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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam · Standplaats: Amsterdam · 12 september 2020


Do you have experience and affinity with offering Learning Support to undergraduate students? Are you aware of how Online Learning impacts motivation and performance? Do you want to help students navigate the pitfalls of Online Learning during this period of social distancing? If so, then, please read more about this position and apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
FTE: 0.2 - 0,4

Job description

As an (Online) Learning Support Specialist, you will be offering extra support new students enrolled in programmes in the Department of Computer Sciences. Given that students are starting their programmes fully online this academic year, they are likely to face certain challenges unique to the current situation, and you will be there to offer them more support during the coming time. You will work closely with the Study Advisors and refer students to the VU counsellors, when necessary.
The (Online) Learning Support Specialist is expected to be available at the VU Campus for 30-minute one-to-one sessions or meetings with small groups of students at least 2 days a week for a few hours. These meetings will take place either face-to-face or online, based on the students' preferences. The goal of these meetings is:
  • to discuss the impact of online learning and the current situation on students' academic performance, motivation, planning and time-management of courses
  • to reduce isolation by helping students to stay virtually connected;
  • to help students manage stress, anxiety and other emotions related to COVID-19
  • to encourage healthy study routines and a balanced lifestyle

Moreover, you will be asked to organize a short bi-weekly online workshop/discussion on relevant topics to engage students.


We are urgently looking for candidates available to start immediately, and in any case not later than October 15, 2020.
In addition, candidates need to comply with the following requirements:
  • Master's degree (Psychology, Education or related area)
  • good communicative skills
  • experience working with students
  • excellent knowledge of online learning
  • proactive, service-oriented attitude and ability to deal with sensitive matters
  • at least 5 years of work experience in a comparable position
  • excellent English written and oral communication skills
  • basic Dutch oral and written communication skills

What are we offering?

A temporary position for 6 months (0,2 FTE), with no possibility of extension. Notice that the latest possible start date is 1 October 2020. 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: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.2 FTE.
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 and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • solid pension scheme (ABP)
  • contribution to commuting expenses

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 endeavour - 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.

About the department, institute, project
The VU Department of Computer Science has approximately 170 staff members, including 35 tenured staff and 40-50 PhD students. Lecturers form a critical and essential basis for the functioning of the department, providing foundational education that helps determine the future of our students.
Our research and our students are diverse, covering disciplines such as Social sciences, Humanities, Economics, and Bioinformatics. Currently, we offer programs in Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence and Information Sciences (BSc and MSc), and Bioinformatics and Systems Biology (MSc), with a total of around 1000 new students each year..


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until September 24, 2020.
Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.
Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Meld Misbruik

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Standplaats: Amsterdam

12 september 2020

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