A job with significance

Working for NHL Stenden means working in a challenging environment where you can really mean something to students, society and your colleagues. We also of course have very attractive working conditions that not only include the Collective Labour Agreement for Higher Professional Education but also a few unique NHL Stenden conditions. Conditions that are just that little bit different to usual.

2,500 super colleagues

With us, you get 2,500 super colleagues along with the job. Colleagues that look at things and do things just that little bit differently to usual. Colleagues that challenge and inspire you. Colleagues with whom you’ll make a difference in the lives of our 24,000 students. If you’d like to meet some of them now, just click here.

Opportunities for self-development

Continually develop throughout your working life? It's one of the things that makes us a university of applied sciences. With hundreds of programmes and courses to choose from, you can continue to challenge yourself and learn new things. We offer plenty of opportunities to grow or change positions, and if you’re not yet qualified or you’re wanting to learn even more, then you can join us to get your teaching qualification or follow a master’s.

International opportunities

Internationality is in our DNA. If you want to broaden your horizons or push back frontiers, then check out opportunities such as teaching at one of our Grand Tour locations in Thailand, Indonesia, South or Africa. Or find inspiration somewhere else abroad and join one of the international weeks in Spain, Portugal or another European country. After experiences like these, you’ll look at the world quite differently.

DBE, our educational concept

Studying with us is not restricted to lecture halls. In fact, we’d rather students found out what actually happens in practice. It's why we work with a challenging concept we call Design-Based Education. Students work in ateliers on questions posed by the professional field, develop prototypes, test them out and learn from their mistakes. They do this for and with for instance a local municipality, a large company, or the grocer’s down the road. As a lecturer, you’re a coach for your students. You don’t tell them how things work, but challenge them to find out for themselves. It's a little different to usual.


A family, hobbies, friends or your own business: we completely understand that there are things other than work that are important to you. Which is why we want to help you find a good balance between your work and private life. Together, we'll look at your work days, work times and the number of hours you want to work each week. We also offer paid parental leave, reduced working hours for those nearing retirement and sustainable employability hours for a healthy work-life balance.


Working in education is hard going. On the other hand, you do get 11 weeks of holiday a year. It's a little different to usual.

Salary and allowances

Naturally, you get something from us for all your efforts: a salary. Your position determines which salary scale you fall under in the Collective Labour Agreement for Higher Professional Education, but a salary isn't all you get! There's also 8% holiday pay, and at the end of the year, you get an 8.3% year-end bonus on top of your gross annual salary.

There's more

  • Monthly internet-homeworking allowance of €30 net per month
  • Discount on the purchase of software and IT products through the IT webshop Surfspot
  • Free sports facilities in the Bewegingscentrum Leeuwarden
  • An allowance for health insurance
  • Reimbursement of up to €130 for tools to help keep you fit and healthy, like a Fitbtit or a health check
  • Working from home
    The phenomenon of working from home has become an integral part of our society and of our University of Applied Sciences. Since COVID-19, we have opted for a hybrid form of working wherever possible. Working from home has become just as normal as working on location and working from home is well facilitated. Every employee can claim a maximum of €1000 per 5 years for the furnishing of an ergonomic home workplace that meets occupational health and safety requirements.