Assistant Professor in Biology Education

Utrecht University Faculty of Science


Assistant Professor in Biology Education

Job description

As an Assistant Professor of Biology Education, you contribute to the core tasks of the group: research, education and outreach. You will participate in and initiate biology/science education research that is in line with the FI research programme 2021-2026, but also has its own character. You will be teaching within the Bachelor's and Master's programmes in the field of Science Education and Communication, where we expect you to be able to play a role in educational development and innovation. You will also be part of projects in the field of outreach and valorisation, such as the projects within U-Talent and/or (ongoing) European projects. Lastly, the supervision of Master's and PhD students is an important and rewarding aspect of the function. You are intrinsically motivated to publish in leading scientific journals and obtain external research funding.


Our ideal candidate is committed and has a collaborative spirit. You also have:

  • a background in biology or life sciences as evidenced by at least a Bachelor's degree in one of the disciplines;
  • demonstrated interest in and experience with biology education research, in line with the FI research programme;
  • a PhD in a relevant field, for example, biology education, educational sciences, or a PhD in a biological subject combined with extensive experience in secondary education;
  • oral and written command of the Dutch and English language (or you are willing to learn the Dutch language);
  • a first-degree qualification in biology is considered an advantage.


  • an appointment at the level of Assistant Professor, initially based on a temporary employment contract (0.8-1.0 FTE) for a period of 1 year (incl. 2 months probationary period), with the prospect of a permanent employment contract upon proven suitability;
  • a gross salary – depending on education and experience - ranging between €3,746 and €5,127 (scale 11 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities (cao)) per month for a full-time employment;
  • salaries are supplemented with a holiday allowance of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year;
  • a pension scheme, collective insurance schemes, and partially paid parental leave based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities.

In addition to the employment conditions laid down in the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, Utrecht University has a number of its own schemes. For example, there are agreements about professional development, leave arrangements, and sports. We also give you the space to expand the terms of employment via the Terms of Employment Options Model. This is how we like to encourage you to keep growing. For international employees, the University offers help with finding housing, child care and schools, as well as a partner programme and a Dutch language course.

More information about working at the Faculty of Science can be found here.

About the organization

The position is located in the Science Education group at the Freudenthal Institute (FI). The mission of the FI is to contribute to high-quality education in mathematics and natural sciences through education, research, and professionalization. The FI consists of the groups Mathematics Education, Science Education, Public engagement & Science Communication, History and Philosophy of Science (HPS), and U-Talent. The Science group consists of approximately fifteen employees and ten PhD students, the majority of whom work part-time. The group is engaged in teaching, STEM educational research, and outreach activities for the educational field, such as conferences for teachers and teacher educators.

The Faculty of Science has six departments: Biology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics. Each of these departments focuses on important social issues, often in collaboration with groups within and outside the faculty.

Utrecht University is a friendly and ambitious university at the heart of an ancient city. We love to welcome new scientists to our city – a thriving cultural hub that is consistently rated as one of the world’s happiest cities. We are renowned for our innovative interdisciplinary research and our emphasis on inspirational research and excellent education. We are equally well-known for our familiar atmosphere and the can-do attitude of our people. This fundamental connection attracts Researchers, Professors and PhD candidates from all over the globe, making both the university and the Faculty of Science a vibrant international and wonderfully diverse community.

Additional information

Interviews will take place in the second half of September.

If you have any questions about this position, please don't hesitate to contact Professor Wouter van Joolingen, via, 06 34 85 32 82, or Dr. Marie-Christine Knippels, via, 06 12 57 93 33.

Do you have a question about the application procedure? Please send an email to, stating the job title.


Utrecht University is committed to securing equal opportunity for everyone. We celebrate diversity and are dedicated to creating an inclusive environment for all our employees. If you feel you have the profile, expertise, and experience to excel in this position, please respond via the “Apply now” button, enclosing:

  • your motivation letter;
  • your curriculum vitae;
  • the name and contact details of at least 1 reference.

Please note: Due to the current situation regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) the process of selection and interviews is subject to change. Initial interviews will most likely be conducted online.

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