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Project Manager for an ERC Consolidator Grant

Vacancy number
Function type
Non-academic staff
Hours (in fte)
External/ internal
Placed on
09 June 2020
Closing date
15 July 2020

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The Institute of Political Sciences of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences is looking for a 

Project Manager for an ERC Consolidator Grant

Project description
The Project Manager will be part of the interdisciplinary project “The Security Politics of Algorithmic Vision (Security Vision)” hosted at the Institute of Political Science at Leiden University. The project is funded by the European Research Council (ERC) and led by Dr Francesco Ragazzi.

The project investigates how technologies of computer vision work in practice in the field of security (smart CCTV, social media content moderation, border control, etc.), and what their ethical and political implications are. The project addresses these challenges through an innovative theoretical and methodological framework based on digital and visual practices to advance debates in international politics. The project has three interrelated objectives:

  1. To map the current field of computer vision institutions and technologies in the field of security, by constituting a dataset of actors, programs and applications, through multiple correspondence analysis and social network analysis. This first phase will produce, in addition to a textual analysis, several data visualization outputs.
  2. On the basis of this mapping, the project will investigate both the algorithmic and the social logics of these technologies, the professionals who program, train and operate them. Visual ethnographies (filmmaking) will provide an in-depth analysis of the workings of computer vision by focusing on three cases.
  3. Finally, the bureaucratic context, as well as the ethical and political impact of these technologies on fundamental rights will be analysed through expert interviews.

Key responsibilities

  • Planning and scheduling activities such as: providing inputs to initiation and planning stages, manage execution and be responsible for all project deliverables; creating and updating the project schedule, coordinates deliverables in timely manner.
  • Day to day management such as : leading project meetings, writing agendas and distributing minutes.
  • Reporting operations such as: providing weekly/monthly/ quarterly/yearly  reports on status as well as financials actual spend as well as timely team cost reporting towards the university and/or EU; conducting weekly, monthly, quarterly, yearly project reviews with all team members.
  • Ensuring quality control, such as assuring project deliverables quality is up to set expectation; documenting and reporting risks and issues, conducting reviews as appropriate to early mitigate any obstacles.
  • Contributing to project communications, including coordination of running the project website and project newsletter, and producing project publications.
  • Managing all contractual obligations (Grant Agreement, Consortium Agreement and other legal reference documents) and drafting additions or amendments.
  • Facilitating project management control and internal and external narrative and financial reporting, in close consultation with Leiden University’s Faculty of Social and Behavioural Science finance department, ensuring that the project’s contractual obligations are fulfilled in a timely manner.
  • Managing the project’s file repository and administering access rights.
  • Supporting the PI, the post-doctoral researcher and the PhD students with the practical organisation of their fieldwork.
  • Supporting the dissemination strategy of the project, both in academic (conferences) and audio-visual sectors (festivals, broadcasters, other distribution channels).

Selection criteria

  • Substantial managerial or administrative experience in academic or research-based projects. Alternatively, substantial managerial or administrative experience with documentary film and digital projects in the audio-visual or digital media sector.
  • Fluency in English and strong writing skills.
  • A Master’s degree in social sciences, economics, business administration, humanities, or other relevant fields (or a bachelor’s degree combined with several years of relevant work experience).
  • Strong IT skills, including proficiency in Excel and collaborative and project management platforms (Confluence, MS Project, etc.).
  • A high level of accuracy, professionalism and attention to detail.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds. 

Other qualifications of relevance, but not required to the position include the following:

  • good command of Dutch in order to liaise with the Institute and Faculty administration.
  • experience with research projects funded by the European Commission (Horizon 2020 collaborative projects and/or ERC);
  • familiarity with research on security, privacy, computer vision, data politics;
  • familiarity with EU institutions and policy processes;
  • familiarity with Dutch and European audio-visual sector (broadcasting, documentary film festivals, new media platforms);
  • additional IT skills (e.g. proficiency Adobe CC applications);
  • experience with film, video, data visualization and/or new media production;
  • experience with writing for social media and the web;
  • any other language other than English.

Our organisation
The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences comprises five institutes: Education and Child Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Cultural Anthropology & Development Sociology and the Centre for Science and Technology Studies. The Faculty is home to 5,000 students and 600 members of staff. Our teaching and research programmes cover diverse topics varying from adoption to political behaviour. For more information, see the website. 

The Institute of Political Science has a strong research tradition in various areas of comparative, Dutch and international politics, as well as political theory. The Institute has around 80 academic staff, including many non-Dutch scholars, and houses a number of editorships of international refereed journals and book series. Members of the institute are also involved in a number of the university’s multi-disciplinary research centres, including Central and East European Studies, International Relations, Political Parties and Representation, and Political Philosophy. The Institute is based in Leiden but a large and growing part of the teaching is done nearby in The Hague. 

Terms and conditions
The position preferably starts on 1 January 2021. We offer a half-time position for initially one year. After a positive evaluation of the progress of the thesis, personal capabilities and compatibility the appointment will be extended by a further three years. Salary range from € 2,579.- to € 3,445.- gross per month (pay scale 8, 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 %) and training and career development. 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. For more information, see the website.

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

If you wish to further inquire about the position, please make direct contact with Francesco Ragazzi, principal investigator and chair of the selection committee, email

Please submit online your application no later than 15 July 2020 via the blue button in our application system. Applicants should submit online:

  • an application letter in English that addresses each of the required qualifications described above, as well as additional qualifications and experience of relevance to the position (1-2 pages);
  • a CV in English;
  • a written sample in English (Master’s thesis or other substantial piece of writing);
  • provide the names of two people who may be contacted to provide a reference on behalf of the candidate. 

The applicants will hear about the result of the selection process by the end of August. Selected candidates will first be invited for an online pre-interview; some will be invited to Leiden for an in-person interview, depending on the health context. You are kindly requested to be available during this period. 

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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