Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam finds it important to invest in talent. We believe that achieving excellence in education and research depends on the enthusiasm and curiosity of academics.

At VU Amsterdam we aim to offer a diverse and inclusive working environment because we believe that such an environment fosters talent and creates an innovative atmosphere. We provide support for academics at all stages of their careers. For example via the Talent Development Programme sponsored by Prof. Mr. Willem Bouwens (Dean of Faculty of Law) and various research support progammes that provide assistance to researchers taking part in the NWO grant programme Innovational Research Incentives Scheme (Veni, Vidi, Vici) and in ERC grants (Starting, Consolidator, Advanced and Synergy).

To ensure that this happens, we are always working on new initiatives and ideas. Here is an overview:


VU Amsterdam is the perfect place for talented individuals to enhance their professional development in the areas of teaching and research. High-quality teaching and cutting-edge research have given the university a great deal of recognition, enabling VU Amsterdam to attract prominent scientists from both the Netherlands and abroad.

VU Amsterdam also puts emphasis on teaching and considers teaching as an integral part of your academic career. In addition to our focus on education, a dedicated grant desk assists you with grant applications.

The customized support it provides will help you secure grants and/or indirect funding. In addition, our training programmes offer you the opportunity for personal development:

  • Leadership (from trainings for new managers to trainings in managing in education)
  • Teaching (from the basic teaching qualification to blended learning or designing reliable tests and exams)
  • Research (from acquiring grants, to technology transfer and media training)

VU Amsterdam is well aware that transparency is vital to your academic work. In order to achieve this, VU Amsterdam uses a system of appointment and promotion procedures. These procedures give you a clear idea of the criteria you must meet before you can progress to the next stage of your career.


The most important task for operations management is to ensure that teaching and research run smoothly. In order to allow your talents to shine as brightly as possible, we offer a wide range of courses and training programmes for all those in operations management roles.

Are you just starting out as a manager? We offer an extensive range of courses, training programmes and workshops for both starters and experienced managers, so that you can always progress further. Examples of training programmes offered are Personal leadership, or a training on conducting job performance interviews. 

Young Professional
Are you a young professional? Then you can, for instance, participate in the mentorship programme. Together with a senior colleague from another department, you will work together on your career over a ten-month period. We have also developed a limited, two-year traineeship, especially for young professionals in the area of operations management. 

E-Learning is available for all of the employees. VU Amsterdam emphasizes the importance of employability of their employees. Therefore, VU Amsterdam offers, besides specific classroom courses direct access to more than 120 online courses. All employees can develop themselves 24/7. For example, you can follow a workshop on time management, read all about ‘working Lean and Scrum’ or upgrade your knowledge of Excel with an advanced workshop.  VU E-Learning mostly offers courses in the field of soft skills and competences. They are available in several languages.   


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