Professor - Personal Chair Instructional Design

Challenges in the field of instructional design are significant today. Which instructional design approach works best in which setting and why, given a particular target group and the intended learning outcomes, is a complex question to answer. The chair’s remit will be to make a significant contribution to a better understanding which instructional approaches and combinations of approaches work best.


Job Description 
The Faculty of Health Medicine and Life Sciences (FHML) is looking for a professor who will contribute to the innovation of education within our faculty. This position is embedded within the School of Health Professions Education (SHE) and the Department of Educational Development & Research (O&O). SHE is a graduate school for research in the field of education, training and innovation in the health domain. O&O has a long history of successfully combining educational innovation and research. This is one of the reasons why O&O and SHE are among the prominent groups in the field of healthcare education, both 
locally and globally. As our new professor, it is your role to contribute to this effective combination of education and research. Organizing and managerial tasks are also part of your role. 



  • You make an important contribution to the innovation of education and training within the various bachelor’s and master’s programs of the FHML.
  • You fulfill a leading role in realizing the core activities of FHML’s Instructional Design and E
  • Learning Task Force.
  • You make an active contribution in various teaching roles.
  • You know how to translate educational research into innovative educational practices. 



  • You initiate research activities and acquire external funding to contribute to a recognizable line of research in the field of instructional design.
  • You have expertise in promoting learning aligned with the complexity of professional practice and how teaching should be designed to promote the intended learning outcomes.
  • You contribute to conceptual developments in the field of health professions education research and have experience with various (innovative) research methods.
  • You initiate multidisciplinary research collaborations and work together in an international network of researchers.
  • You supervise candidates working on their doctoral dissertation in teams. 



  • You take on coordinating responsibilities in the field of education, research and you contribute to policy development.
  • You perform management tasks within the Department O&O and SHE.
  • You know how to motivate and inspire others. 


The person we are looking has:

  • Completed relevant training in educational sciences, psychology or other social sciences or in the healthcare domain with additional qualifications in educational or social sciences, and has experience with education and training in healthcare;
  • A doctoral degree;
  • Expertise in the field of instructional design, as demonstrated by a high level of scientific productivity, such as publications in peer-reviewed journals and completed PhD projects;
  • Gained national and international recognition as a creative researcher in the field of learning and instruction;
  • A proven ability to acquire external funding for research purposes 
  • Extensive experience with supervising doctoral students;
  • Contributed to national and/or international scientific bodies and organisations within the field, as demonstrated by relevant editorial board memberships of international journals or invitations to speak at international conferences;
  • Proven leadership and organisational qualities;
  • Extensive experience in education, including the University Teaching Qualification (BKO in Dutch) as well as expertise in the field of student-centred education;
  • A vision of how to innovate education and improve the quality of curricula within the FHML;
  • A relevant regional, national and international network of educational researchers with whom external funding for research and innovation in education has been acquired or is in preparation.
  • Mastery of the Dutch and English language (oral and writing) or is willing to learn these languages.


What we offer
As Professor - Personal Chair Instructional Design at Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, you will be employed by the most international university in the Netherlands, located in the beautiful city of Maastricht. In addition, we offer you:

  • Good employment conditions. The position is graded in scale H2 according to UFO profile Full professor - Personal chair, with corresponding salary based on experience ranging from €6648,00 and €9680,00 gross per month (based on a full-time employment of 38 hours per week). In addition to the monthly salary, an 8.0% holiday allowance and an 8.3% year-end bonus apply.
  • An initial appointment as full professor for five years. Thereafter an evaluation will take place and a decision will be made whether or not to continue the chair. The criteria for evaluation will be specified in a personal workplan. 
  • At Maastricht University, the well-being of our employees is of utmost importance, we offer flexible working hours and the possibility to work partly from home if the nature of your position allows it. You will receive a monthly commuting and internet allowance for this. If you work full-time, you will be entitled to 29 vacation days and 4 additional public holidays per year, namely carnival Monday, carnival Tuesday, Good Friday, and Liberation Day. If you choose to accumulate compensation hours, an additional 12 days will be added. Furthermore, you can personalize your employment conditions through a collective labor agreement (CAO) choice model. 
  • As Maastricht University, we offer various other excellent secondary employment conditions. These include a good pension scheme with the ABP and the opportunity for UM employees to participate in company fitness and make use of the extensive sports facilities that we also offer to our students. 
  • Last but certainly not least, we provide the space and facilities for your personal and professional development. We facilitate this by offering a wide range of training programs and supporting various well-established initiatives such as 'acknowledge and appreciate'. 


The terms of employment at Maastricht University are largely set out in the collective labor agreement of Dutch Universities. In addition, local provisions specific to UM apply. For more information, click here.

Maastricht University
Why work at Maastricht University?
At Maastricht University (UM), everything revolves around the future. The future of our students, as we work to equip them with a solid, broad-based foundation for the rest of their lives. And the future of society, as we seek solutions through our research to issues from all around the world. Our six faculties combined provide a comprehensive package of study programmes and research.

In our teaching, we use the Problem-Based Learning (PBL) method. Students work in small groups, looking for solutions to problems themselves. By discussing issues and working together to draw conclusions, formulate answers and present them to their peers, students develop essential skills for their future careers.

With over 22,300 students and more than 5,000 employees from all over the world, UM is home to a vibrant and inspiring international community.

Are you drawn to an international setting focused on education, science and scholarship? Are you keen to contribute however your skills and qualities allow? Our door is open to you! As a young European university, we value your talent and look forward to creating the future together.

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Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences
At the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences (FHML), everything revolves around healthy living. Our research and education are not solely focused on recovery, but place a strong emphasis on prevention, health preservation, and health promotion. Our aim is to use our knowledge and expertise to genuinely contribute to the well-being of individual people as well as society in total. 

In, research, and healthcare, FHML is closely collaborating with the academic hospital in Maastricht, together forming the Maastricht University Medical Center (MUMC+).  FHML is strongly connected in education, research, and care with the Maastricht academic hospital, together with which it forms the Maastricht University Medical Centre (MUMC+). 

FHML, which is the largest faculty of Maastricht University, is formed by an (inter)national community of employees and students. The faculty offers a wide range of Dutch and English-taught bachelor's and master's programs in innovative educational concepts in which the emphasis is always on building bridges to practice.

The multidisciplinary research of the FHML focuses on a number of carefully chosen topical current themes. In addition to research aimed at gaining new insights, it also concerns research whose results can be directly translated into concrete applications and innovations. The implementation of the various research programs is organized in our six graduate schools and two institutes.


Department of Educational Development and Research 
This department supports innovation and research of bachelor’s, master’s and postgraduate training programs within the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences (FHML), Maastricht University in various domains, such as instructional design, assessment, faculty development, and evaluation or quality improvement.

School of Health Professions Education (SHE) 
The School of Health Professions Education (SHE) is a graduate school for research, education and innovation in health professions education. SHE’s ambitions are captured in our vision: excellent healthcare requires evidence-informed models for the education of future and current healthcare professionals.

Are you interested in this exciting position but still have questions? Feel free to contact Lisa Dubois, Department O&O, for a full profile description of this vacancy (, phone 00-31-43-3885726. For further questions related to the job content contact professor Diana Dolmans via Lisa’s email address. 

Or are you already convinced and ready to become our new Professor - Personal Chair Instructional Design? Apply now, no later than June 10, 2024 for this position.
The vacancy is open for internal and external candidates. In case of equal qualifications, internal candidates will be prioritized. 


Maastricht University is committed to promoting and nurturing a diverse and inclusive community. We believe that diversity in our staff and student population contributes to the quality of research and education at UM, and strive to enable this through inclusive policies and innovative projects led by teams of staff and students. We encourage you to apply for this position.

Job Type:  Academic
Faculty/Service Center:  Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences
Closing date:  10-06-2024
FTE min:  1,0
FTE max:  1,0
Salary min:  €6648,00
Salary max:  €9680,00
ID job:  845
Job Type:  Academic
Faculty/Service Center:  Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences
Closing date:  10-06-2024
FTE min:  1,0
FTE max:  1,0
Salary min:  €6648,00
Salary max:  €9680,00
ID job:  845