As of September 1, the Gerrit Rietveld Academie is looking for a:

Teacher at the Ceramics department for 5 hours every two weeks

The organisation
The Gerrit Rietveld Academie (GRA) is a small-scale, independent internationally oriented university of applied sciences for visual arts and design. The GRA consists of the Rietveld Academy (Bachelor's education, divided into 14 departments, the Sandberg Institute (Master's education, divided into 7 departments), the Lectorate Art & Spatial Praxis (LASP), 23 workshops and 2 preparatory courses. The academy has around 850 students and 130 course participants. The organization has an international character, which makes the academy a diverse community. 

The entire academy has approximately 200 teachers, most of whom are also independent artists or designers or have a practice connected to the artistic field as contemplators or theorists.

The academy is characterized by research-based and experimental art education, where (head) teachers, workplace specialists, students and staff together shape and give content to education and research. Diversity and inclusion, ecology and sustainability are important focal points of the academy and therefore guide the actions of members of the academy community.

Description of the department
Dealing with clay as the core of our discipline, the Ceramics department is a place where students are free to engage with other techniques and materials outside the field of ceramics. In its own separate workshop, the Ceramics department offers an opportunity to develop practical and sculptural skills. Students are encouraged to explore beyond the boundaries of the discipline with their sculptural and spatial work employing old and new technologies alongside each other. In this environment, a solid technical introduction to the ceramics process including constructing shapes, making moulds, casting, turning and glazing are offered. 

There is a constant interaction between experimentation, creation, reflection and developing ideas among the students, lecturers and technicians in the communal workspace. Individual supervision and group discussions are encouraged to share knowledge of the medium.

• We are looking for a teacher with technical knowledge of ceramics who can guide students in the development of their artistic process. The position is open for artists and designers active in the field of ceramics who have graduated at least 5 years ago. Experience in education is a must.

• We are looking for someone with a broad scope of technical knowledge, including building techniques like slab-building, press-molding, hand-building/coiling, mold making, glazing techniques, throwing, technical knowledge about firing kilns.

• The content of your teaching joins the teaching of the other teachers in the team.

• We are looking for someone who is available for teaching at the academy for 5 hours every two weeks. Teaching includes studio visits and lectures with 1st, 2nd and 3rd year students of our department.

• Regular discussions on the alignment of the different teaching strains within the department will be part of the appointment.

• Further tasks include participation in the assessments in the end of both semesters (2 full days) and team meetings. Excursion and other extra-curricular activities are optional and do not come with the contract.

What profile do you have?
• Specialized knowledge and understanding of developments in the field of Ceramics and based on personal experience in your own professional practice;

• Social, connecting and communicative;

• You can effortlessly link 'making and thinking';

• Skills in designing and organizing educational implementation in accordance with the curriculum;

• Experience with and knowledge of diversity and inclusiveness in relation to the target group;

• Teaching skills, so that you can enthuse, challenge, surprise, give confidence and activate students;

• Command of the English language in word and writing;

• Preferably a relevant academic education.

The didactical approach at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie builds on three important premises:

1.     Students take an autonomous and responsible role in their own learning. Teachers offer opportunities for learning and coach students during their journey;

2.     A healthy and safe feedback culture is a pre-requisite for the learning environment that Gerrit Rietveld Academie aims to offer. Giving and receiving feedback is part of daily interaction of the students and teachers, aiming to avoid unwanted power dynamics (das arts film;

3.     Rietveld Academie fosters an inclusive learning environment that stands for connection, transparency, clear communication and attention to diverse learning styles of students.

Employment conditions
• Initially, this appointment is for one year, based on 132 hours to be worked per year / 0,0796 fte, with the possibility of extension based on performance. After a maximum of four years, the contract can be converted to indefinite if there is good performance and sufficient formation space;

• The position is for an employment contract. If you have a non-EU nationality, you are required to have the work permit 'arbeid vrij toegestaan';

• The position is classified in job scale 11 (job profile Teacher), in accordance with cao-hbo guidelines (maximum € 5.936,77 gross per month for a full-time position) and is dependent on work experience;

• Good fringe benefits include holiday allowance (8%), end-of-year-bonus of 8.3%, a very generous number of holiday days, a pension scheme (employer pays 70% of the premium) and professional development opportunities.

This vacancy has been published simultaneously internally and externally. In case of equal suitability, internal candidates have priority over external candidates.

For more information, please contact Jonas Vansteenkiste, Head of Ceramics at

Applications accompanied by a short motivation letter and a curriculum vitae should be addressed to Please mention ‘vacancy Teacher Ceramics’ in the subject.

The response deadline closes on Sunday, June 20.

Gerrit Rietveld Academie strives for a broader representation of staff, students, partners and programmes that reflects the diversity of the city and the field. Anyone wishing to contribute to this is expressly invited to respond.

Acquisition in response to this advertisement is not appreciated.