Junior lecturer (juniordocent) Master’s Programme Bioinformatics and Systems Biology JD

Updated: 4 months ago
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We are looking for a colleague who is passionate about education and dedicated to support the VU/UvA joint degree Master’s programme for 

Bioinformatics and Systems Biology

Please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

FTE: 1

Job description

As junior lecturer you will be involved in various teaching-related, and organizational activities, and will work together with coordinators, lecturers and other junior lecturers that are active in the courses of the existing curriculum. We are specifically looking for candidates who have a strong affinity with all aspects related to the field of

Systems Biology

, including programming, molecular & cell biology, mathematics, machine learning, quantitative data analysis and computational modelling.

You will be encouraged to develop your personal professional academic teaching skills and to build a portfolio to prepare for various career paths. To this end, you will have the opportunity to acquire the “basic teaching qualification” at the university level (UTQ or BKO) and follow relevant teaching modules provided by the Teaching & Learning Center.

The junior lecturer position -ideally suitable for starting lecturers- is placed both (50%:50%) at the Amsterdam Institute of Molecular and Life Sciences (VU, secretary) and the Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences (UvA, host location) and is immediately available with a start somewhere in Spring 2023. Your daily supervisors will be prof. dr. Frank Bruggeman (VU) and dr. Marten Postma (UvA).

Your duties

The junior lecturer will be expected to:

  • be actively involved in curriculum and course development and teaching that are part of the systems biology track;
  • contribute to the development of academic skills and community-building activities in courses and internships;
  • initiate and participate in innovation projects to further improve teaching quality in the programme;
  • contribute to promotional activities and admission procedures of the programme;
  • assist in coordination and administrative tasks of the masters’ programme.


The candidate must have completed a Master’s degree related to Systems Biology, Quantitative Biology, Computational Biology, Computational Science, Bioinformatics, Biostatistics or Mathematical biology. Candidates who have completed or are close to completing a PhD in the same area, are particularly encouraged to apply for this position.

In addition, the candidate

  • is fluent in English;
  • has strong oral and written communication skills;
  • possesses good organizational skills;
  • is proactive and able to work independently and in a team;
  • can work with diverse international students;
  • has affinity with and potential for teaching;
  • experience as a teaching assistant or comparable work experience is a pre;
  • has skills in mathematics, and scientific programming in R and Python.

What are we offering?

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €2,960 (scale 10)

and a maximum €4,670 (scale 10), depending on your education and experience. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for 1 FTE.

A full Junior Lecturer Trajectory is 4 years and 2 months probation, and cannot be extended beyond this period. This position therefore does not lead to permanent employment.

Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:

  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment,
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus,
  • solid pension scheme (ABP),
  • possibility to save holiday hours, for sabbatical leave,
  • child daycare facilities available on campus

About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavor – from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 30,000 students. We employ over 5,500 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

The Faculty of Science
The Faculty of Science inspires researchers and students to find sustainable solutions for complex societal issues. From forest fires to big data, from obesity to medicines and from molecules to the moon: our teaching and research programmes cover the full spectrum of the natural sciences. We share knowledge and experience with leading research institutes and industries, both here in the Netherlands and abroad.

Working at the Faculty of Science means working with students, PhD candidates and researchers, all with a clear focus on their field and a broad view of the world. We employ more than 1,250 staff members, and we are home to more than 11,000 students.

About University of Amsterdam
The University of Amsterdam is ambitious, creative and committed: a leader in international science and a partner in innovation, the UvA has been inspiring generations since 1632. We are the Netherlands' largest university, offering the widest range of academic programmes. At the UvA, 30,000 students, 6,000 staff members and 3,000 PhD candidates study and work in a diverse range of fields, connected by a culture of curiosity.

The UvA Faculty of Science has a student body of around 8,000, as well as 1,800 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.
The Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences (SILS) is one of the UvA Faculty of Science’s largest institutes. Its approximately 240 scientists and staff members work in 16 research groups that perform excellent research centered on four themes: Neurosciences, Cell & Systems Biology, Microbiology and Green Life Sciences.


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until


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Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Dr. K. Anton Feenstra
Position: Assistant Professor IBIVU/Bioinformatics
E-mail: k.a.feenstra@vu.nl
Telephone: +31 (0)20 59 87783

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