Lecturer Science and Society (0.6 FTE)


Faculty of Science and Engineering


University of Groningen

The University of Groningen is a research university with a global outlook, deeply rooted in Groningen, City of Talent. Quality has had top priority for over four hundred years, and with success: the university is currently in the top 100 of several influential ranking lists.

The Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) offers education and research in a wide range of science disciplines, from traditional disciplines such as physics and biology to interdisciplinary disciplines such as artificial intelligence and industrial engineering and management. The Undergraduate School and Graduate School of the faculty provide respectively 13 bachelor degree programmes and 26 master degree programmes to approximately 6.000 students. The faculty’s staff and students come from all over the world and nearly all its degree programmes are in English.

Within the Faculty, a group of lecturers is responsible for interdisciplinary education on the crossroads of science and society. The group provides courses on ethics, philosophy of science, policy and career orientation in most of the faculty’s degree programmes, from mathematics to medical biology. The Faculty has presently one vacancy within this group.

Job description

The Lecturer will teach in various courses of the faculty’s ‘science and society’ education, which include the Science, Business and Policy (SBP) track in most of the master’s programmes, four courses in the faculty’s bachelor’s programmes on Ethical and Professional Aspects (EPA) and 3 courses within the university broad sustainability minor Future Planet Innovations (FPI). The courses are interdisciplinary and most of them include projects that take place outside academia. We expect the Lecturer to supervise (short and long term) internships within the SBP track, to teach in at least one of the EPA courses and to teach in one of the courses in FPI minor The specific courses are listed below, for more information on the content, please consider the university’s on-line course catalog (https://www.rug.nl/ocasys/).

• introduction Science and Business (SBP track)
• introduction to Science and Policy (SBP track)
• internship Business and Policy (SBP track)
• global Challenges (minor FPI)
• sustainability in Perspective (minor FPI)
• sustainable Contributions to Society (minor FPI)
• science, Ethics, Technology and Society (EPA, Chemistry)
• physics, Astronomy, Ethics, and Society (EPA).

The Lecturer tasks could include:
• give lectures and tutorials within the courses listed above
• prepare and/or supervise (BSc and MSc) internships at companies and (non-) governmental organizations
• prepare and/or supervise (BSc and MSc) projects on science advice
• contribute to the development of the different courses within a development team
• contribute to the organization of education, for example by participating in Programme Committees (approximately 10% of the appointment)
• have the opportunity for further professionalization (approximately 10% of the position).

Teaching at the Faculty of Science and Engineering is research-infused. For this reason, you will be affiliated with the research group Science and Society Group.


What we expect of you:
• a master’s degree in a science or engineering discipline (preferably in the field of applied pharmacy/medical biology)
• experience with various types of academic teaching and learning (lectures, tutorials, group work, coaching, workshops)
• minimally 2 years of experience in teaching at the university level
• affiliation with innovation, economics, business and policy studies
• demonstrable broad interests in and knowledge of societal aspects of science and engineering
• experience outside of academia, such as in business, consultancy, government, or non-governmental organizations is an asset
• excellent proficiency in English and command of Dutch
• cross-cultural sensitivity and strong communication skills
• to be flexible and creative
• ability to work in a team
• a University Teaching Qualification (Dutch: BKO) or the willingness to obtain this within a year.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 12 months.

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:
• a salary with a minimum of € 2,709 (salary scale 10) up to a maximum of € 4,978 gross per month (salary scale 11 - scale and starting salary depends on qualifications and experience) for a full-time position
• in addition to the salary: 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
• an appointment for initially one year that, after a positive evaluation during the Result and Development Interview, becomes permanent
• a part-time position (0.6 FTE).

Curious about our further conditions of employment? You can click on this link: https://www.rug.nl/about-us/work-with-us/that-is-why/conditions-employment

Job Application

Do you meet our qualification criteria? If yes, your application should include:
- a motivation letter
- a curriculum vitae.

You can submit your application until 6 October 11.59pm / before 7 October 2019 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

The interviews will be held on the 16th of October.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our University. We are committed to building a diverse faculty so you are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), https://nvp-plaza.nl/download/?id=7714 and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers, https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/charter/code

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Dr M. van Rijssel
+31 50 3632212

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 219483

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