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Study Advisers

Vacancy number
21-569 10034
Job type
Non-academic staff
Hours (in fte)
External/ internal
Den Haag , Leiden
Placed on
9 November 2021
Closing date
24 November 2021 Vacancy closed

The Institute of Political Science of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences is looking to strengthen its team of study advisers. To assist with the bachelor and master programmes we offer in both Leiden and The Hague, the Institute is seeking from 1 January two experienced:  

Study Advisers (0.8 FTE)  
Vacancy number 21-569 10034

Key Responsibilities

  • Advising and assisting international and Dutch bachelor’s and master's students:
    • supplying information to students about the study programme curriculum, their study progress and academic career, and advising them on study-related questions;
    • assisting students who need extra support.
  • Actively contributing to providing information for prospective students and recruitment of bachelor's and master's students.
  • Analysing complaints and problems, within both the curriculum and the Course and Examination Regulations, and reporting on these to the Study Directors.
  • If necessary, consulting with – and possibly referring students to – the Student Career Service, student counsellors, student psychologists or other specialists.
  • Holding regular discussions with the team of study advisers, mentors, teaching staff, teaching coordinator, Internationalisation officer, exchange coordinator, Education Administration Office staff and members of the Board of Examiners.
  • Actively participating in the coordination of the Peer Mentorship Programme in the first year of the Bachelor’s programme.
  • Organising initiatives to enhance ‘community building’ among students.
  • Taking care of accurate (digital) file creation.
  • Organising plenary information sessions for students.
  • Providing workshops and coaching to students.

Selection criteria

  • A BSc/HBO-degree is a minimum requirement, while academic education to master’s (or Dutch doctoraal) level is preferred.
  • Demonstrable experience in advising and assisting students.
  • Good knowledge of legislation and regulations in the area of higher education, and experience with processes within an academic educational institution.
  • Demonstrable experience with social media and online communication.
  • A results-oriented, initiative-taking, proactive and flexible work attitude.
  • Respectful approach and persuasive skills, with the ability to take account of diversity and inclusiveness.
  • Good listening and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrable experience in coaching, offering workshops or training.
  • Excellent command of English and Dutch, spoken and written.
  • IT skills; knowledge of the Leiden University information systems (including uSis) and presentation in online platforms to large groups such as Zoom is preferred.
  • One of the positions is located in The Hague, the other one in Leiden, although we expect willingness to work on both locations if necessary.

Our organisation

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences conducts high-quality research and offers a broad and disciplinary educational programme, focused on increasing our understanding of current developments in society. The faculty consists of five institutes: Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Cultural Anthropology and Developmental Sociology, Education and Child Studies, Political Science and Psychology. The faculty has approximately 7,000 students and 850 staff members. For more information, please visit the website of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences.

The Institute

The Institute of Political Science of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences is a research and education institute with around 85 academic staff members and 1700 students. The Institute offers a range of taught programmes at the Bachelor and Master levels and also trains PhD students in political science. The BSc programmes include general Political Science (in Dutch & English, in Leiden), International Politics (in Dutch & English, in Leiden), and International Relations and Organisations (in English, in The Hague). The one-year MSc programme (taught mostly in English) includes five specialisations in Leiden and one in The Hague.

Terms and conditions

A challenging position in a dynamic team of colleagues. The appointment will take place in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities, initially for a period of 1 year. The salary range, depending on education and work experience, is from € 2,968 to € 4,474 gross per month, based on a full-time position (University Job Classification profile: Study Adviser, scale 9 or 10).
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.

Diversity and inclusion are cherished as core values at Leiden University. At the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences too we strive to create a diverse and inclusive learning and working environment, in which everyone – no matter who they are or what they do – can feel at home and develop their talents.


For more information about this position and what it involves, you are welcome to contact Ms I. van Heeringen, tel. 071 5273939, e-mail: heeringeniej@fsw.leidenuniv.nl. More information about Leiden University can be found at www.leidenuniv.nl.


Candidates are invited to send their application (in either Dutch or English) by 24 November 2021 via the blue button in our application system. The interviews will be held bilingually (in both Dutch and English) and take place in week 48 (29 November - 3 December).

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated

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