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Tenure Track position in development of biologics

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30 november 2021
14 januari 2022 Vacature gesloten

The Faculty of Science and the Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research (LACDR) are looking for a:

Tenure Track position in development of biologics (fulltime)

Vacancy number: 21-616

Inflammatory diseases form nowadays a large focus point for the development of drugs based on both biologics and small molecules. The division of BioTherapeutics within the faculty of Science focusses on the discovery and development of biologics in the field of inflammatory diseases. Biologics have successfully been developed to treat a variety of life-threatening and chronic diseases, and currently form the most rapidly growing class of drugs. Biologics comprise monoclonal antibody-based medicines, recombinant human proteins, vaccines, gene therapy products, CAR T-cells, cell-based products and tissue engineered products. We aim to expand our research on (delivery systems for) vaccines and immunomodulatory biologics, with a focus on the treatment of auto-inflammatory diseases.

To that end, we aim to establish tenure track position that focusses on the design and application of innovative biologics that act cell- and disease-specific.

Key responsibilities

  • Develop novel therapies based on biologics
  • Establish the effectiveness of the novel biologics using state-of-the-art in vivo and in vitro models of inflammatory disease
  • Make a substantial contribution to acquiring external funds.
  • Teach at different levels of the Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences curriculum and actively contribute to innovative teaching and to the translation of the research into teaching.

Selection Criteria

  • Excellent research skills, as is evident from, for example, publications in renowned international journals and active participation in international academic and professional networks;
  • A doctorate in a relevant discipline;
  • Demonstrable success in external fundraising as primary or co-applicant;
  • Team player with a focus on (interdisciplinary) collaboration;
  • Excellent teaching abilities, enthusiasm and drive. Vision on teaching, teaching methods and curriculum development.


Research at our faculty

The Faculty of Science at Leiden University 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 committed to expand fundamental knowledge by curiosity 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 organized in eight institutes. These institutes offer eight bachelors’ and twelve master’s programs. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 2,300 staff and over 5,000 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.

For more information, see here and here

Diversity and inclusion

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups. LACDR is a highly diverse institute, in culture, background, and gender. We stand for excellence in a caring Institute. We wish to reflect society in all aspects, as we believe that this improves the dynamics in our organization. Therefore, we support and understand the need for a work/life/family balance and consequent varying working hours and places. We believe that doing good science is fun, and goes hand in hand with a friendly culture. In the Netherlands, a maternity allowance is standard for 16 weeks. Child care is available at and near the Bio Science Park.

Tenure Track

Our Tenure track is expected to lead to a tenured position as associate professor and grow into the role of a full professor. With our Tenure track we offer you a clear and inviting career path to support you in the development of your personal and professional talents. It has a strong focus on coaching and training. A special mentor program is offered with fellow Tenure Trackers in a peer group, in order to develop your academic leadership skills. 

You can read more about our Tenure Track: https://www.staff.universiteitleiden.nl/human-resources/hr-policy-and-code-of-conduct/hr-policy/career-policy-academic-staff/science/fnw-board-office?cf=science&cd=fnw-board-office#tab-2

Terms and conditions 

The track consists of a temporary appointment for a period of six years with the possibility of fixed-term based on good performance.  For an assistant professor  the salary ranges from 3.807,-  to € 5.922,-  gross per month (pay scale 11 and 12 in accordance with the Collective Labor 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 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, There’s a language proficiency of minimum level Cl required  for staff who will teach in English.


Enquiries can be made to Prof. dr. Johan Kuiper; j.kuiper@lacdr.leidenuniv.nl  (Head of the division of BioTherapeutics, LACDR).


To apply for this vacancy, please send an email to Cathy v.d. Ploeg  c.c.m.van.der.ploeg@lacdr.leidenuniv.nl.  Please ensure that you upload the following additional documents quoting the vacancy number:

  • Motivation letter
  • Curriculum Vitae and list of publications

Only applications received before January 15th 2022 can be considere

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