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Assistant professor in Environmental Biology

Vacancy number
Job type
Academic staff
Hours (in fte)
External/ internal
Placed on
16 June 2020
Closing date
16 July 2020 Vacancy closed

The Faculty of Science, Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML), Leiden University is looking for an

Assistant professor in Environmental Biology  

Project description
The Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) of Leiden University is a center of excellence for strategic and quantitative research and education on sustainable use and governance of natural resources and biodiversity. CML hosts a Minor in Sustainable Development and Master programmes in Industrial Ecology (with TU Delft) and Governance of Sustainability (with the Leiden Institute for Public Administration). Staff members of CML teaching these programmes provide students with the natural science perspective on wicked sustainability challenges, while keeping a close eye on and integrating societal perspectives. In view of the expanding student numbers in our educational programmes, continuous renewal and innovation of education, and staff moving to new positions, CML has vacancies for three assistant professors. 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 an Assistant professor in Industrial Ecology.

In the light of ongoing global environmental change, considerations of biodiversity and our natural resources have become increasingly important. By establishing quantitative assessments of and (optimal) scenario developments for biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and ecosystem services, we can support the development of effective governance solutions. The assistant professor will contribute to teaching and research programmes in these general areas.

Key responsibilities  

  • Develop courses and teach within CML’s educational programmes related to natural sciences concepts on e.g. biodiversity, ecosystem functioning, biogeography, ecotoxicology, natural capital, ecosystem services, environmental sustainability and the governance thereof. In addition, develop and teach course components related to academic, quantitative and/or transdisciplinary skills;
  • Supervise BSc and MSc students in their thesis work;
  • Establish an 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;
  • Proven quantitative skills in (spatial) data analysis, statistics and/or modelling;
  • Proficiency in English (writing and oral);
  • Interest in the decision-making context of abovementioned topics;
  • Good acquisition capabilities or a clear potential to develop them;
  • 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 120 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 up to six years (depending on qualifications), with a possibility of a tenured position depending on funding and performance. Salary ranges from 3.746,- to € 5.825,- 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 the vacancy  can be made to Peter van Bodegom, email p.m.van.bodegom@cml.leidenuniv.nl.  

To apply for this vacancy, please send an email quoting the vacancy number to Susanna van den Oever, email sollicitaties@cml.leidenuniv.nl. Please ensure that you upload your curriculum vitae and a letter of motivation. Only applications received no later than 16 July 2020 will be considered for an interview.

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