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Programme Coordinator Interaction Technology

Job description

The Office for Educational Support (OES) provides the educational support for five bachelor’s and eight master’s programmes in the faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS). The support includes, but is not restricted to, programme coordination, study advice, internationalization, exchange and quality assurance.

The current vacancy concerns the programme coordination of the master’s programme Interaction Technology.

The job:
Together with the director of education, the programme coordinator of a master’s programme forms the management team of a programme. He/she is responsible for managing the operational aspects of the programme, including the implementation of the set-up of the programme, the regulations and procedures for students and lecturers, quality assurance, information provision for current and prospective students and lecturers, and student admission and intake. Also he/she is responsible for managing bridging programmes for prospective students, who lack some necessary prior knowledge.

The programme coordinator  communicates regularly with the programme mentors of the specialisations about the composition of the personal course programmes of the students. Also he/she is responsible for managing bridging programmes for prospective students, who lack some necessary prior knowledge.

The study advisor is responsible for tutoring the students. However, the programme coordinator will act as an information provider about the content, procedures and regulations of the programme, sometimes also directly to students.

Together with the programme director, the programme coordinator will discuss issues and developments with the Programme Committee and the Examination Board.

The work load of this job is estimated at 0.6 fte. However it may be combined with teaching activities or other tasks in the programme.

The context:
Interaction Technology combines the fields of computer science, electrical engineering and several social sciences to study how people interact with digital technologies such as virtual reality, speech and language interfaces, the internet of things, and social robots. But also, how digital technologies should be designed and built so that people can have a pleasant and/or effective interaction with the technology. We educate students that can both research, develop and evaluate these systems. The study also reflects an important drive that guides the teachers in their own research: to design with impact.

Interaction Technology is therefore a domain demanding technological expertise coupled with a solid understanding of human behaviour. Besides that, professionals in this domain need competencies to do research, to design and to understand how to create impact and finally, they should know how to tell their story to users, to customers or grant agencies. Our master programme I-Tech was designed to deliver this kind of professional in line with the High-Tech Human-Touch philosophy of the University of Twente.

For I-Tech this translates into educating students to be optimally prepared for a career in an interdisciplinary environment, whether in research or industry. The I-Tech programme aims to combine a scientific mindset with specialist technical knowledge, enabling graduates to analyse, design, validate and implement intelligent interactive systems in their operational context. It uses recent developments in hardware and computational technologies, e.g. wearable interfaces, autonomous cars, interactive playgrounds, etc. The programme focuses on the new engineer: bridging disciplines, understanding users, understanding tech, sharing ideas. To enable this and in line with the requirement of the domain Interaction Technology, the structure of I-Tech was chosen to be based upon six pillars: Technology (1), Understanding humans and context (2), Storytelling (3), Design (4) Research (5) and Impact, innovation and entrepreneurship (6).

The programme is growing and now has an intake of more than 100 students in a year. Our students appreciate the warm, personal and informal atmosphere and the easily approachable lecturers. The study association Proto plays an important role in the contacts between students and programme management.

Your profile

In view of the combination of tasks as outlined above, the successful applicant:

  • is passionate about working with young people in an educational environment;
  • has a master’s degree;
  • has affinity with the disciplines covered by the programme;
  • has some experience with the organisation of education at a Dutch university or related institute;
  • is proficient in English, both in speaking and in writing;
  • has some proficiency in Dutch;
  • has excellent communication skills;
  • has the skills to organize the data flow between stakeholders and parties involved in a study programme, to manage data if necessary, and to prepare for decision making;
  • is a solution focused team worker.

Our offer

We offer an excellent and stimulating scientific environment with an attractive campus and lots of facilities for sports and leisure. The university provides a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in which internationalization is an important part of the strategic agenda.

  • We offer a 0.6 fte position as coordinator with the possibility to be active in teaching activities, starting with a temporary appointment with the prospect of a permanent position after a positive evaluation;
  • The terms of employment are in accordance with the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement for Universities (CAO), and include:
  • a maximum salary of € 4402,-- gross per month, based on relevant work experience;
  • a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%;
  • a minimum of 29 leave days in case of fulltime employment based on a formal workweek of 38 hours. A fulltime employment in practice means 40 hours a week, therefore resulting in 96 extra leave hours on an annual basis;
  • professional and personal development programs;
  • a solid pension scheme.

Information and application

Please send your application before August 16, via the 'Apply now' button, and include:

  • A motivation letter, emphasizing your specific interest and motivation to apply for this position.
  • A detailed CV.

You are welcome to contact the programme director, dr. A. Schaafstal, a.m.schaafstal@utwente.nl, tel. 053-4894131 or the head of OES, Jolanda van Laar, h.j.vanlaar@utwente.nl, +31534894466. for any questions you might have.

About the organization

The faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) uses mathematics, electronics and computer technology to contribute to the development of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). With ICT present in almost every device and product we use nowadays, we embrace our role as contributors to a broad range of societal activities and as pioneers of tomorrow's digital society. As part of a people-first tech university that aims to shape society, individuals and connections, our faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad, and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. Our research has a high profile both in the Netherlands and internationally. It has been accommodated in three multidisciplinary UT research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centre and Digital Society Institute.

University of Twente (UT)

University of Twente (UT) has entered the new decade with an ambitious, new vision, mission and strategy. As ‘the ultimate people-first university of technology' we are rapidly expanding on our High Tech Human Touch philosophy and the unique role it affords us in society. Everything we do is aimed at maximum impact on people, society and connections through the sustainable utilisation of science and technology. We want to contribute to the development of a fair, digital and sustainable society through our open, inclusive and entrepreneurial attitude. This attitude permeates everything we do and is present in every one of UT's departments and faculties. Building on our rich legacy in merging technical and social sciences, we focus on five distinguishing research domains: Improving healthcare by personalised technologies; Creating intelligent manufacturing systems; Shaping our world with smart materials; Engineering our digital society; and Engineering for a resilient world.

As an employer, University of Twente offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With us, you will be part of a leading tech university that is changing our world for the better. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial climate, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example, with our flexible, customisable conditions.

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