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"Drachsler, Hendrik" <[log in to unmask]>
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Drachsler, Hendrik
Wed, 31 Aug 2016 12:08:00 +0200
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Dear colleagues,

we are looking for enforcement for our Learning Analytics group at the Open University of the Netherlands.
Please forward the position to your networks and pinpoint outstanding candidates to this opportunity.
The Welten Institute of the faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences is looking for a
Post-doc researcher Learning Analytics
(1,0 fte) Temporary position for 4 years.
Vacancy number FAC/PenOW/16027
Application Deadline: 11.09.2016
Job description

The Open University is offering one post-doc position in Learning Analytics. Within our international research projects we conduct research on learning analytics in Higher Education settings. Learning analytics is the measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of data about learners and their contexts, for purposes of understanding and optimizing learning and the environments in which it occurs. A related field is educational data mining. We are looking for a post-doc  to support our technical PhDs in working with various datasets ranging from learning management systems to physiological data collected over wearable devices. The selected candidate should have rich experiences in developing analytics systems and applying information retrieval or data mining techniques such as Spark, R, Python for process mining and predictive analytics.


 *   A PhD degree in a relevant academic subject area such as computer or data science
 *   Solid background and skills in software design and machine learning (e.g. Python)
 *   Specific expertise that is relevant for the job title would add to the candidate’s fitness, e.g. user experience engineering, web services, data processing, educational technologies
 *   Affinity with education, teaching and learning is an asset
 *   Creativity, self-management skills and cooperation skills
 *   Excellent academic writing and presentation skills
 *   An excellent command of spoken and written English
Conditions of employment

The maximum salary for a permanent and full-time position is € 4.691,= gross per month (salary scale 11) in accordance with VSNU standards and depending upon your qualifications and experience.

The Open Universiteit provides good secondary benefits such as training, mobility, part-time employment and paid parental leave.

Contract type: Temporary, 4 years


Studying online anywhere in the Netherlands and Belgium (Flanders)
The Open Universiteit (OU) is the university in the Netherlands where students study part-time and follow online and activating education in bachelor and master degree programmes in seven fields of study. Characteristics of the education are openness, flexibility and quality. Enhancing the study success of students is an important point of focus. More than 15.000 students are studying at the OU and the OU has 531 employees. The OU has a network of fifteen regional study centres in the Netherlands and six in Belgium (Flanders). The head office is situated in Heerlen.
The most modern technologies and educational insights are applied in bachelor and master programmes and courses and also in projects and programmes with partners. Nationally and internationally the OU plays a key role in the innovation of higher education. Education and research are closely interrelated which guarantees that the current state of science is applied. The OU not only invests in research in the various academic disciplines, but also in research in learning sciences and learning technologies.

Satisfied students
For several consecutive years, the OU has achieved the top 2 position in the National Students Survey among the fourteen Dutch universities. Students at the OU are very satisfied about their study with respect to content, study load, scientific skills, preparation professional career, teachers, tests and assessments, information and quality. In the Dutch university guide ‘Keuzegids Universiteiten 2016’,in which bachelor studies of the fourteen universities are compared, students and experts rank the OU as the second best university. In the Dutch university guide ‘Keuzegids Masters 2016’ the OU is ranked as the second best university for masters too.


Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences<>

The faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences is strong in education and research. The faculty offers scientific bachelor and master studies Psychology and a master Educational Sciences. Four different master studies Psychology are offered: Work and organizational psychology, Health psychology, Clinical psychology and Lifespan psychology. The research programme of the scientific field of psychology is positioned within one of the four afore-mentioned fields of study of psychology. The Welten-instituut is the research centre for learning, teaching and technology. It is a department of the faculty which plays an important role in research into the innovation of education and professionalization of teachers, both nationally and internationally.
In the National Students Survey 2015 the bachelor and master studies Psychology were rated as the best studies in their rankings and the master Educational Sciences received a high satisfaction score. And in the Dutch university guide ‘Keuzegids Universiteiten 2016’ in which bachelor studies of the fourteen Dutch universities are compared, students and experts rated the bachelor study Psychology of the OU as the best in this field of study of the universities. And additionally in the Dutch university guide ‘Keuzegids Masters 2016’ the master Psychology ranks the first place in its ranking.

Additional information

For more information about this vacancy you can contact [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> or [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>.

For additional information about the Open Universiteit and the Welten Institute, you can visit our websites<> en<>.

With kind regards,
Hendrik Drachsler

Dr. Hendrik Drachsler

Professor of Technology-Enhanced Learning
University of Applied Sciences Zuyd (
Nieuw Eyckholt 300, 6419 DJ Heerlen

Associate Professor of Open Learning Analytics
Welten Institute, Research Centre for Learning, Teaching and Technology
Open University of the Netherlands (<>)
Valkenburgerweg 177, 6401 AT Heerlen

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