More career perspectives and job security for junior lecturers and postdocs

More career perspectives and job security for junior lecturers and postdocs

The universities will be extending the temporary contracts of junior lecturers (Lecturer 3 and Lecturer 4) and postdocs (Researcher 3 and Researcher 4) on a structural basis. You will also be given greater opportunity to develop yourself professionally in these positions. This should increase your labour market perspectives.


Junior lecturers

You will be offered an employment contract for a period of four to six years with ample opportunity for development, and – if applicable – the opportunity to gain the University Teaching Qualification (Basiskwalificatie Onderwijs, BKO). If you are considering teaching, you will be able to easily transfer to a job in other educational sectors. Are you considering an academic career? In that case you can spend six years in an appointment combining working as junior lecturer and as researcher or PhD candidate. You will also have the opportunity to gain your teaching qualification more quickly via an expedited customised work training programme or a shorter teacher training programme. Appendix M provides further details about your career perspectives and the value of the University Teaching Qualification (BKO).


In order to increase your chances on the job market, the university offers the opportunity (time and training) to learn how to write grant applications. If you are considering a career as assistant professor, associate professor or professor, you will be given the opportunity to obtain the required teaching qualifications. Following a temporary contract of no more than four years or a longer single contract, you can make agreements with your university which benefit your job security and career perspectives in the longer term. The university can subsequently offer you a permanent contract linked to a research project. Further details can be found in Appendix E.16 and Appendix M of the collective labour agreement CAO-NU.

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