Support Officer for Physics 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 programmes of Physics and Applied Physics.

Job description

We are looking for a practical support officer who can strengthen our bachelor degree programmes in (Applied) Physics and Biomedical Engineering (BME). As a practical support officer, you will be involved mainly in the organization of laboratory practicals as well as supervising students. You will work in a team of practical teachers, lecturers and student teaching assistants.

The tasks of the support officer will include:

• maintaining the daily operation, including safety, of physics laboratories in the physics, applied physics and BME programs
• assisting in the structuring of groups and the organization of associated teaching assistants, including scheduling
• supervising students during lab practicals
• assisting in the assessment of practical reports.


We encourage you to apply if you:

• have a Master’s degree in (applied) physics or Biomedical Engineering (University level or MBO+/HBO with relevant experience)
• have experience in providing technical support for practicals
• have teaching and organisational experience appropriate to the career stage
• have good command of spoken and written English
• are a team player with good communication skills
• are able to work well in an international, culturally diverse, environment
• radiation safety level 5b is an advantage
• knowledge of computer control systems and connection to measuring equipment.

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, with a minimum of € 2,656 up to a maximum of € 3,548 gross per month (salary scale 8) 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.

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

Consider our website for more information about the conditions of employment at the University of Groningen:

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 in weeks of 21-25 June or 28 June - 2 July, 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),

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Prof. E. van der Giessen, Programme Director (BSc Biomedical Engineering), info about the position
+31 6 57574223

Dr Gerco Onderwater, Director School of Science and Engineering, for other information
+31 50 3633557

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 221357

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