Assistant / Associate Professor of Computer Science

Radboud University Faculty of Science


Assistant/Associate Professor of Computer Science Education (Tenure Track)

  • 32 - 40 hours per week
  • Maximum gross monthly salary: € 5,127
  • Faculty of Science
  • Required background: PhD
  • Duration of the contract: 6 years
  • Application deadline: 14 September 2020

We are looking for


As an Assistant/Associate Professor (Tenure Track) you will further strengthen our group's research and education profile in computer science education. You will engage in original research and disseminate your results through publication in scholarly journals and participation in international conferences and workshops. You will contribute to securing research funding and engage in the management of our research projects and the supervision of PhD candidates. You will be active in initiating and maintaining external research collaborations.


You will contribute to the development of computer science education, teaching inspiring courses at the Bachelor's and Master's levels. Moreover, you will supervise research projects for  science students and the capstone projects in the teacher education programme, especially in the computer science track. You will take part in the institute's efforts in attracting potential students for the teacher education programme.


You will contribute to the societal utilisation of our scientific activities, for example by engaging in curriculum development or the professional development of teachers.

We ask

  • An enthusiastic scientist with a PhD degree in a relevant area (computer science education, computer science, or a cognate discipline), high-quality academic publications in the area of computing education, and the ability to maintain your own area of research.
  • An inspiring lecturer with a clear vision on teaching, good teaching skills and teaching experience, preferably holding a University Teaching Qualification (in Dutch: BKO) or equivalent, or willing to obtain such a qualification.
  • A reliable colleague who is eager to collaborate with other science education researchers, with excellent communication skills towards colleagues, students, and non-experts.
  • You should be able to communicate in both English and Dutch, or be willing to acquire this ability within 2-3 years.

We are

Radboud University is a broad, internationally oriented research university. Radboud University values quality, combining excellent education with leading-edge research. Its academic expertise is closely related to important societal issues, both in the public and in the private domain. 

The Faculty of Science is a complete, student-oriented science faculty where research and education are closely related. The faculty aims to be an academic community with an international character, where staff members from different backgrounds can combine their talents with the common goal of being a leading faculty of science in Europe.

The Institute for Science Education focuses on science education in a broad sense. Recent research areas are scientific literacy, design-based learning, and teachers' practical knowledge (in particular pedagogical content knowledge (PCK)). Computing education is a prominent theme in the group's scientific activities. Current research topics include teaching foundational concepts such as algorithms, assessment in computer science, computational thinking and its integration into the curriculum, programming education, and computer science teachers' PCK. Many of our current research projects are practice-oriented and are carried out together with stakeholders in particular schools. Our teaching activities include an elective science education programme for students in the science faculty, supervision of students' research projects, and courses in Master's programmes in science teacher education. Our group contributes to national curriculum development for primary and secondary education in the areas of computer science and digital literacy.

Radboud University

We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 22,000 students and 5,000 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!

We offer

  • Employment: 32 - 40 hours per week.
  • The exact salary depends on your qualifications and amount of relevant professional experience. Depending on your experience and qualifications, a position as an Associate Professor is possible.
  • An Assistant Professor will be employed as an Assistant Professor level 2 (salary scale 11, maximum gross monthly salary of €5,127) at the start of the tenure track for a six-year period. If evaluated positively, you will be appointed as an Assistant Professor level 1 (salary scale 12, maximum gross monthly salary of €5,826) on the basis of a permanent contract.
  • An Associate Professor will be employed as an Associate Professor level 2 (salary scale 13, maximum gross monthly salary of €6,317) or Associate Professor level 1 (salary scale 14, maximum gross monthly salary of €6,940), depending on your scientific track record and experience. The duration of the contract will be determined by mutual agreement. 
  • In addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • Further information on tenure tracks at the Faculty of Science can be found here.
  • The intended start date is 1 January 2021.
  • You will be able to make use of our Dual Career Service: our Dual Career Officer will assist with family-related support, such as child care, and help your partner prepare for the local labour market and with finding an occupation.
  • Are you interested in our excellent employment conditions?

Would you like more information?

For more information about this vacancy, please contact:
prof. dr. Erik Barendsen, Director of the Institute for Science Education

Apply directly

Please address your application to prof. dr. Erik Barendsen and submit it, using the application button, no later than 14 September 2020, 23:59 Amsterdam Time Zone.   

Your application should include the following attachments:

  • Letter of motivation.
  • CV including a list of publications and the names and contact details of two referees.

We drafted this vacancy to find and hire our new colleague ourselves. Recruitment agencies are kindly requested to refrain from responding.

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