Core Lecturer Computational Social Science

Faculteit/Dienst:  Faculteit der Maatschappij- & Gedragswetenschappen
Opleidingsniveau:  Gepromoveerd
Functie type:  Wetenschappelijk Personeel
Sluitingsdatum:  Continuous
Vacaturenummer:  10521

Would you like to help students become future change-makers and pioneers in computational social science? Are you passionate about (project-based) teaching and eager to apply transdisciplinary education to its fullest potential?


Digitalisation poses new questions and challenges for our societies, but it also brings new opportunities to intervene in societal issues such as inequality and climate change. Our unique undergraduate programme in Computational Social Science focuses on digital interventions for complex societal problems and welcomed its first cohort of students in September 2022. As we are a new and growing programme, we are continuously looking for lecturers to join our team and make an active contribution to teaching and course development. All Core Lecturers also fulfil the role of mentor for our students during the course of their projects and degree programme.


The undergraduate programme Computational Social Science is a joint initiative of three faculties of the University of Amsterdam. Scientifically grounded in social sciences, informatics and humanities expertise, Computational Social Science students develop skills to design, create, apply and appropriate digital technology and data science to benefit society. All teaching activities are centred around projects within intensive, semester-length courses of 30 ECTS and require active involvement from each student.


What are you going to do


As a Core Lecturer, you will take the lead in developing innovative teaching materials and activities within our transdisciplinary, project-based curriculum. You will do so in close consultation with the team of core lecturers, with the examiners of the semester courses, experts across the three faculties, and in alignment with learning trajectory objectives that have already been set. You will supervise one or more groups of students at an individual and group level in a small-scale setting. You will coach and guide them throughout their projects for external partners, including their (capstone) graduation projects, and monitor their academic progress. You will also teach and supervise workshops.


What do you have to offer



  • hold a PhD degree or are a PhD candidate (your manuscript has been submitted for approval) in a relevant discipline or related interdisciplinary field;
  • have affinity with, and interest in, interdisciplinary teaching and/or research;
  • have excellent English language skills (proficiency in Dutch or willingness to learn Dutch is a plus);
  • have experience in teaching and activating student learning in a university setting;
  • have ample experience in course design and course development, preferably within a project-based curriculum;
  • are familiar with the particular challenges that students may encounter while learning computer programming and computational data analysis (or are willing to learn more about this);
  • are highly skilled in research methods;
  • have a willingness to become an academic mentor to students;
  • have a willingness to contribute to Computational Social Science as a community.

Some experience in coaching students at an individual or group level and familiarity with the HILL model (High Impact Learning that Lasts) are a plus.

Qualified candidates with a background in community organising, entrepreneurship, or similar are encouraged to apply.

Please note: To complement the current team of Core Lecturers, we are particularly interested in candidates with a background in (humane) AI, digital humanities, (data) ethics, and/or machine learning.


Our offer


We offer a temporary contract of 24-38 hours per week, at the Department of Sociology. The start date will be as soon as possible. Employment will initially be for a period of one year and up to 38 hours per week. Upon positive evaluation and satisfactory performance, you may be offered a permanent contract.

The gross monthly salary based on a full-time employment (38 hours per week) ranges from €3,974 up to a maximum of €5,439 gross per month, in keeping with salary scale 11. The starting salary will be based on qualifications, expertise and relevant experience. The profile “Teacher 3” is applicable in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities.


We additionally offer an extensive package of secondary benefits, including 8% holiday allowance and a year-end bonus of 8.3%.

The UvA offers excellent possibilities for further professional development and education.


What else do we offer

  • a position that highly values a can-do attitude and fully encourages you to take initiative;
  • a dedicated programme team that is enthusiastic about innovative teaching in which student learning and social engagement take centre stage;
  • an inspiring academic and international work environment in the city centre of Amsterdam.


About us


The University of Amsterdam is the largest university in the Netherlands, with the broadest spectrum of degree programmes. It is an intellectual hub with 39,000 students, 6,000 employees and 3,000 doctoral students who are all committed to a culture of inquiring minds.


A challenging work environment with a variety of duties and ample scope for individual initiative and development within an inspiring organization. The social and behavioral sciences play a leading role in addressing the major societal challenges faced by the world, the Netherlands and Amsterdam, now and in the future.


Want to know more about our organisation? Read more about working at the University of Amsterdam.




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Job Application


Do you recognise yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application. A closing date to this job listing is not applicable; applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.


Applications should include the following documents bundled in a single .pdf:

  • your curriculum vitae;
  • a letter of motivation (1 page max)
  • a teaching statement in which you also address how you approach diversity in an international classroom (300 words max);
  • your PhD certificate; if you haven’t completed your PhD yet, we require an official statement confirming that you have submitted your manuscript before the employment contract is offered.


Candidates may expect a response to their application within 3 weeks.



The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritize diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

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