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Lecturer Ecological Art/Design, Living Stations Lab (0.4 fte)

Willem de Kooning Academie

The Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences (WdKA/RUAS), offers a variety of bachelor and master’s programmes in the field of visual culture, art, design, education in arts, and leisure management.

The curriculum of the Willem de Kooning Academy is founded on an interdisciplinary ethos through the Autonomous, Social and Commercial Practices. The Majors are the entry point of study for all Bachelor students; the Practices of the interdisciplinary research contexts in the second half of the Bachelor programs; and the highly unique Stations (advanced workshops focused on Research through Making) complete the three pillars of the institute.

About the Living Stations Lab

The Living Stations Lab is currently being developed and will become a physical learning environment where students can find facilities and expertise around the fields of ecological and bio art/design. Here students can do research and explore different (living) materials and ecosystems (plants, mycelium, soil, waste streams, species on a microlevel, etc.)

On the one hand the Living Stations Lab is a place to explore different techniques and to create (bio)materials like bioplastics, fabrics from waste streams and materials yet to be defined. On the other hand it aims to be a learning environment in which research and collaboration is encouraged with living (eco)systems outside the school. The goal is to address and translate complex issues regarding climate change, ecology and biodiversity through working with tangible local challenges.

Therefore the Living Stations Lab is currently developing fieldlabs in which topics like water, soil, air, energy and wind are being contextualized. Through field research and providing explorative, critical and engaging educational programs we aim to address environmental concerns within art and design practice.

To do so we seek collaboration with local partners and educational programs within RUAS (Rotterdam University of Applied Science). The Living Stations Lab will be visible within the school, triggering and exhibiting new ways of making and collaborating with (biological) living Systems.

Position (what is the job)

Is ecological art/design your practice? Are you combining theory, research methodologies with a practical and hands-on approach?

We are looking for a lecturer who has a broad professional knowledge in basic and advances techniques around ecological and bio art/design that can be disseminated through educational programs. Do you value critical perspectives on climate justice, biodiversity, circular design- and economy, and do you want to take on the challenge with us to translate these complex subjects into practical and inspiring education programs?

Tasks will include

  • Join and contribute to a team of WdKA teachers and researchers discussing and exchanging on topics related to environmentalism in art and design practice/education;
  • Teaching, as a part of a team, in courses ranging from the first year to the fourth across a wide range of educational programs. Developing courses that depart from the Living Stations Lab which includes a hands-on approach (e.g.; material-based prototyping, modelmaking, experimenting) and in which collaboration is sought with the other educational programs of the Willem de Kooning Academy;
  • Taking the lead, initiate the development of workshops, courses, and events for the Living Stations Lab;
  • A commitment and open attitude towards collaboration with local partners (like BlueCity), the international network of WdKA, students and tutors;
  • Organize education which includes working with several online student registration systems; being able to provide a stimulating learning environment for students and enthuse and motivate them;
  • Responding with flexibility to a workload that varies over the course of the academic year.


We are looking for a designer/artist/maker who is curious and interested in the latest developments in ecological and bio art/design and who is eager to contribute to the development of this new field.

  • You are a maker, artist, designer who is working within the field of ecological and/or bio design/art and has built up a relevant professional network;
  • You are experienced and have a clear understanding of working within an ecological context, it is a plus if you are experienced working with a specific biomaterial, for example working with waste materials and/or living organisms (e.g. fungal mycelium, algae etc.);
  • It is a plus if you have a basic understanding in biology and chemistry;
  • Experimental, critical, and open attitude towards the definitions of design and critical making;
  • You have experience in project-based practices and working in a team: in addition, you are independent, result-oriented and you have a pro-active attitude;
  • You have sufficient knowledge in relevant software packages like Adobe and other 3D programs;
  • You have a higher professional education working level of thinking;
  • A clear motivation and affinity with (project based) education; you can communicate, write, share, and transfer knowledge both in Dutch and in English;
  • EU/ECC work authorization;
  • Familiarity and an ability to engage with design communities in Rotterdam is a nice-to-have. 

Our staff is diverse, not just in terms of practice but also in terms of culture, gender, and ethnicity. We are aware that you might have not experience in all domains. If this is the case, please specify in which areas you would need to further develop yourself.


Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences offers a temporary contract, from September 1, 2022 to August 31, 2023. The salary ranges from €3,018.49 to €4,569,57 gross per month (salary scale 10) for full-time employment, exclusive of additional 8% holiday pay and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. Secondary benefits include professional training opportunities and an attractive pension scheme.

All staff members of Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences must be able to submit a Certificate of Conduct (Verklaring Omtrent Gedrag, VOG) issued by the Dutch Minister of Justice and Security.

NB at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences you start as an inexperienced teacher in salary scale 10. This is the starting position in your career as a teacher. You can progress to core lecturer, university lecturer and senior lecturer. For this development it is necessary that you have a master's degree at the next step.


WdKA likes to invest in motivated and well-trained employees. Working at WdKA means that you can use time and facilities (via unlimited access to our Stations) for professionalization. To further your pedagogical development, you will be encouraged to undertake pedagogical courses i.e. BKE (Basis Kwalificatie Examinering) and Competency Assessment Course.

You may avail of a Hogeschool Rotterdam discount on your healthcare via Achmea and participate in a solid pension scheme.


Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences works with a limited travel reimbursement (maximum of 20 km).

Application Procedure

  • CV
  • Letter of motivation
  • Portfolio

The selection procedure will take place in two phases. A short list of applicants will be drawn based on CV, Letter of motivation and portfolio, followed by interviews.

Additional information

Informal enquiries about the position or the selection procedure can be directed to: Emma van der Leest, If you are invited for an interview, these will take place on 11th, 13th  and 14th of July 2022 at Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam.

Deadline for applications: 06 July 2022

Please do not use this vacancy as an acquisition opportunity.


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