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Assistant professor on Aquatic ecosystem management

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

Vacancy closed

The Faculty of Science, Institute of Environmental Sciences, Leiden University is looking for an Assistant professor on Aquatic ecosystem management (1.0 FTE).

Project description

The Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) of Leiden University aspires to be the center of excellence for strategic and quantitative research and education on sustainable use and governance of natural resources and biodiversity. Amongst others, CML wil start a new MSc programme Governance of Sustainability by September 2019 aiming to educate future change agents to improve the quality of governance solutions to major sustainability issues. Courses will be co-taught with colleagues from the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs. Staff members of CML teaching in this and other BSc and MSc programmes provide students with the natural science perspective on wicked sustainability challenges, while keeping a close eye on and integrating societal perspectives. In line with the vision of Leiden University of a strong link between research and teaching, we strive to a balance between these activities although at the start of the appointment more emphasis will be on teaching. Besides this position, CML is also looking for:

Key responsibilities

High water quality and sufficient water availability is essential to nature and mankind. An effective management of water resources demands an understanding of its underpinning natural processes, including principles of aquatic ecology, ecotoxicology and of the quantification of spatiotemporal patterns of freshwater ecosystem properties and functioning.

  • Develop courses and teach within the new MSc Governance of Sustainability programme the knowledge related to natural sciences concepts on e.g. (aquatic) ecology, ecotoxicology and ecohydrology. In addition, skills for quantitative analysis, including data science, spatial analysis, remote sensing and data assimilation will be taught and developed;
  • 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 Environmental Biology of CML, leading to successful acquisition of research grants and publications in leading scientific journals.

Selection criteria 

  • Strong communication and teaching skills;
  • Interest in teaching within a transdisciplinary context;
  • (willingness to attain within two years) A University Teaching Qualification (UTQ; BKO in Dutch);
  • A doctorate in environmental sciences, biology or related field;
  • Quantitative skills in (spatial) data analysis and modelling;
  • Proficiency in English (writing and oral);
  • A proven interest in the decision-making context of abovementioned topics;
  • Proven acquisition capabilities;
  • Strong publication record corresponding to the period after obtaining a PhD degree.

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. 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 Environmental Biology (EB) and Industrial Ecology (IE). Jointly, they contribute to sustainable management 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 fixed-term position up to six years (depending on qualifications), with a possibility of  a tenured position depending on funding and performance. Salary range from €3,545 to €5,513 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. More at https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/working-at/job-application-procedure-and-employment-conditions.  


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


Enquiries for the vacancy can be made to Professor Peter van Bodegom, email p.m.van.bodegom@cml.leidenuniv.nl, telephone +31 71 527 7486.


To apply for this vacancy, please send no later than 1 March 2019 an email quoting the vacancy number to Susanna van den Oever at sollicitaties@cml.leidenuniv.nl. Please ensure that you upload your CV and a letter of motivation.  
The vacancy will remain open till it has been filled.

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