Teacher(s) Industrial Engineering and Management (1.05 fte)

University of Groningen

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has several parttime and temporary vacancies for position(s) as lecturer in Industrial Engineering and Management (IEM). Combination of the vacancies is possible for these positions.

The multidisciplinary IEM degree programme is fully embedded in the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The candidate(s) will be (a) member(s) of the IEM Design Group as a core teacher of IEM, providing and developing education on the design of industrial processes and products. The IEM Design Group aims to develop and teach design methods for IEM bachelor’s and master’s degree programme. IEM applies an integrative design approach in which the industrial or business context is fully integrated into technical engineering design. In other words, the management element of IEM adds a sociotechnical approach to design assignments.

The teaching position(s) involve(s) developing and teaching methods to conduct IEM design assignments. Specific course units of the IEM curriculum at the University Groningen (UG) systematically teach methods to analyse, structure and solve IEM design issues. The IEM Design Group is responsible for most of these courses, among which typical course unit elements are system and problem definition (goal and scope), stakeholder involvement, conceptual modelling, determining research questions, which are prerequisites of follow-up design steps. The independent IEM Design Group closely cooperates with the research institute ENTEG (ENgineering and TEchnology institute Groningen) and also has strong industrial connections. Staff of the IEM Design Group is challenged to develop teaching and design methods of industrial engineering and management.

Job description
The teaching position(s) in IEM are for the academic year 2016-2017 and assigned to the areas:

1. Learning communities (0.5 fte)
Learning Communities (LC): initiated and monitored by University Groningen (UG) board, IEM was selected for the UG pilot for the academic year 2015-2016 in which the primary focus was on the first year of IEM. Teaching staff of the IEM Design Group is taking the lead in the LC pilot. For IEM, this LC pilot will be extended to next academic year, now to develop LC for the second year IEM and further improve the first year IEM. Within this position, tasks are the development of LC modules, and working with elderly year students who act as daily supervisors (so-called LC coaches). Also, involvement in Faculty and university wide transfer of experiences are within the scope of this position. The vacancy is within the time frame of this pilot, foreseen for one year, with a workload equal to ± 0.5 fte.

2. Curriculum coherence (0.15 fte)
Independent from LC, but having close links, first year IEM projects aim to improve curriculum coherence, both on team work as well as practical experiences. These first year projects should link existing course units of the programme more closely. For the academic year 2016-2017, around 0.15 fte is assigned to support IEM Design Group staff to further develop first year projects in which students gain both practical skills as well as team skills.

3. Design projects (0.4 fte)
Finally, for the academic year 2016-2017, around 0.4 fte is available for the supervision of the second year master IEM Design Projects, as well as second assessment of master’s thesis projects. In this respect, there will be close links to research projects in ENTEG through thesis work and research group meetings. The candidate is also expected to make use of connections to industry in teaching, thereby bridging the domains of research and industrial application.

Candidates are expected to show affinity with both engineering technology as well as elements of design processes, project management, team work, (ethical) responsibility, key aspects of information (IT) management, and business sciences. Depending on the background and interest of the candidates, combinations of the three temporary positions are possible.

• proven in-depth understanding of the field of engineering and engineering design, acquired in a work setting and/or in a degree programme
• preferably the candidate has a finalized (bachelor and/or master) degree programme on Industrial Engineering and Management, Technology Management, or a closely related degree programme; also possible is a bachelor or master degree in business/economic sciences with proven strong affinity with an industrial engineering setting
• especially invited are candidates with a strong affinity to engineering design; a background in Industrial Design or other design disciplines may be suited as well
• preferably a PhD degree in a relevant IEM- or Natural Sciences related field
• work experience in science and technical engineering subjects, preferably 2-5 years of experience in an educational/industrial setting
• affinity with project management, team work and ethical considerations
• proven ability to develop education in a multidisciplinary setting: able to apply knowledge and skills from both the social/managerial sciences and mathematical/natural sciences
• experience in various teaching approaches and teaching, awareness of and willingness to use the latest innovations in teaching
• fluency in English and Dutch
• a strong drive to share ideas on design with colleagues and students, a drive to energize and to invest in students and staff members
• excellent communication skills and ability to work under pressure.

Conditions of employment
Contract length: 12 months.
The University of Groningen offers a salary dependent on qualifications and relevant work experience, with a minimum of € 3,400 gross per month to a maximum of € 4,654 gross per month (salary scale 11 Dutch Universities) for a fulltime position, plus an 8% holiday allowance, 8.3% end-of-year bonus and participation in an employee pension scheme. The position is classified as ‘Teacher 3’, according to the UFO (University Job Rankings) job profiles. The appointment is for 1 year. The conditions of employment comply with the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (available in English at http://www.vsnu.nl). Starting date: preferably October 2016 (then the appointment will be to October 2017). Application You may apply for this position until 22 September / before 23 September2016 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website). Applications must include a curriculum vitae and any available teaching evaluations. Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.
Maximum salary: 4691.

Additional information
For additional information, please contact:
Dr Gerald Jonker, Head of IEM design group and IEM Bachelor’s programme director
+31 50 3634282,

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 216256-58

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