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Assistant Professor (UD) in the field of Earth System Science and Global Challenges

Vacancy number
22-642 12921
Job type
Academic staff
Hours (in fte)
External/ internal
Den Haag
Placed on
11 October 2022
Closing date
15 November 2022 Vacancy closed

Leiden University College (LUC) The Hague, part of the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs is looking for an

Assistant Professor (UD) in the field of Earth System Science and Global Challenges

LUC seeks to appoint an Assistant Professor to join the staff for teaching and research in the Earth, Energy, and Sustainability major as well as contribute to other majors within our international Liberal Arts & Sciences honours bachelor of science (BSc) programme centered around ‘Global Challenges’. Starting date: August 2023. 

The Assistant Professor should show clear affinity with the ‘Global Challenges’ focus of LUC’s programme. The Assistant Professor will be responsible for teaching bachelor (undergraduate) students and conducting research in Earth surface processes that is societally relevant to current global challenges and linked to achieving related targets of the Sustainable Development Goals. We are especially interested in candidates with a broad foundational background in Earth Sciences with core expertise in one or more of the following: soils and land degradation, coastal dynamics, mountain system dynamics (slope processes), natural hazards and/or climate change science. The core expertise of the ideal candidate will have clear linkages with human and/or biological systems. We have a strong preference for a field-oriented scholar, with the ability to develop hands-on courses based around field research and laboratory techniques. Expertise in GIS and modeling is a plus. In addition to teaching and research within your field of expertise, interest in engaging in interdisciplinary scholarship related to ecosystem and/or energy sciences, as well as more broadly across the college, is a distinct advantage. The appointment will also involve instruction in LUC's first-year program. For example, instruction in the interdisciplinary course ‘Global Challenge: Sustainability’, ‘Academic Writing’, Statistics, and/or quantitative methodology courses. Contribution to the Global Citizenship programme, which engages with local stakeholders, is also an option. 
Teaching experience is essential. Further, the ideal candidate will have an active research agenda that illustrates independent scholarship demonstrated in peer review publications. The ideal candidate will actively contribute to a dynamic college culture of bachelor student research. Concretely this includes integrating students in active research projects, integrating research into all levels of the curriculum, and advising students on Capstone research projects (senior honors theses). 
LUC is fully part of Leiden University and LUC staff is able to take full advantage of being part of this while also contributing actively to the energetic and stimulating atmosphere of our college community in The Hague. The location of Leiden University within the dynamic Randstad knowledge corridor provides opportunities for collaboration with expertise at several leading European universities, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations. LUC also values close connections with societal and governance partners and stakeholders, in particular in the city of The Hague, but also outside of the city. 

Key responsibilities 

  • Teach undergraduate students in an international and interdisciplinary programme at both introductory and advanced levels; 
  • Supervise bachelor research theses (Capstone);
  • Have an interest in making linkages with national, international, and non-governmental organizations within their respective field; 
  • Carry out research, publish, and work towards obtaining external research grants with an interest in involving bachelor students; 
  • Participate in and contribute to LUC’s service tasks such as recruitment and admissions, academic advice and/or membership of various councils or boards;
  • Participate in and contribute to the social and academic activities of LUC;
  • Connect to other institutes within Leiden University as relevant to the BSc Earth, Energy and Sustainability major.

Selection criteria 

  • A PhD degree in the Earth Sciences  (e.g., Geology, Oceanography, Meteorology) or in Geography, relevant to the theme of current global challenges; 
  • Demonstrated affinity with Liberal Arts & Sciences honors education at the university level;
  • Experience collaborating with colleagues skilled in other disciplines, within and beyond the natural sciences;
  • An ability and interest in teaching across subjects, including first year mathematics and/or statistics as well as general sustainability courses; 
  • A clear interest in innovative teaching methods and approaches, experience teaching in an international environment, outstanding teaching skills (evidenced by formal evaluations), and a genuine interest in providing academic guidance to bachelor’s students;
  • Very good research skills (evidenced by publications), an affinity for interdisciplinary work and a willingness to pursue external competitive grants;
  • Excellent social skills and ability to work constructively in an international/intercultural team; committed to contribute to an inclusive working and learning environment, through research, teaching and/or service;
  • Excellent command of English and willingness to learn the Dutch language within two years (if not yet fluent).

Our organisation
The Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs is  an internationally acclaimed academic knowledge hub that studies world-wide issues from the varied perspectives of governance, politics, law, sociology and economics. We contribute to far-reaching socio-cultural debate through our acquired knowledge. We aim to do this not only through education and research, but also by organizing lectures and debates to learn from. The faculty’s scientific research is organized around a number of centers and institutes in The Hague, city of peace and justice. Staff members conduct research in fields such as global politics, public administration, security, and urban issues. Complex issues are examined from an interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary perspective. For more information, see here.

Leiden University College The Hague (LUC The Hague) was founded in 2010 as the international honors college of Leiden University in The Netherlands for a select group of excellent and highly motivated students from around the world. The LUC academic staff consists of highly ambitious and international scholars recruited from top institutes across the globe, who combine excellent teaching skills with conducting innovative multidisciplinary research. LUC has been consistently ranked as a ‘Top Rated Programme’ seal from the Dutch University Guide (Keuzegids Universiteiten).

Terms and
The successful candidate will be part of an ambitious and dynamic team. Initially, the successful candidate will be appointed for one year, starting in August 2023. Depending upon funding and performance, the position can be extended to a permanent position. The salary will be in the usual range for an Assistant Professor; the level depends on previous experience, and normally ranges between € 3,974.- and € 5,439.- (scale 11 according to the terms of the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities), gross per month on the basis of 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. 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 requires teaching staff to obtain the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ). If the successful applicant does not already
  possess this qualification or its equivalent, he/ she must be willing to obtain this Qualification within two years.

Diversity and inclusion are core values of Leiden University. Leiden University is committed to becoming an inclusive community which enables all students and staff to feel valued and respected and to develop their full potential. Diversity in experiences and perspectives enriches our teaching and strengthens our research.

Enquiries can be made to Achim Häger (a.hager@luc.leidenuniv.nl) or Paul Hudson (p.f.hudson@luc.leidenuniv.nl).

Please submit online your application
 no later than November 15, 2022 via the blue button in our application system. Applicants should submit the following documents online: 

  • A letter of motivation and intention, outlining how you intend to contribute to the academic environment of LUC; 
  • Curriculum vitae including a detailed teaching CV (including evaluations), experience with supervision of (undergraduate/graduate/doctoral) students, international experience and list of publications; 
  • The names and contact details of three potential referees.

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