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Science Based Business


The Faculty of Science at Leiden University is looking for:

Assistant Professor (0.8-1.0 fte) in Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management (with a focus on entrepreneurship)
Vacancy number 17-202


As part of its expansion, Science Based Business (SBB) at the University of Leiden’s Faculty of Science is recruiting an Assistant Professor in Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management to take the lead in the development of new research and teaching programs in technology entrepreneurship.

Science Based Business

SBB spans science, medicine, and business, focusing on areas such as technology management, innovation, entrepreneurship, operations, and decision making. SBB programs fuse business scholarship with technology and industry engagement, and accordingly forge strong relationships to other groups within the Faculty of Science and the Leiden University Medical School. Key themes around which SBB is forging collaborations across the university, and with industry are precision medicine, data sciences, and instrumentation. As part of its continuing expansion, SBB is developing new research and teaching programs in entrepreneurship.

Leiden University

Leiden University was founded in 1575 and is one of Europe’s leading international research universities. It has seven faculties in the arts, sciences and social sciences, spread over locations in Leiden and The Hague. The University has over 5,500 staff members and 25,800 students. The motto of the University is 'Praesidium Libertatis' – Bastion of Freedom. In 2013 Leiden was the highest ranked university in the Netherlands in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The University counts among its former students and faculty ten leaders and Prime Ministers of the Netherlands including the current Prime Minister Mark Rutte, nine foreign leaders, among them the 6th President of the United States John Quincy Adams, a Secretary General of NATO, a President of the International Court of Justice, and sixteen recipients of the Nobel Prize. 

The Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science teaches more than 3,000 students in the context of 8 bachelor’s and 11 master’s programmes. Working at the Faculty of Science means being part of an exciting, dynamic scientific environment which sets high standards for its students, staff and support staff alike. The Faculty is known for its friendly and team-spirited atmosphere, which promotes mutual exchange of knowledge. For more information, see http://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/science.

Key responsibilities

The successful candidate will be expected to;

  • Produce impactful, quality research in international top journals in the field of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management.
  • Provide leadership to the development of the New Technology Ventures (NTV) track of the Science Based Business (SBB) master specialisation, and the NTV course of the SBB minor at the Leiden University Faculty of Science.
  • Develop and deliver courses on entrepreneurship topics with a focus on new business creation in technology-intensive industries.
  • Forge collaborations with colleagues from across different institutes that make up the Faculty of Science, and LUMC, as well as industry partners at the Leiden BioScience park and beyond.

Selection Criteria

The successful candidate should:

  • Have a strong research record or demonstrated research potential in the area of entrepreneurial management with a focus on publishing articles in top journals
  • Have completed a doctoral degree in entrepreneurial management, or a related field by the time she/he assumes the position.
  • Show a clear affinity with the multidisciplinary mission of Science Based Business that bridges scholarship and practice in management on the one hand, and the natural and biomedical sciences on the other hand.
  • Have the leadership skills required to forge relationships with key stakeholders groups inside and outside the university, and push forward the new research and teaching initiatives tied to SBB.
  • Be excited to teach management subjects to undergraduate and/or postgraduate students with backgrounds in the sciences and biomedicine.

Terms and conditions 

We offer a 0,8-1,0 FTE position for the duration of 5 years. The position may be renewed based on need, funding and performance. Salary range from € 3.400,  to € 5.588,  gross per month on a 1,0fte base (pay scale 11-12 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3%), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Leiden University requires teaching staff to obtain the University Teaching Qualification http://staff.leiden.edu/h-r/training/utq/more/bko.html . If the successful applicant does not already  possess this qualification or its equivalent, he/ she must be willing to obtain this Qualification within two years.


Enquiries can be made to Professor Simcha Jong (s.jong@liacs.leidenuniv.nl). If you have any questions about the procedure, please contact Ariënne Bruin (a.bruin@sbb.leidenuniv.nl), telephone: +31 71 527 4551.


To apply for this vacancy, please send an email to Ariënne Bruin (a.bruin@sbb.leidenuniv.nl). Please ensure that you upload the following additional documents quoting the vacancy number:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Cover letter
  • The names of three references who can be contacted for shortlisted candidates

Only applications received before 30 September can be considered.