Vacature: Assistant or Associate Professor in Engineering
University College Roosevelt - Middelburg
0.6-1.0 fte (22.8 - 38 hours per week)
UCR is one of the English taught International Honors Colleges of Utrecht University. The staff and students form a vibrant academic community centered on a Liberal Arts and Sciences bachelor’s education. Students hail from all over the globe and follow a broad and intensive study program in the historic town of Middelburg, where they live on the centrally-located city campus. Classes have an average of 22 students and include continuous assessment as well as a high level of interaction with instructors. Instructors have great freedom in designing their courses, and work within an environment that firmly has teaching as its priority, whilst also supporting undergraduate and faculty research. After graduation, UCR graduates continue their study careers in master programs all over the world. What sets UCR alumni apart is their self-confidence, their civic engagement, and their entrepreneurial sense of opportunity. Our alumni are scholars, writers, scientists, software engineers, entrepreneurs, medical doctors, conservationists and environmentalists; they are lawyers, musicians, bankers, activists, teachers, artists, politicians, diplomats, strategic advisors—and so much more. UCR is a vibrant breeding ground for those who want to make a difference in the world.
Broadening the Liberal Arts and Sciences
The leading idea behind the liberal arts and sciences is that students’ undergraduate education should cover both broad and deep learning in a wealth of academic disciplines and skills. UCR has always been one of the broad liberal arts colleges in the Netherlands, with strong departments in Arts & Humanities, Social Science, and Science. Given the ever greater influence of technology in our daily lives and in knowledge production, UCR will as of 2020 launch a department of Engineering. UCR is located at the heart of the Scheldt Delta, so issues like sea-level rise, climate change, reductions in biodiversity, the generation of sustainable energy, desalination, pollution and waste management are key. Engineering courses will focus on high-tech solutions, sustainable materials and connect insights from engineering with the sciences, social sciences, and arts & humanities.
UCR starts a pioneering phase for Engineering in September 2019. Therefore, UCR is recruiting faculty for the development and execution of the Engineering major within the Liberal Arts and Sciences context. We are building a team that will innovate our tried and tested approach to the Liberal Arts and Sciences by adding a focus on technology to it.
The Engineering major combines discipline-oriented courses with a hands-on projects approach. We are looking for colleagues who believe that teaching and learning is at the heart of the university, who have research experience in relevant fields, and affinity with project-based learning.
The new staff members will develop and teach courses related to mechanical, electrical, mechatronic, chemical-process engineering and/or computer and data science and will supervise student projects. First two positions will be in energy engineering and in mechatronics. At a later stage UCR will hire on the broader range of disciplines.
Research at UCR is strongly focused on strengthening and innovating teaching and learning. Engagement in more fundamental research is done in association with research institutes at Utrecht University and other universities. UCR teaching staff will always devote a minimum of 50% of their contract hours to teaching and learning.
The ideal candidate has:
- A PhD in Engineering (related to topics in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechatronics, Computer and Data Science, or (Bio)material processing)
- Teaching experience (preferably at University Bachelor level)
- Excellent English language skills (written & spoken): a minimum of CEF-level C1
- Affinity with (and preferably teaching experience in) Project Based Learning at the relevant university level
- Affinity with the Liberal Arts and Sciences and its approach to teaching
- A vision on how to develop an Engineering curriculum within a Liberal Arts and Sciences context
Conditions of employment
UCR offers a contract on the level of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor based on the institution’s needs and the candidate’s profile and experience. Contract duration, trial period (if applicable), and possibility of secondment from other universities are subject to negotiation. The employment will be for 0.6–1.0 fte (22.8 – 38 hours per week).
Salary will be based on VSNU salary scales in the range from scale 11 to 12 for Assistant Professor (UD), and in the range from scale 13 to 14 for Associate Professor (UHD). Commuting costs within the Netherlands will be partly reimbursed. Furthermore, UCR offers secondary benefits such as:
- End of Year Bonus (8.3%)
- Holiday allowance (8%)
- Pension arrangement at ABP
- Multiple choices model
- Holiday leave hours of 232 per year based on fulltime employment
Applications should be in Middelburg before March 8, 2019 and include a resume and the names of at least two references:
University College Roosevelt
Attn. Mrs. H. Abdenbi, HR Advisor
P.O. Box 94, NL-4330 AB Middelburg - The Netherlands