Instructional Designer

Updated: 22 days ago
Deadline: 27 May 2024

Your job

Do you have a passion for designing education that contributes to sustainable solutions for complex issues? Do you like to develop courses with content experts? Please read on.

The job
At the Teaching and Learning Centre we are looking for an instructional designer with expertise and broad experience in developing courses and programmes for both professional and academic education.

In this position you will develop courses and curricula together with teachers and other content experts at Wageningen University and Research (WUR). You will work in teams together with other instructional designers and educational advisors, project managers, functional administrators, marketing advisors, multimedia specialists and student assistants.

Your responsibilities
You bring experience to contribute to the designing of online, blended and face-to-face courses and learning activities for both university campus programmes as well as professional education. Besides teaching staff, our partners include providers of Continuing Education at WUR, like Wageningen Academy and Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation. In addition, some course design and development processes may include co-creation with professionals working within the domain.

In addition to facilitating instructional design processes, you will advise teachers and programme managers in the development and implementation of innovative pedagogical practices.

Your most important tasks concern:

  • advising, inspiring and supporting educational project teams on content and pedagogic quality of course design and development;
  • supporting content experts to formulate learning goals and ensure constructive alignment;
  • facilitating the design and redesign process of high impact courses and programmes from idea to evaluation;
  • giving feedback to content experts on learning activities such as texts, quizzes, video scripts and slides for knowledge clips.
About us

Life Long Learning Creation (3LC) is one of seven teams within the Teaching and Learning Centre of WUR. This multidisciplinary (agile) team works in close cooperation with Wageningen Academy on professional courses as well as campus education in the interdisciplinary ”healthy food and living environment” domain of Wageningen University & Research. The team is currently in transition from Life Long Learning Creation (3LC) to Learning Creation (LC).


Your qualities

You are a professional with a passion for education and with:

  • a relevant MSc-degree in the field of Educational or Instructional Design, Pedagogical Sciences, OR similar;
  • minimum 5 years or more relevant work experience in Higher and/or Continuing education;
  • excellent communication and consultancy skills, to build and underpin advice to staff, teachers and heterogeneous teams of academic and technical experts;
  • good proficiency in English (C2), proficiency in Dutch is a plus;
  • excellent organisational skills;
  • affinity with the Wageningen domains of environment and life sciences is a plus.

You are creative and curious by nature, and in your work, you are proactive, open, flexible, practical and solution-oriented. You are a team player with a learning attitude who can also work well under (time) pressure.


We offer you

Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment . A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:

  • working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • the option to accrue additional compensation hours by working more;
  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and partially paid parental leave;
  • there is a strong focus on vitality and you can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee;
  • a fixed December bonus of 8,3%;
  • excellent pension scheme.

In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will of course receive a good salary. Depending on your experience, we offer a competitive gross salary of between € 4.332,- and € 5.929,- for a full-time working week of 38 hours, in accordance with the 

Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU)

(scale 11). For this position we offer a temporary contract for the period of 1 year and 0.8 fte with the possibility of a fixed contract after one year.

Wageningen University & Research encourages internal advancement opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are plenty of options for personal initiative in a learning environment, and we provide excellent training opportunities. We are offering a multi-faceted position in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

You are going to work at the greenest and most innovative campus in Holland and with your work you have a clear and positive impact on society. At WUR we work on the most pressing challenges of our time, like climate change and feeding the world in a sustainable way. 

Coming from abroad
Wageningen University & Research is the university and research centre for life sciences. The themes we deal with are relevant to everyone around the world and Wageningen, therefore, has a large international community and a lot to offer to international employees.

Because we expect you to work and live in the Netherlands our team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family.
Feeling welcome also has everything to do with being well informed. Wageningen University & Research's International Community page contains practical information about what we can do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen. Furthermore, we can assist you with any additional advice and information about for example helping your partner to find a job, housing, or schooling. Finally, certain categories of international staff may be eligible for a tax exemption on a part of their salary during the first five years in the Netherlands.


Do you want more information?

For more information about this position, you can contact Ieva Leimane Instructional Designer and Irene van Leersum Flow Master Learning Creation in the team: [email protected] until 6 May and [email protected]  available from 14th of May.

For questions on the procedure you can contact Djura Prins HR Support/Coach: [email protected] before 2 May or after 15th of May. The first interview round is planned on Monday 3rd and Thursday 6th of June.

Do you want to apply?
You can apply directly using the apply button on the vacancy page on our website which will allow us to process your personal information with your approval.

This vacancy is open up to and including the 27th of May 2024. In the meantime, we are already looking at your application and a possible interview will be scheduled as soon as possible, so do not wait to apply until the closing date.

Equal opportunities
Wageningen University & Research (WUR) employs a large number of people with very different backgrounds and qualities, who inspire and motivate each other. We want every talent to feel at home in our organisation and be offered the same career opportunities. We therefore especially welcome applications from people who are underrepresented at WUR.

For more information please go to our inclusivity page . A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment .


We are

The mission of Wageningen University & Research is “To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life”. Under the banner Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen University and the specialised research institutes of the Wageningen Research Foundation have joined forces in contributing to finding solutions to important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment.

With its roughly 30 branches, 7,600 employees (6,700 fte) and 13,100 students and over 150,000 participants to WUR’s Life Long Learning, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. The unique Wageningen approach lies in its integrated approach to issues and the collaboration between different disciplines.

Education and Student Affairs
‘Education and Student Affairs’ (ESA) is – as central department in Wageningen University and Research – responsible for the strategy, the implementation as well as the support for and innovation of its education. The department matches supply and demand in education, is responsible for all the administrative processes, guarantees the quality of its education and develops and implements the university’s vision for education. In addition to its accredited educational BSc and MSc programmes, ESA initiates and develops new educational activities, including an online education portfolio and professional education. More than 200 employees work at the department of Education and Student Affairs. Since 15 years, Wageningen University and Research has a leading position in the Netherlands for its quality education and education facilities.

The Teaching and Learning Centre
As part of TLC, the Teaching and Learning (TLC), aims at optimising learning and teaching and educational innovations at our university. ESC seeks to inspire lecturers, facilitate and support their teaching and the education environment and finally to enhance lecturers’ professional teaching competences. The Teaching and Learning Centre employs around 75 staff members (60 fte) in 6 teams:

  • Training & Advice - offers pedagogical advice and educational training, workshops and courses, such as the University Teaching Qualification (Basis Kwalificatie Onderwijs).
  • Lifelong Learning Creation (3LC) - supports creation of continuing education beyond the bachelor and master phases, as well as curriculum development.
  • Online Learning Environment - offers functional management of the digital learning environment (Brightspace) and emerging educational technology applications.
  • Educational Media - supports the production of media and associated capture and distribution technologies.
  • Digital Assessments - responsible for all the digital assessments in education and associate technologies.
  • Society Based Education - stimulates and organises real life cases in education offered by societal partners (from business, governmental-, to civil society organisations).

Read the 5 reasons why your future colleagues enjoy working at WUR and watch this video to get an idea of our green campus!

We will recruit for the vacancy ourselves and do not appreciate unasked for services from recruitment agencies. However, sharing in your network is appreciated



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