PhD Position in Connecting Learning at School and the Workplace
University of Twente Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences

Job description

There is an urgent need for engineers to help achieving the energy transition goals. An important bottleneck in vocational education of (future) engineers is the lack of integration between learning at school (theory) and the learning at the workplace (practice). Technology can help to bridge this gap. We will investigate the integration of action camera technology (e.g., GoPro) and teaching methods to connect teachers, supervisors, and students, to facilitate knowledge sharing and feedback, and help the students become skilled, reflective, self-regulated, lifelong learners and workers.

This four-year project aims at developing and implementing evidence-based training instructions, materials, and methods, that can be directly applied in the learning communities. Besides the UT, many other parties are involved, including Koning Willem I College, Utrecht University of Applied Sciences (HU), OTIB, BAM Infra Energie & Water, Alliander, Baas, Stichting BLEI, Bouwend Nederland, GOA Leidingtechniek, O&O fonds Netwerkbedrijven, Heijmans, Visser & Smit Hanab, Volker Wessels, TU Delft, Consortium Beroepsonderwijs, and Stichting Samenwerking Beroepsonderwijs Bedrijfsleven (S-BB)

As a PhD candidate, you will work at the department of Educational Science (OWK) at the University of Twente (UT). Your job includes:

  • Implementing the training and materials in real school and workplace contexts.
  • Designing, developing, and testing the research instruments, including the measurement instruments for formative and summative assessment, assessment of the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge, and the acceptance and use of technology.
  • Coordinating and carrying out data collection in schools and at the workplace and handling communication with participants.
  • Working in close collaboration with teachers, students, practitioners in industry, researchers, the advisory board, and other members of the consortium.
  • Presenting findings for scientific and non-scientific audiences.
  • Reporting findings in peer-reviewed scientific journals and research reports.

Your profile

  • You hold a MSc degree in Instructional Science, Psychology (Educational; Cognitive; Human Factors), or a related field. In addition, you:
  • have expertise or demonstrable interest in instructional design, learning with technology, and learning, instruction, and assessment in vocational training contexts;
  • have experience with field research and/or intervention studies;
  • have strong methodological and statistical knowledge;
  • have excellent social and interpersonal skills in academic as well as non-academic contexts;
  • are fluent in Dutch (C2-level) and English (minimum C1-level) and have excellent writing skills;
  • are willing and have confirmed ability to work independently, but also to collaborate with the other project members.


For additional information about this position or to receive a project description you can contact dr. Bas Kollöffel (project leader, e-mail:; telephone: +31534891066).

Your application should include the following documents:

  • a cover letter (in Dutch) which explains your interest in the position and your qualifications for it;
  • a curriculum vitae which also includes the name and e-mail address/telephone number for (preferably) two or more references;
  • a copy of your MSc-thesis and (if applicable) one of your scientific papers.

Applications should be uploaded using the “apply now” button below. Since only three documents can be uploaded per application, please combine documents if needed.

We would like to receive your application not later than July 12th, 2020. However, when a sufficient number of applications has been received, this vacancy will be taken offline and from then on it is not possible to apply anymore.

Our offer

We offer a 4-year full-time PhD position at the University of Twente (starting date: a.s.a.p.), with a qualifier after the first year. In accordance with the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement for Universities, the monthly salary starts at € 2.395,- gross per month in the first year, leading up to € 3.061- gross per month in the last year. Employees are also entitled to a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.

We offer excellent auxiliary terms of employment, such as professional and personal development programs; a secondary remuneration package; a dynamic environment with enthusiastic colleagues; an organisation focusing on internationalisation and a high degree of responsibility and independence.

The organization

The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which leads change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university of the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. We have a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out groundbreaking research.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. Because of our diversity values we do particularly support women to apply.

Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences

The Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences (BMS) strives to play a pivotal role in understanding, co-engineering and evaluating innovation in society. Innovation is driven by advances in technology. Through 'social engineering' these technological advances are embedded in society befitting human needs and behaviour, within proper public and private management and business structures. For this the faculty of BMS upholds high quality disciplinary knowledge in psychology, business administration, public administration, communication science, philosophy, educational science and health sciences. All with a focus on the challenges in society. Research is strongly connected to our institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centra and Digital Society Institute.

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