Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Doctorate
Are you interested in Global Health and Transdisciplinary Research? Can you, with our knowledge and experience, contribute to our research and education? Then we at the Athena Institute, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam would like to get to know you. Apply for the position of:


FTE: 0.8 - 1

Job description

We offer the position of postdoc researcher and lecturer in Global Health. The position involves contributing to research for 50% of the time and teaching in various courses offered by the Athena Institute for the other 50%.

The Athena Institute’s research programme aims to contribute to the improvement of health and well-being in a sustainable and equitable way by studying complex global health challenges and designing inclusive, multi-stakeholder, innovation processes. You will also contribute to teaching in diverse bachelor and master courses and programs coordinated by the Athena Institute on a variety of subjects such as international public health, research methods (e.g. participatory research, action research, mixed methods), epidemiology, disability, inclusion, human rights, gender and health policy.

Your duties
Research tasks include, but are not limited to, contributing to research acquisition in the area of transdisciplinary research in global health, further conceptualizing this area of research, operationalising the research for and in collaboration with specific organisations. You, also, are expected to fulfil a role in a project on leprosy (reactions) and the piloting of three innovation participatory processes in Indonesia. Also there might be possibilities within the ‘What Matters Most’ project on stigma related to leprosy, lymphatic filariasis and depressive disorder in India, Indonesia and Nigeria.

Teaching tasks are embedded in the wide variety of courses offered by the Athena Institute and include course coordination, lecturing and workgroup coaching as well as supervising Bachelor and Master students during their internships and literature reviews on diverse topics pertaining to the wider educational programme of the Athena Institute.


• have a PhD degree, preferably in the field of global health, public health, medical anthropology, development studies or other discipline(s). Ideally your PhD shows an integrated social sciences and natural sciences background
• have research experience in the cross-cutting and multi-level approaches of global health;
• preferably have experience or otherwise affinity with participatory research methodologies, reflexive monitoring in action, mixed methods
• are a team player
• have potential for, or experience with, obtaining research grants
• hold a network of relevant (inter)national contacts
• have excellent teaching and coordination skills and you are an engaged and inspiring lecturer, as proven by student-evaluations
• are well capable of supervising a theoretical thesis, research projects and student internships
• have published in refereed international journals or books
• write and speak English (and preferably Dutch) fluently

What are we offering?

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. 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 0.8 FTE.

The initial employment contract will affect a period of 1 year, with the possibility of extension.
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
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package

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 endeavor – 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.

Athena Institute, Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences
The position is offered within the Athena Institute, Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences. The institute’s mission is to study and design interfaces between science and society to contribute both to a deeper understanding of innovation processes as well as a responsible implementation of research and innovation in society. Athena’s research program amongst other focuses on analysing complex global health challenges, designing interventions and conducting participatory monitoring and evaluation research. The section presently has a position vacant for a Postdoc/Lecturer.
For more information about the Athena Institute visit our website.


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until April 22, 2021. 

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Dr. R.M.H. Peters
Position: Assistant Professor, Global Health

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