Job Posting


Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS), Faculty of Digital Media and Creative Industries, is currently looking to fill the following vacancy for the Digital Society School:


Digital Society School

The Digital Society School (DSS) is a growing multidisciplinary community of learners, creators and designers ready to have an impact on society and its global digital transformation. Information and Communication Technology has become an integral part of our work and life. Fed by technology, a digital society has evolved. Living, working and running a business in this digital society calls for talented and qualified people who can manage the digital transformation, create new services and jobs, and guarantee safety, security and inclusiveness.


The DSS is a 21st-century educational concept rooted in modular project education (tracks), which enables students to collaborate in multidisciplinary teams with lecturers, researchers and experts from the industry. These full-semester projects are based on challenges brought in by the industry or societal partners and are executed in design sprints of three weeks. The output is a working prototype of a digital/physical solution to the challenge. More information on the tracks.


The idea of a digital twin, a virtual representation of an object, a person or a process, is not new. But the application of advanced big data analytics and AI might turn it into a truly disruptive technology. What happens when digital twins are linked to the real world, real people, real processes, real-time for monitoring and control?

  • Will we be in control, or will digital twins control us?
  • How do we interact with digital twins?
  • Who will be using this technology and for what purposes?

The representative and predictive powers of digital twins are expected to be massive, and will lead to ethical implications. Trend reports and consultancy firm are listing Digital Twin as a key strategic technology trend. Whilst tech companies, and the healthcare industry is heavily investing in these new trends, there is still limited attention from academic and applied universities. At Digital Society School, we are will explore how new trends like Digital Twin in tech and society can contribute to a sustainable and inclusive society.

The position

The Program Manager will be responsible for all projects, partnerships and knowledge distribution within the Track. Responsibilities are a combination of organizing projects, managing people, and contributing to the content of the programs and the output of the track: products, knowledge and learning materials, (professional) courses and human capital.

You will:

Develop funded partnerships and manage the partner consortium with stakeholders from the industry and society, lead the Track Team, while monitoring the track budget and taking care of the team culture. You will be responsible for recruitment and hiring trainees for track projects. You will also organize events, such as track-specific and DSS meetups to engage the community and/or present results and collaborate in developing the DSS lifelong learning programs (trainee program, hybrid learning, digital camps and professional programs).

You are

Somebody with a multidisciplinary background who understands both sciences, tech, arts and humanities. A professional that holds a PhD and has relevant experience in organizing autonomous teams and projects, and able to scout on-topic opportunities, bring in partners, formalize agreements, formulate project challenges and monitor the success of the process and output. You are well-informed about technology that enables digital twinning. Experience in the Lifescience & Health, Energie Transition or Fashion Technology is a pre.

You are a true team player and a believer in the notion that true excellence is never the work of one genius alone. You have an extensive network and have experience in managing a consortium of (various stakeholders). You are a design thinker and a tech lover, passionate to make learning a meaningful and truly transformational experience, while you understand that learning experiences need to be human-centered, and convinced that technology should be used in a meaningful way to transform society.

Your communication skills in speaking, writing and on stage are strong. You are fluent in English, and are able to communicate in Dutch. Experience with designing learning experiences, developing courses and training groups, is preferred.

We offer

This position is temporary, based on the duration of the track. The activities meet the job description for Docent onderzoeker 1. This position comes under pay scale 12 (CAO HBO, collective labour agreement for universities of applied sciences). The gross monthly salary has a maximum of €5.717 for a full-time appointment, depending on the candidate’s education and experience.
AUAS offers an extensive package of employee benefits, including a generous holiday allowance and payment of a 13th month. The AUAS also offers excellent opportunities for study and personal development at its AUAS Academy.

For more information

For more information please contact Gijs Gootjes (Head of Strategy & Organisation) or (please do not use this Email address for applications).

Closing date

This vacancy will be open for two weeks. Its closing date is the Friday the 18th of October 2020. The interviews are scheduled on the October 22nd.


Please click on the link below to submit an online application. Applications submitted directly to the point of contact or in any other manner will not be processed