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Project & Communications Manager

Vacancy number
Job type
Non-academic staff
Hours (in fte)
External/ internal
Placed on
11 January 2022
Closing date
15 January 2022 Vacancy closed

Leiden Observatory invites applicants for the position of

Project & Communications Manager – Citizen Science Lab, Leiden University (0.8-1 FTE / 1 year)

Vacancy number 22-009


Do you have an affinity for Science Communications and share our passion for engaging people of all ages with science, and doing science together? Are you a natural organiser who likes being at the heart of the action, collaborating with a wide range of colleagues and partners to bring an exciting project to fruition? Are you comfortable with a wide range of communication mediums, and a Dutch native-level speaker? Are you proactive, and eager to build up a strong network of contacts amongst researchers, research institutes and Museums? Are you interested in the potential of Citizen Science to strengthen the connection between Science and Society?

Then this might be the job for you!

The Citizen Science Lab at Leiden University is one of the partners of the European City of Science - Leiden 2022, when the city of Leiden will become the hotspot for science in Europe. We are helping to deliver an exciting ‘Participate’ programme of events during the 365-day Festival of Science throughout the city and the surrounding neighbourhoods - and you could become a key member of this team!

The Citizen Science Lab is also a partner of the National Programme Open Science (NPOS), co-leading the establishment of the national network for Citizen Science practitioners in the Netherlands. The primary aim of the network will be to share know-how and expertise for participatory research initiated by both citizen scientists and professional researchers, and to support Citizen Science (CS) methods as part of ‘mainstream’ research - and you can help us to build up this community of practice!

Key Responsibilities

Based within the CS Lab team, your main duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Establishing and maintaining project communications with the partners of the European City of Science - Leiden 2022.
  • Serving as as the ‘Postbode’ for all of the questions submitted by curious residents and visitors during the 2022 Festival of Science
  • Moderating, sorting and filtering the incoming questions by topic and:
    • assigning them with moments to be answered at events, lectures, and ‘Radio Weetlust’ programming,
    • answering them with existing content from science content partners such as Museums and Media, or
    • co-producing new content with research colleagues in answer to the questions.
  • Making all Postbus 071 Q&A publicly available via a dedicated webpage and social media channels.
  • Liaising closely with Leiden 2022 colleagues within each Faculty of the University, and with the editorial and events teams of Stichting European City of Science.
  • Supporting the CS Lab partnerships with existing Citizen Science projects for the themes of the ‘Kennis door de Wijken’ programme of Leiden 2022.
  • Liaising closely with the NPOS CS Programme Leader and Community Manager to support the establishment of the CS network.
  • Managing and developing content for a range of internal and project social media channels,
  • Collating and sending the monthly CS Lab and NPOS CS Programme newsletters,
  • Organising regular Webinars and other community-of-practice events
  • Supporting the wNPOS Citizen Science Network Community Manager in setting up the Network.

What are we looking for?

The successful candidate should have:


  • A University MSc/MA degree  in science, science communication, communication or another related study
  • Experience in public engagement and science communication
  • Experience of working with a range of social media and online collaboration tools
  • Complete fluency in English and Dutch
  • Proven skills in written, visual and verbal communications
  • Proven organisational skills and experience in project managemen

Additional desirable competencies and qualifications include:

  • Interest in or experience working with younger age groups
  • Interest in or experience with science communication in an educational context
  • Interest in or experience with citizen science

To find out more about these roles, see the Citizen Science Lab website (https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/citizensciencelab), the European City of Science - Leiden 2022 website (https://leiden2022.nl/), and the National Programme Open Science - Citizen Science Programme website (https://www.openscience.nl/en/programme-citizen-science).

Our organisation

Leiden Observatory, the astronomy department of Leiden University, is leading or involved in several important European and global educational programmes in astronomy at the elementary or secondary school level.  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. 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 organized 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.

Terms and conditions

The appointment will be under the terms of the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) of Dutch Universities. You will be offered a temporary appointment for 12 months. The salary varies, depending on qualifications and experience, from € 2.920to € 4.012 - gross per month based on full-time employment (scale 9 for Project Leader 2).


Leiden University offers an attractive package of employment conditions with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonus (8.3%), and training and career development.. Our terms of employment selection model gives you some freedom to compose your own set of terms and conditions. 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.


For general information about the content of this position, please contact Dr. Pedro Russo (russo@strw.leidenuniv.nl)


Please submit your application no later than 15 February 2022 via email: russo@strw.leidenuniv.nl. Until this date applications can be addressed to Dr. Pedro Russo. Please ensure that you attached a motivation letter and a CV in PDF format.

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