Jan started as a Professor of Education at the University of Cambridge in October 2012. Before, he was a Professor of Teaching and Teacher Education at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. Previously he worked as a research associate, assistant professor, associate professor and full professor at several universities in The Netherlands and Belgium, among which the universities of Amsterdam, Tilburg, Leiden and Maastricht. In 1992 he received his PhD (cum laude) from Tilburg University with a thesis on student learning in higher education.
From 2009 to 2013 Jan served as a member of the Executive Committee of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction EARLI. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of Educational Research Review and Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training. With effect from 1 January 2014, he was elected as Editor-in-Chief of Learning and Instruction, one of the leading journals in the world in the fields of Educational Research and Educational Psychology. In 2016 he received an honorary doctorate in Educational Sciences from the University of Antwerp for his entire scientific work. He is outgoing Editor of the academic journal Learning and Instruction.