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Assistant Professor (UD) in the field of "Environment and Society"

22-025 10552
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18 januari 2022
8 februari 2022 Vacature gesloten

Leiden University College The Hague (LUC), which is part of the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs, is looking to hire an Assistant Professor (UD) in the field of "Environment and Society" with an orientation towards sustainability.

Assistant Professor (UD) in the field of "Environment and Society"
 (0,8 - 1,0 fte FTE)
Vacancy number 22-025 10552 

The Assistant Professor should contribute to the Earth, Energy, and Sustainability major as well as contribute to other majors within our international Liberal Arts & Sciences honours bachelor focused on Global Challenges. All teaching at LUC is in English. 

The Assistant Professor should show clear affinity with the Global Challenges focus of LUC’s programme. We have a preference for a scholar who conducts empirically-oriented field research with expertise in qualitative research methods. The “Environment and Society” profile of the ideal candidate will include an additional focus within one or more of the following fields: energy and the environment, health and population, ecotourism, urban planning, natural resource management, human impacts to the environment, and/or climate change adaption and mitigation. The core expertise of the ideal candidate will have clear linkages with human and/or natural systems.

In addition to teaching and research within your field of expertise, interest in engaging in interdisciplinary scholarship more broadly across the college is a distinct advantage. 

Teaching experience is essential. Further, the ideal candidate will have an active research agenda that illustrates independent scholarship demonstrated in peer-reviewed 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 undergraduate students on Capstone research (senior honours theses).

As part of Leiden University, LUC staff are able to take full advantage of being part of a large university setting and resources 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 knowledge corridor in the Western region of the Netherlands 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 across all levels within the "Earth, Energy, and Sustainability" major, potentially within other majors, as well as in the college's first-year program;
  • Teach a course in qualitative research methods
  • Supervise honours theses (Capstone),
  • Carry out research, publish, and work towards obtaining external research grants with an interest in involving bachelor students;
  • Have an interest in making linkages with national, international, and non-governmental organizations within their respective field;
  • 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 extra-curricular academic activities of LUC;
  • Connect to institutes within Leiden University as relevant to the BSc "Earth, Energy and Sustainability" major.

Selection criteria

  • A PhD degree in a relevant field, such as Geography, Planning, Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management, Economics, or other as relevant to the position;
  • A clear interest in innovative teaching methods and approaches, experience with 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 funding;
  • Affinity for Liberal Arts & Sciences honours education at the university level;
  • Ability to teach a course in qualitative research methods that includes skills such as interviews, focus groups, and/or survey design (e.g., mixed methods);
  • Experience collaborating with colleagues skilled in other disciplines, within and beyond their core focus areas;
  • An ability and interest in teaching across subjects and fields, including general sustainability courses;
  • Excellent social skills and ability to work constructively in an international/intercultural team; commitment to contribute to an inclusive working and learning environment, through research, teaching and service;
  • Excellent command of English.

Our organization

The Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs offers academic education in the field of Public Administration, Safety and Security, and International Relations, as well as in-depth post-academic programmes for professionals. In addition, the Faculty is also home to Leiden University College. For more information, see https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/governance-and-global-affairs.


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

Terms and conditions

The successful candidate will be part of an ambitious and dynamic team. You will initially be appointed for one year. Depending upon performance and finances 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 € 3,807.- and € 5,211.- (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. More at https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/working-at/job-application-procedure-and-employment-conditions.

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
Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups, and female applicants in particular are strongly encouraged to apply.

Enquiries can be made to dr. Paul Hudson,


Please submit online your application no later than 8 February 2022 via the blue button in our application system. Applicants should submit the following documents online:

  • A letter of motivation outlining how you intend to contribute to the LUC academic environment of LUC, as well as your teaching and/or educational philosophy;
  • Curriculum vitae including a detailed teaching CV that identifies your specific teaching experiences (including evaluations), experience with supervision of (undergraduate/graduate/doctoral) students, international experience, and a full list of publications and grants;
  • The names and contact details of three potential referees. 

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