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Assistant Professor on Human influences on nature

Vacancy number
Function type
Academic staff
Hours (in fte)
1.0 FTE
External/ internal
Internal, External
Placed on
08 May 2018
Closing date
31 May 2018

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The Faculty of Science, Institute of Environmental Sciences, Leiden University is looking for an Assistant Professor on Human influences on nature (1.0 FTE).


Key responsibilities

  • Teach within the (BSc and) MSc Biology and the Leiden University College on the impacts of human influences on biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and ecosystem services;
  • Teach within the prospective MSc Governance of Sustainability the knowledge and skills on human influence on biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and ecosystem services needed to sustainably govern our natural resources;
  • Supervise (BSc and) MSc students in their thesis work;
  • Establish your own research line within the topics mentioned above – complementary but connected to ongoing research lines within the department of Conservation Biology of CML, leading to successful acquisition of research grants and publications in leading scientific journals.

Selection criteria

  • Strong communication and teaching skills;
  • A doctorate in environmental sciences, biology or related field;
  • Proficiency in English (writing and oral);
  • A proven interest in the interaction between nature and society;
  • A strong publication track record within the topics mentioned above;
  • Proven acquisition capabilities;
  • Leiden University requires teaching staff to obtain the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ). 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. A language proficiency of minimum level C1 is required  for staff who will teach in English.

Research at our Faculty/Institute

The Faculty of Science is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. It is a faculty where personal and academic development are top priorities. Our people are driven by curiosity to expand fundamental knowledge and to look beyond the borders of their own discipline; their aim is to benefit science, and to make a contribution to addressing the major societal challenges of the future.
The research carried out at the Faculty of Science is very diverse, ranging from mathematics, information science, astronomy, physics, chemistry and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. The research activities are organised in eight institutes. These institutes offer eight bachelor’s and twelve master’s programmes. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 1,300 staff and almost 4,000 students. We are located at the heart of Leiden’s Bio Science Park, one of Europe’s biggest science parks, where university and business life come together. 

The Institute of Environmental Sciences Leiden (CML) is part of the Faculty of Science at Leiden University. It unites two departments focusing on Conservation Biology (CB) and Industrial Ecology (IE). Jointly, they contribute to sustainable governance of biodiversity and natural resources. The research subjects comprise ecotoxicology, conservation and restoration ecology, ecosystem services, life cycle assessments, supply chains analysis and global resources. The Institute fosters an international atmosphere with strong interactions among the groups as well as with other departments. Working at CML means being part of an exciting, dynamic scientific environment which sets high standards for its students and staff alike. Additional information on research and education in the institute of CML can be found at CML's website.

Terms and conditions

We offer a position, starting with a one year appointment, with the possibility of a permanent position based on performance. Salary range from €3,475 to €5,405 gross per month (pay scale 11 or 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. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. 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 Professor Peter van Bodegom.
See also “Further information”.


To apply for this vacancy, please send an email quoting the vacancy number to Susanna van den Oever via the Apply button. Please ensure that you upload your CV, a transcript of your grades and a letter of motivation.
Interviews will take place on 12th of June.

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