Lecturer in Life Sciences Practicals (1.0 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. Our community has an open and informal character with students and staff from around the world.

This position will be embedded in FSE’s School of Science and Engineering, which offers 14 Bachelor degree programmes and 26 Master degree programmes to approximately 7,000 students. In particular, you will become part of the team that takes care of the Biology and LS&T bachelor programme.

Job description

We are looking for a Practical Lecturer who can strengthen our Life Sciences BSc degree programmes. As part of a team of practical teachers, you will be involved in the organization and innovation of microbiological lab practicals for various groups of students, including a large cohort of 1st year Biology students. Most of these practicals are scheduled as full-time three-week block courses; as a result, you can expect periods of high workload and daily, intensive contact with students during courses, alternated with periods that allow for more flexible planning, during which you can prepare for upcoming practicals.

The tasks of the Practical Lecturer will include:

• the preparation and organization of microbiological practicals, including tasks such as ordering of chemicals and disposables, organizing lab equipment, and preparing practical rooms
• supervising students during practical courses, teaching laboratory skills, and assisting in student assessment
• overseeing adherence to lab safety protocols and securing safe working conditions for students and staff
• managing the allocation of students to practical groups, monitoring student attendance, and accommodating students with special needs
• contributing to the development/revision of new/existing practical courses
• coordinating all of the above activities with the responsible course coordinators, practical coordinator and fellow practical teachers.

Preferred start date: 1 September, in any case not later than 1 November.


We encourage you to apply if you:

● have a MSc or PhD degree in the area of microbiology or a related field
● possess excellent microbiological lab skills, up to the level required for developing new practicals focused on modern microbiological techniques
● have experience in teaching or supervision of students, for example, as a teaching assistant, tutor or lecturer
● have good command of spoken and written English
● are a team player with good communication skills
● exhibit a talent for organization, flexibility and time management skills, to be able to cope with fluctuations in workload
● are able to work well in an international, culturally diverse, environment.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 12 months.

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

● a salary, depending on work experience and qualifications, with a minimum of € 2,790 (salary scale 10) up to a maximum of € 5,127 gross per month (salary scale 11) for a full-time position
● an appointment for one year that will be extended by two years if you perform well
• a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income
• an 8.3% end-of-the-year allowance
● a minimum of 29 holidays and additional 12 holidays in case of full-time employment
● training opportunities to further develop your didactic capabilities, including the UTQ (BKO) training.

Consider our website for more information about the conditions of employment at the University of Groningen: https://www.rug.nl/about-ug/work-with-us/new-staff/conditions-of-employment

Job Application

Do you want to become a member of our team? Please send your application to us, by submitting the following documents:
● a cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position
● a curriculum vitae, including a description of your teaching experience.

You can submit your application until 13 June 11:59pm / before 14 June 2021 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

The interviews with the potential candidates will take place between 21 June and 25 June 2021.

We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. We have adopted an active policy to increase the number of female scientists across all disciplines of the university. Therefore, women are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), https://www.nvp-hrnetwerk.nl/sollicitatiecode/

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Prof. Sander van Doorn (for information about the position)

Prof. Marc van der Maarel (for other information )

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 221348

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