Junior Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Sciences

VU University of Amsterdam Faculty of Science


FTE: 0.8 - 1

Job description

We are looking for a colleague who is passionate about education, in particular within the context of Medicinal Chemistry. You will support the following programmes: BSc Farmaceutische wetenschappen and MSc Drug Discovery and Safety. As junior lecturer, you will be involved in various teaching-related, and organizational activities in both programmes.

as a Junior lecturer you will be encouraged to work on academic innovations and to build a portfolio in the context of education as a preparation for various career paths. To this end, you will have the opportunity to acquire a basic qualification in teaching at university level (‘BKO’). The junior lecturer position is ideally suited for early-career teachers. A full Junior Lecturer Trajectory is 4 years and 2 months.

Your duties

The junior lecturer will be expected to: 

  • be actively involved in supervision of Bachelor internships
  • contribute to several BSc and MSc courses
  • contribute to promotional activities (Outreach) for the programmes
  • initiate and participate in innovation projects to further improve teaching practices
  • assist in coordination and administrative tasks of the programmes


The candidate must have completed a Master in Medicinal Chemistry or related, and a proven affinity with education. Candidates who have completed or are close to completing a PhD are particularly encouraged to apply for this position. 

In addition, the candidate must: 

  • be fluent in Dutch and English
  • have strong oral and written communication skills
  • possess good organizational skills
  • be proactive and able to work independently

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 €2,790 (scale 10) and a maximum €4,402 (scale 10), depending on your education and experience. The job profile:Docent 4 is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.8 FTE. The employment contract will affect a period of 50 months.

Due to the COVID19-regulations, educational activities will be both online (working from home) and on VU campus if possible. The advice to work from home on a regular basis will continue to apply after June 1 2021, but we expect ‘on campus activities’ at least once a week for our first year’s students.

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
  • 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • solid pension scheme (ABP)
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package

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 26,000 students. We employ over 4,600 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 around 6,000 students.


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae, cover letter and one or two references (name(s) and e-mail address(es)), until May 2, 2021. 

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions

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

Name: Prof. Dr. Iwan de Esch
E-mail: i.de.esch@vu.nl

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