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Assistant Professor in Education and Learning

Vacancy number
22-537 12562
Job type
Academic staff
Hours (in fte)
External/ internal
Den Haag
Placed on
30 August 2022
Closing date
20 September 2022 Vacancy closed

Leiden University College The Hague (LUC), part of the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs, is inviting applications for the position of

Assistant Professor in Education and Learning (1.0 fte)
Vacancy number 22-537 12562 

Job description
Within the Liberal Arts & Sciences international honours programme of Leiden University College (LUC), we offer an assistant professor position focused on educational innovation and learning. You will be part of a thriving research and teaching community, that is expanding partially with projects initiated in the national 2022 Social Science Sector Programme. Part of the Sector Programme focuses on Educational Sciences, aiming to address major challenges in the educational sector. LUC will contribute to the SSH theme ‘inspiration to learn’ by doing research and developing evidence-based tools to promote inspiring and active learning in Higher Education.  

In this assistant professor position, you will become a member of the Learning Mindset team (www.learningmindset.org), which designs and researches educational tools and techniques to help students become more active learners. We are a diverse team, composed of Leiden University teachers, students, designers, and administrators from LUC and Leiden’s Centre for Innovation, who value co-creative design, experimentation, and careful evaluation of our tools and interventions to promote active learning skills. There is a lot of collaboration across the boundaries of disciplines as well as with students. We have recently been awarded the Nederlandse Hogeronderwijspremie and are using this to establish a Learning Mindset educational innovation lab affiliated to LUC.

The position includes research and service as part of the Learning Mindset (40%) and teaching in LUC’s Global Challenges programme (60%). Supervision of student research is an important part of the position. You will be able to develop, in consultation and collaboration with the other team members, your own research lines that match the long-term strategy of the Learning Mindset and LUC. Demonstrable expertise in teaching innovation and research related to education are required, and affinity with Liberal Arts & Sciences is desirable.

We seek a highly motivated researcher/teacher, who is excited about designing and implementing teaching innovations but also has demonstrable expertise in empirical academic research on education. We are looking for a team player and ‘doer’, who is not only motivated to teach and research, but also excited to co-create educational tools and interventions with partners in The Hague, Leiden and elsewhere. We are open to applications from a wide range of academic disciplines, including but not limited to educational science and pedagogy. Methodologically, we are looking for a candidate with quantitative expertise in observational and (quasi)experimental designs. In teaching, we seek a candidate who is excited about teaching interdisciplinary academic skills, such as academic writing, statistics, qualitative and quantitative research methods, GIS, and/or research design within the context of global challenges.

Key responsibilities
 In this position you will:

  • Contribute to the development of the Learning Mindset project, including building partnerships; developing, implementing, and studying teaching innovations; and contributing to the development of the new TLM innovation lab.
  • Conduct research on education innovation within the research lines of the Learning Mindset.
  • Teach undergraduate students and develop courses within the Liberal Arts & Sciences programme of Leiden University College, with a focus on interdisciplinary academic skills.
  • Contribute to the acquisition of research or teaching grants.
  • Contribute to the supervision of student research, including Capstone (bachelor) theses.

Selection criteria
We are looking for candidates who:

  • Have a PhD in education or any other field within the scope of LUC’s Global Challenges programme;
  • Have demonstrable affinity with (interdisciplinary) academic skills and preferably also with the teaching philosophy of Liberal Arts & Sciences;
  • Have demonstrable affinity and experience with teaching innovation;
  • Have demonstrable expertise in researching education and/or learning;
  • Have published in (inter)national scientific journals, or other scholarly outlets;
  • Are enthusiastic about working closely in a team with colleagues and students, also in other faculties and organisations outside the university;
  • Have experience or affinity with collaborating with societal partners and with developing and maintaining external networks;
  • Have excellent social skills and are able to work constructively in an international/intercultural team, and are committed to contribute to an inclusive working and learning environment, through research, teaching and service; and
  • Have excellent English communication skills.

Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs 
The Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs is an internationally acclaimed academic knowledge hub that studies world-wide issues from the varied perspectives of governance, politics, law, sociology and economics. We contribute to far-reaching socio-cultural debate through our acquired knowledge. We aim to do this not only through education and research, but also by organizing lectures and debates to learn from.

The faculty’s scientific research is organized around a number of centers and institutes in The Hague, city of peace and justice. Staff members conduct research in fields such as global politics, public administration, security, and urban issues. Complex issues are examined from an interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary perspective. For more information, see here.

Leiden University College
Leiden University College The Hague (LUC) is the international Honors College of Leiden University, offering an innovative Liberal Arts & Sciences undergraduate program to highly talented and motivated students from all over the world. It has consistently ranked the top liberal arts and sciences’ college in the Netherlands with a strong track record on societally-relevant social science research.

Research at LUC fits within the general frame of global challenges that is central to our teaching program, covering major societal issues including Peace & Justice, Diversity, Prosperity, and Sustainability. Key research themes include international relations and conflict studies, international justice, governance and development, earth, energy, and sustainability, human diversity and belonging, and global public health.

LUC the Hague is fully part of Leiden University, which provides LUC academic staff a myriad range of collaborative opportunities while also contributing to the stimulating atmosphere of our college community in The Hague. The location of Leiden University within the dynamic Randstad knowledge corridor provides prospects for partnering with expertise at several leading European universities, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations. The Learning Mindset and LUC also value close connections with societal and governance partners and stakeholders within the city of The Hague, as well as nationally and internationally.

Terms and conditions
The assistant professor will become part of an ambitious and dynamic team of colleagues that wants to further expand the successes the Learning Mindset and Leiden University College have had in recent years.

The appointment (fte 1.0) is in temporary employment for max 18 months, with the prospect of a permanent position based on funding and performance.  The salary will be in the usual range for an Assistant Professor; the level depends on previous experience and ranges from  3.974, - to € 5.439,- gross per month (pay scale 11), in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities.  

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3%), training and career development. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. For more information: https://www.staff.universiteitleiden.nl/human-resources/conditions-of-employment-salary-and-allowance?cf=governance-and-global-affairs

The assistant professor is expected to live in (or relocate to) The Netherlands for the duration of the position. 

Leiden University requires teaching staff to obtain the basic University Teaching Qualification (UTQ/BKO). If the successful applicant does not already possess this qualification or evidence of its equivalent, they must be willing to obtain this basic qualification within two years. Newly hired staff not already proficient in Dutch are strongly encouraged to learn Dutch.

We intend to fill this position by December 2022.

Diversity and inclusion
Fostering an inclusive community is a central element of the values and vision of Leiden University. Leiden University is committed to becoming an inclusive community which enables all students and staff to feel valued and respected and to develop their full potential. Diversity in experiences and perspectives enriches our teaching and strengthens our research. High quality teaching and research is inclusive.

For information about this position, please contact Dr David Ehrhardt (d.w.l.ehrhardt@luc.leidenuniv.nl) or Dr Caroline Archambault (c.archambault@luc.leidenuniv.nl)

Please submit online your application no later than 20 September 2022 via the blue button in our application system. Applicants should submit the following documents online:

  • Full academic CV
  • A motivation letter (one page)
  • Contact details of three referees
  • A research and teaching statement (3 pages max in total) that outlines (i) your approach to researching innovative educational tools and techniques, especially around active learning; and (ii) your vision on, and approach to, teaching (academic skills) within a Liberal Arts & Sciences programme organized around global challenges.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated

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