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Computer Scientist (or Programmer) Methodology and Statistics

Vacancy number
Function type
Non-academic staff
Hours (in fte)
1.0 FTE
External/ internal
Placed on
22 December 2017
Closing date
01 February 2018

10 more days to apply

The section Methodology and Statistics of the institute Psychology of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences is looking for a Computer Scientist (or Programmer) Methodology and Statistics (1.0 FTE).


Key responsibilities

Your tasks are to a large extent part of the research activities of Methodology and Statistics for Psychology and you will contribute to the development of statistical methods for the Behavioural Sciences. You main tasks involve:

  • improving the performance of simulation studies, including parallel computing, and advising which platforms and servers to use;
  • improving algorithms and code of statistical methods;
  • (assistance in) creating Shiny applications and R packages. You will investigate autonomously whether R packages can be speeded up by combining R code with third generation program languages;

You will contribute actively to the teaching program of the Methodology and Statistics by maintaining, generating (SPSS) tests and exams, and creating e-learning material;

Selection criteria

  • You have completed with excellent grades a master related to computer science (statistics, computer science, data science, etc.);
  • You are able to program in R and in a third generation language (e.g., JAVA or C++). Additional programming skills (e.g., in MATLAB or Python) are appreciated;
  • You have experience in using statistical packages such as SPSS, SAS, or STATA;
  • You are proficient in LaTeX;
  • You have excellent writing and communication skills;
  • You are able to work independently;
  • Both Dutch and English language proficiency (or the intention to obtain these) is required.

Our Faculty

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences comprises four institutes: Education and Child Studies, Political Science, Psychology and Cultural Anthropology & Development Sociology. The Faculty also includes the Centre for Science and Technology Studies. The Faculty is home to 5,000 students and 600 members of staff. Our teaching and research programmes cover diverse topics varying from adoption to political behaviour.

Terms and conditions

We offer a full-time one year term position, with the possibility of renewal based on need, funding and performance. Salary range from €2,588 to €4,085 gross per month (pay scale 10, 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. 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.


Enquiries can be made to Prof. Mark de Rooij.

More vacancies and information via https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/vacancies.


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