Combined Phd-Teaching Position Methods In Interdisciplinary Sustainability Education (1.0 Fte)

Utrecht University
December 15, 2023
Offerd Salary:€ 2,770
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Combined PhD-teaching position methods in interdisciplinary sustainability

education (1.0 FTE)

Job description

Today's complex sustainability challenges like climate change, feeding the world's population, and biodiversity loss surpass single academic disciplines and require interdisciplinary approaches. The Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development of Utrecht University (UU) and University College Utrecht (UCU) therefore consider interdisciplinarity a crucial aspect in our education programmes.

  • the relation between disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge and methods;
  • incorporation of transformative components, e.g. in co-creation between students, teachers, and stakeholders;
  • how knowledge on education can impact research and teachers in the workplace.
  • Teaching is primarily based at UCU and includes courses on Earth sciences, environment sciences and sustainability. University College Utrecht (UCU) is the international (English language) Honours College of Utrecht University in Liberal Arts and Sciences. It offers students an academic and residential setting to provide foundations for their academic and/or professional careers. Among the special characteristics of the college are its small classes and individual attention. It provides an environment that encourages intellectual exchange among students and teachers in a friendly and informal atmosphere. Your time between research and teaching is split equally. In addition, you have approximately 10% of your time for professional and academic development, for instance to obtain a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ/BKO) and follow PhD courses. You will also join the Geosciences Graduate School for PhDs. Guidance and supervision of your research and teaching is shared by the Copernicus Institute and UCU.


    We are looking for a candidate with a proven passion for education and interest in sustainability who would like to prepare students for the great challenges of the coming decades by their teaching and by their research. As an ideal candidate you have:

  • a Master's degree (or you graduate before February 2024) in environmental sciences, sustainability sciences, Earth sciences, biology, or related field;
  • ability to combine and collaborate on the different tasks associated with research and teaching;
  • affinity with the societal context of sustainability challenges;
  • interest in and a positive experience with teaching (e.g. teaching assistant, junior teacher, lecturer at the University of applied sciences);
  • motivation to further develop your teaching skills and acquire the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ/BKO);
  • enthusiastic to combine teaching and research over a 6-year period;
  • excellent communication and academic writing skills in English (equivalent to B2).
  • Offer

    We offer:

  • a position (1.0 FTE) for 1 year, with an extension to a total of six years upon successful assessment;
  • a full-time gross salary between € 2,770 in the first year and € 3,539 in the fourth year of employment in scale P of the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities;
  • 8% holiday bonus and 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
  • a pension scheme, partially paid parental leave, and flexible employment conditions based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities.
  • About the organization

    A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major strategic themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Pathways to Sustainability. Sharing science, shaping tomorrow.

    Additional information For inquiries and additional information please contact Prof. Dr Karin Rebel (Director of Education) at [email protected], Dr Christel Lutz (Education Institute Director) at [email protected] or Dr Hugo de Boer (Assistant Professor) at [email protected].

    Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives.

    The application deadline is 15/12/2023

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