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Assistant/Associate Professor in Statistics and/or Data Science

Vacancy number
Job type
Academic staff
Hours (in fte)
1.0 FTE
External/ internal
Internal , External
Placed on
22 January 2019
Closing date
15 March 2019 Vacancy closed

The Faculty of Science and the Mathematical Institute are looking for Assistant/Associate Professor in Statistics and/or Data Science (1.0 FTE).

Key responsibilities

The candidate will perform research, contribute to the teaching tasks, and share into other responsibilities of the Statistical Science Division of the Mathematical Institute.
Candidates with a background in the broad field of Statistical Science or Data Science, including psychometrics, biostatistics, and machine learning, are invited to apply, in particular candidates with a research interest that connects to research currently carried out in the institute.
Teaching duties in the Mathematical Institute are shared and rotate among the members of the institute. The candidate will be involved in particular with the master in Statistical Science for the Life and Behavioural Sciences and Data Science, and/or courses in statistics for other sciences or the Leiden University College.

Selection criteria

  • PhD. Degree;
  • excellence in research, as proven by PhD thesis and publications;
  • excellence in teaching;
  • commitment to become fluent in Dutch;
  • potential to obtain research grants;
  • connection to Statistical Science research as carried out in the institute;
  • affinity with applications of Statistical Science.

Our organisation

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. The Mathematical Institute is one of the eight institutes within the Faculty of Science.

The Statistical Science section is one of four groups in the Mathematical Institute. It cooperates with other statisticians and data scientists at Leiden University in the Leiden University Institute of Statistical Science and in the Leiden Center of Data Science. Together with its partners in the Institute of Psychology, the Leiden University Medical Center, Wageningen University and the VU medical center, the Statistical Science group runs a master program in Statistical Science and Data Science. It engages a large group of PhD students and is involved in many research projects, ranging from applied to algorithmic and theoretical statistics, and machine learning. It is engaged  in a wide range of interdisciplinary research projects and receives considerable industrial funding. For more information see the webpages https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/leiden-university-institute-for-statistical-science and https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/science/leiden-centre-of-data-science.

Terms and conditions

The appointment will be at the level of assistant or associate professor. Appointment can be fixed term (two to four years) or for indefinite duration, at a level depending on the candidate. Also pending budgetary approval and excellent performance a position may be for fixed term or for undetermined duration. For exceptional candidates promotion to full professor is not excluded. Salary range from €3,637 to €6,738 gross per month (pay scale 11, 12 , 13 or 14), 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. More at https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/working-at/job-application-procedure-and-employment-conditions.  

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 it is obligatory to obtain this Qualification within two years.


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


Enquiries can be made to the Chair of the search committee Professor Jacqueline Meulman, email jmeulman@math.leidenuniv.nl or the Director of the Mathematical Institute Professor Aad van der Vaart, email avdvaart@math.leidenuniv.nl.


Applications using the vacancy number and including a full CV, a list of publications, brief past and future research statements, as well as the names and addresses of at least three persons who can be contacted for reference (and have agreed to be contacted), should be uploaded no later than 15 March 2019 to the website: https://jobs.math.leidenuniv.nl/2019/statistics/

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