Assistant or Associate Professor Practical Education Molecular Life Sciences

 We are looking for an Assistant or Associate Professor to join the Teaching Institute of the Department of Chemistry 

. You will be heading the practical education in the molecular life sciences, focussing on the bachelor programmes Chemistry and Molecular and Biophysical Life Sciences (MBLS). Together with the team, you will have a leading role in developing and running practical teaching in the molecular life sciences. This position includes the following tasks: 

  • development of new teaching modules;
  • coordinating and implementing the logistics of practical courses;
  • teaching;
  • contributing to developing the (practical) biochemistry teaching line;
  • training and supervising PhD assistants from the sections and student assistants;

In consultation with the biochemistry teaching staff, you will be: 

  • writing and improving study manuals;
  • renewing teaching activities;
  • developing new experiments and/or courses.

Furthermore, you will be responsible for managing and updating equipment and facilities. In addition, you will spend 20% of your time on scientific research, which may or may not be education-related.


We are looking for an enthusiastic and creative chemist/life-scientist with a passion for chemistry, chemistry education and educational development. Furthermore, we would like to see the following:

  • You have a PhD and preferably bring experience in supervising students during labs, lectures and working classes. Because you will be working in an environment where students expect a lot from you, you know how to be flexible. Your students look to you for learning and inspiration.
  • You have (broad) experimental experience in the molecular life sciences.
  • You have a vision on (practical) education in the molecular life sciences.
  • you have a good command of the English language. Dutch language skills are not required initially, we will offer language courses for Dutch non-native speakers.
  • You are a team player who enjoys working with others, especially the colleagues in the lab, to achieve great results. You are a connector, who can work together with teachers and researchers from the various disciplines to give substance to the practicals. You aware of logistical challenges related to organising practical education.


  • We offer an exciting faculty position in a dynamic environment.
  • A temporary appointment with the prospect of renewal upon satisfactory performance.
  • A full-time gross salary ranging from €3.974 to €7.362 in scale 11-14.
  • 8% holiday bonus and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • A pension scheme, partially paid parental leave, and flexible employment conditions 
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     based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities.

In addition to the employment conditions laid down in the CAO for Dutch Universities, Utrecht University provides some additional arrangements 

. For example, there are agreements on professional development, leave arrangements and sports. We also give you the opportunity to expand your terms of employment via the Employment Conditions Selection Model. This is how we like to encourage you to develop further.

For more information, please visit working at the Faculty of Science 

About the organisation

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 informal atmosphere and the can-do mentality of our people. This lively and inspiring academic environment attracts professors, researchers and PhD candidates from all over the globe, making both the University and the Faculty of Science a vibrant international and wonderfully diverse community.

At the Faculty of Science, there are 6 departments to make a fundamental connection with: Chemistry, Biology, Information and Computing Sciences, Mathematics, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Physics. Each of these is made up of distinct institutes that work together to focus on answering some of humanity’s most pressing problems. More fundamental still are the individual research groups – the building blocks of our ambitious scientific projects.

Within the Teaching Institute of Chemistry, the practicum team has a leading role in providing laboratory education to undergraduate students of the Chemistry and MBLS programmes. This takes place in close cooperation with the chemistry research groups and includes practicals in the fields of the molecular life sciences, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, analytical chemistry and spectroscopy. Our practical education enjoys modern teaching laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. The practicum team consists of three Faculty members, technical support staff (analysts), and is supported from the research groups. It also contributes substantially to VO-HO recruitment and outreach activities (U-Talent 


Additional information

If you have any questions that you’d like us to answer, please contact Stefan RĂ¼diger 

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Do you have a question about the application procedure? Please send an email to 



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

If you have the expertise and the experience to excel in this role, simply respond via the 'Apply now' button! Please enclose (your): 

  •  motivation and CV ( in which you highlight your key publications (max 5), indicate the conceptual importance of the findings and specify your own contribution);
  • a description of your most important highlights in teaching and research, and why you are proud of this.

If this specific opportunity is not suitable for you but you know someone else who may be interested, please forward this vacancy.

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The application deadline is 29 August 2022.

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