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Laboratory Assistant in Archaeobotany

Vacancy number
Function type
Non-academic staff
Hours (in fte)
External/ internal
Placed on
03 December 2019
Closing date
18 December 2019

8 more days to apply

The Department of Archaeological Sciences of the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University has a vacancy for a

Laboratory Assistant in Archaeobotany

Key responsibilities
The successful candidate will be responsible for providing technical and organisational support to the laboratories run by the Bioarchaeology Research Group. While these include the laboratories for Osteoarchaeology, Archaeobotany and Archaezoology, their main task will be to support the Laboratory of Archaeobotany.

Under supervision (particularly of Dr. Michael Field) and in close collaboration with the scientific staff of these laboratories, the successful candidate will be in charge of the preparation and processing of samples for the study of pollen and spores, the curation and digitization of the reference collection of pollen and plant macrofossils, the purchase and distribution of supplies (for the Bioarchaeology Group as a whole), the implementation of laboratory safety protocols and procedures (particularly the Pollen preparation Room), including the handling of chemicals, as well as the inventorisation and maintenance of technical equipment, opening and closely of the Archaebotany Lab and keeping the Archaeobotany Lab clean.

They will furthermore assist in the safety training of students and the set-up of practical sessions for courses taught particularly in the Archaeobotany Lab.

Selection criteria
The department is seeking to strengthen its technical support team by hiring a candidate with a

  • Strong technical background and a pragmatic hands-on attitude;
  • background in botany and be either experienced in a wide range of biochemical methodologies or eager to learn these techniques applied to bioarchaeological research;
  • The candidate must be a team player, flexible, able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously, and able to manage their time efficiently and effectively;
  • Degree in Biological/Medical/Chemical Laboratory Studies (mbo/hbo);
  • Preferentially two years of experience in the operational management of a science laboratory;
  • Excellent command of English and Dutch (CEFR level B2).

Academic qualifications in Archaeology are not required, but the successful candidate should be broadly interested in scientific approaches to the investigation of the human past.

Our organisation
The future of the past begins in Leiden. The Faculty of Archaeology is internationally leading for its research, home to a broad array of specializations and notable for its strong connection between teaching and research. Home to over 500 students in the multidisciplinary world of archaeology, the faculty and its researchers from all areas of the archaeological field determine the future of archaeological research.

Terms and conditions
We offer a temporary position for a maximum of four years. The initial contract will be for one year with the possibility to extend with three years on the basis of a positive evaluation of performance. Salary range from €2,261.- to €3,445.- gross per month for a full-time position (scale 7 or 8 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities), depending on education, experience and level of appointment. The position is available as of 1 February 2020.

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year (8.3 %) bonuses, 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.

For further information about the position of Laboratory Assistant, please contact Micheal Field, Head of the Bioarchaeology research group, email m.h.field@arch.leidenuniv.nl.

To apply for this vacancy, please send an email to Yvonne Haring, departmental secretary, email y.m.haring@arch.leidenuniv.nl. Please ensure that you attach the following documents as a single PDF file quoting the vacancy number:

  • A cover letter stating your motivation to apply for this position as well as your background and interests;
  • A Curriculum Vitae,
  • Your mbo/hbo degree certificate, or proof of equivalent degree;
  • Any other certificates demonstrating relevant qualifications, including language certificates;
  • The names and contact addresses of two referees.  

Only applications received no later than 18 December 2019 can be considered. The selection procedure will take place in early January. You are kindly requested to be available in this period.

Acquisition following this advertisement is not appreciated.

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