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Assistant professor on 'Industrial Ecology'

Vacancy number
Function type
Academic staff
Hours (in fte)
External/ internal
Internal, External
Placed on
05 November 2018
Closing date
18 November 2018

One day left to apply

The Faculty of Science, Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML), Leiden University is looking for a Assistant professor on ‘Industrial Ecology’


Key responsibilities

Industrial ecology studies the society’s metabolism to design sustainable solutions. Within this position, quantitative analysis of industrial ecological principles is coupled to governance solutions.

Key tasks include

  • Develop courses and teach within the new MSc Governance of Sustainability programme the knowledge and skills related on resources management and its governance. This implies teaching concepts of e.g. material flows through society and the link to sustainability issues, circular economy and tools to quantify these and link these concepts to the governance of resources.  Courses will be co-taught will colleagues that are experts in the field of governance;
  • 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 Industrial Ecology of CML, leading to successful acquisition of research grants and publications in leading scientific journals.

Selection criteria

  • Willingness to attain within two year, a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ; BKO in Dutch);
  • Strong communication and teaching skills;
  • Interest in teaching within a transdisciplinary context;
  • A doctorate in industrial ecology, sustainability or environmental sciences or a related field;
  • Proficiency in English (writing and oral);
  • Quantitative skills in data analysis and modelling;
  • A proven interest in the interaction between sustainability and society;
  • Proven acquisition capabilities.

Research at our faculty

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.  For more information, see http://www.science.leidenuniv.nl. and  http://workingat.leiden.edu/.

Research at our institute

The Institute of Environmental Sciences Leiden (CML; http://cml.leiden.edu) is part of the Faculty of Science at Leiden University. It unites two departments focusing on Environmental Biology (EB) and Industrial Ecology (IE). Jointly, they contribute to sustainable governance of biodiversity and 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. Presently, over 100 FTE (including postdocs and PhDs) are employed at CML. CML collaborates with the TU Delft and Erasmus University (Rotterdam) in the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Sustainability (LDE-CfS) focusing on a circular economy.

Terms and conditions

We offer a full-time fixed-term position for two to six years (depending on qualifications), with a possibility of  a permanent position based on need, funding and performance. Salary range from €3,545 to €5,513  gross per month (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.


Enquiries for this vacancy can be made to Prof. Dr. Arnold Tukker. Additional information on research and education in the institute of CML can be found at CML's website: http://cml.leiden.edu/.


To apply for this vacancy, please send no later than 18 November 2018, an email quoting the vacancy number to Susanna van den Oever;  sollicitaties@cml.leidenuniv.nl. Please ensure that you upload your curriculum vitae and a letter of motivation.

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