Vacancy Project officer Learning in a changing information landscape (1.0 FTE)

Vacancy Project officer Learning in a changing information landscape (1.0 FTE)

16 Nov 2017

The Maastricht University Library is in the midst of a rapidly changing information landscape. We are looking for an enthusiastic colleague who wishes to contribute.

Job description

You are a creative project officer, with a background in Educational Sciences, Educational Psychology, or (Applied) Cognitive Psychology, with knowledge and vision on the acquisition and processing of information. You want to elaborate for 1 to 1,5 years on research in the world of scientific information and will contribute to vision and policy with pragmatic proposals for problem-oriented and student-centered academic skills education at Maastricht University (UM).

Central questions in this field:

  • How do students acquire and process information in the changing information world?
  • What is changed in the information load and the way students perceive this?
  • What are current high profile (technical) developments, for example in artificial intelligence, and what impact have these on the way information is provided and students learn to process this information?
  • How do students deal with new, ever-present online channels and more resources to exploit?
  • Given these developments, which information literacy and other skills are needed in the student centered PBL setting at UM?
  • What does this mean for the skills training and how these training programmes are tailored to learning objectives and  teaching and assessment activities in the faculty curricula?
  • How do you translate these findings into UM and UM Library education and the CORE concept of UM?

Assignment / activities

  • Answering these and other questions in advices and proposals on how to acquire and process knowledge acquisition and processing in the future.Translate this into information skills training and education
  • Periodically informing education managers, training directors, educationalists and policy makers
  • Stimulating and encouraging library and faculty skills teachers, (course) coordinators and students with e.g. newsletters, blogs, vlogs, social and other media, events, workshops and information gatherings
  • Participating in UM Library, UM EDLAB and faculty projects
  • Preparing opinions that lead to structural attention to the role of social media in acquiring knowledge and translate this into academic education skills.

Job requirements

You think in opportunities, cross existing boundaries and are at ease in connecting with various stakeholders: faculty and library teachers, (course) coordinators, educationalists, policy makers, students, managers etc.

You have a passion for educational / learning / developing issues and technological possibilities. You know how to translate research results into pragmatic plans. It is an advantage if you have a relevant network in cognitive psychology, educational science or educational psychology.

You bring along:

  • (Research) master’s degree and/or PhD in Educational Sciences, Educational Psychology, or (Applied) Cognitive Psychology and demonstrable research experience in these fields
  • Broad knowledge of and experience in the use of social media
  • Experience as a student and/or teacher with small-scale student centered education
  • Enthusiasm and ambition to work with many different stakeholders
  • Attention to disciplinary differences
  • Good social skills
  • Good oral and written communication and presentation skills (Dutch and English)
  • Knowledge of quantitative and qualitative methods and techniques of social science research
  • Analytical setting and creativity.

Working conditions

The function is a full-time temporary position for one to one and a half year. Internal candidates have the possibility – in consultation with their own unit – of a secondment.

The function is classified in UFO profile Specialist Scientific Information, depending on knowledge and experience in VSNU scale 10 or 11 (Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). UM provides good and flexible secondary working conditions.

UM Library Manager Education & Research support, also responsible for the strategic theme Skills & Support, will act as supervisor in close cooperation with a senior researcher in the relevant field.

Start of the job: January 2018.

Information and application

  • Are you interested in this job and do you have questions about the content of the job?
    Please contact Frederike Vernimmen, UM Library Manager Education & Research support
    T +31 43 3885137 / +31 6 46705566 or E
  • Do you have questions about the procedure?
    Please contact Angelique Backhuis
    T +31 43 3883184 or E
  • Do you want to apply?
    Send your motivation letter and CV with reference number AT2017.197 before 27 November 2017 to E

Interviews will be held as of 1 December 2017. An assessment and retrieving credentials can be part of the application process.

Maastricht University and the University Library

Maastricht University (UM) is the most international university in the Netherlands and is, with over 16,000 students and 4,000 employees, still growing. The university is distinguished by its innovative education model, international character and multidisciplinary approach to research and education. The UM has been working with Problem Based Learning (PBL) since its foundation and is the European founder of this education model.

In August 2016, the UM Strategic Programme 2017-2021 Community at the CORE was established. On this basis, the University Library has determined a strategic roadmap for the coming years. As a solid partner for the broad UM community in facilitating knowledge development and dissemination, UM Library works on the topics content & access, skills & support, digital scholarship & intelligence and engagement & community.

UM Library is responsible for acquiring and accessing (largely digital) scientific information sources (journals, e-books, databases, DVDs, streaming videos), UM’s digital and physical learning environment, information skills training and e-learning advice, research data management (RDM) and other research support. In addition, the library is owner of the university wide systems Worldshare (library system), Islandora (repository), Pure (research information system), Blackboard (learning management system) and Media site (video services).

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