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Postdoctoral fellow, Rethinking global raw material supply chains in a post COVID-19 world

Vacancy number
Function type
Academic staff
Hours (in fte)
External/ internal
Placed on
10 November 2020
Closing date
02 December 2020

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The Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Sustainability / Faculty of Science is looking for a

Postdoctoral fellow, Rethinking global raw material supply chains in a post COVID-19 world

Key responsibilities
We are looking for an outstanding postdoctoral fellow to support The Circular Industries Hub of the LDE Centre for Sustainability. Within the Circular Industries Hub we focus on the development of  resilient supply chains of both primary and secondary materials, circular product design and business models. We are looking for a postdoc that will focus on the question how the current COVID-19 pandemic will influence the thinking about interlinkages in global supply chains and how that will influence the industry in the Dutch Delta. Key tasks include:

  • Develop a scientific paper on the impacts of COVID-19 on globalization and interlinkages of supply chains and the possible impacts on the Industry in the Dutch Delta;
  • Interview local stakeholders in the Dutch Delta to get input on this paper;
  • Valorisation of the research outcomes to policy makers and society at large;
  • Support the Industry Hub in developing a long-term strategy for future research.

Selection criteria

  • You should have a PhD in a relevant field, and ideally have proven already to be productive in terms of scientific output. Relevant backgrounds include, but are not limited to, PhDs in industrial ecology, quantitative sustainability science, innovation studies, engineering and modelling;
  • Writing, visualization and programming skills (e.g. in Python) are an advantage;
  • Experience with the analysis of global supply chains is an advantage;
  • You must be proficient in spoken and written English, have excellent communication skills. If you speak Dutch this is an advantage but it is not crucial;
  • Previous teaching experience will also be valued;
  • Moreover, you are a team player, are able as well to work independently, take initiative, and have a strong interest and motivation to pursue academic research.

Our organisation
LDE Universities is a strategic alliance between Leiden University, Delft University of Technology and Erasmus University Rotterdam. The Centre for Sustainability is one of the LDE Universities centres, aiming to accelerate the transition towards a circular economy. Sustainability challenges of the future, such as climate and circular economy, require integrated solutions. New partnerships are needed within science, but also between science and practice. The three universities from South Holland have therefore decided to collaborate with each other and with important public, private and social partners in the region.

The position is assigned to the Faculty of Science of Leiden University. 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 contribute to addressing the major societal challenges of the future. For more information, see the website of the Faculty of Science.

Terms and conditions 
You will be appointed at the Institute of Environmental Sciences of Leiden University. We offer a full-time one year appointment with the possibility of renewal based on need, funding and performance. The salary range is from 2,790.- to 4,402.- (pay scale 10 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities) gross per month, based on a full-time appointment.

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 (30% ruling). 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.

Enquiries can be made to René Kleijn, email kleijn@cml.leidenuniv.nl.

To apply for this vacancy, please send an email to sollicitaties@cml.leidenuniv.nl. Please ensure that you upload the following additional documents quoting the vacancy number:

  • CV;
  • Motivation letter;
  • The names and phone numbers of two referees.

We will consider applications submitted no later than December  2nd, 2020. After that date we will consider applications on a rolling basis, should the position not yet be filled. Interviews will take place on December  7th , 2020 between 11 AM and 5 PM. You are kindly requested to be available on this date.


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