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Junior Researcher

Vacancy number
Function type
Academic staff
Hours (in fte)
1.0 FTE
External/ internal
Placed on
20 February 2018
Closing date
01 April 2018

10 more days to apply

The Centre for Science and Technology Studies, of the Faculty of Social Sciences of Leiden University wishes to announce a vacancy for the position of a Junior Researcher (1.0 FTE).


Key responsibilities

You will be based at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) and, working closely with STIS (Science, Technology and Innovation Studies) members and other CWTS colleagues, you will participate in qualitative and quantitative research projects – both ‘basic’ curiosity-driven research and ‘applied’ contract research for external clients.  Your tasks will include analyzing and documenting existing data sets and preparing new data sets. Your work package also includes reviewing scientific literature, preparing analytical and summative papers, writing up results of your research in reports and academic publications. Helping to organize and contributing to CWTS public seminars, meetings, dissemination events and international conferences is also part of your job.
The research activities will relate to one or more STIS projects, which covers a wide range of topics including: innovative universities, public-private R&D cooperation, science-innovation ecosystems, academic entrepreneurship, and science in Africa. The position may offer the opportunity to develop and pursue your own research ideas and interests, as a PhD student on a STIS-related research topic and under supervision of senior CWTS staff.

Selection criteria

  • Preference will be given to candidates without a PhD degree, those with advanced IT skills (e.g. SQL, programming skills, web scraping, text mining) and some familiarity with STIS-related research topics or ‘big data’ science and technology studies;
  • Candidates should hold a research master degree (or functional equivalent), preferably in Studies of Science and Technology (STS), Innovation Studies, Library and Information Science, Economics or Management. Those with a background in another field should be able to demonstrate relevant knowledge or expertise;
  • We expect candidates to have good or excellent writing and verbal skills in English. In addition to proficiency in English, fluency in Dutch is considered an important asset, but not a condition. Employees who are not functionally fluent in Dutch will be expected to become so over time.

Our Faculty/Institute

The Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) is a leading research institute that investigates the development of science, technology and science-related innovation. We are also a services provider and training center dedicated to increasing our understanding of scientific quality, societal impact, and other related concepts. CWTS is a recognized international leader in empirical studies and information products based on our bibliometric and scientometric data. Our science, technology and innovation studies often use our large-scale, advanced databases with millions of scientific publications and patents worldwide.
CWTS conducts performance and benchmark studies of scientific groups and institutes, including bibliometric mapping and network analysis of science, and supplies data and services on science and technology indicators to a wide range of clients worldwide. CWTS is home of the Leiden Ranking but also VOSviewer and CitNetExplorer two widely used and freely-available software tools developed by CWTS staff. Our bibliometric and scientometric tools, and related evaluation expertise, provide a solid basis for supporting research assessment and strategic decision making and for developing science policy.
The CWTS research program consists of three research groups, including Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (STIS).

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 behavior.

Terms and conditions

We offer a one year term position, with the possibility of renewal based on need, funding and performance. The preferred start date in June 1st 2018. Salary range from €2,588 to €4,084 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.


For more information, please contact Prof. Robert Tijssen by email.

See also “Further information”.
More vacancies via https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/vacancies.


Please submit online your application via the blue button of our application system. Applicants should submit online a letter of interest accompanied by a CV.

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