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Assistant professor on Biodiversity assessment in times of global change

Project descriptionThe Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) of Leiden University aspires to be the center of excellence for strategic and quantitative …

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Einsteinweg, Leiden, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur
€ 3545 - € 5513 per maand


Project description
The Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) of Leiden University aspires to be the center of excellence for strategic and quantitative research and education on sustainable use and governance of natural resources and biodiversity. Amongst others, CML wil start a new MSc programme Governance of Sustainability by September 2019 aiming to educate future change agents to improve the quality of governance solutions to major sustainability issues. Courses will be co-taught with colleagues from the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs. Staff members of CML teaching in this and other BSc and MSc programmes provide students with the natural science perspective on wicked sustainability challenges, while keeping a close eye on and integrating societal perspectives. In line with the vision of Leiden University of a strong link between research and teaching, we strive to a balance between these activities although at the start of the appointment more emphasis will be on teaching. Besides this position, CML is also looking for:

  • Assistant professor on Aquatic ecosystem management
  • Assistant professor on Industrial Ecology

Key responsibilities
In the light of ongoing global environmental change, the sustainable management and use of biodiversity and our natural resources has become increasingly important. By fully understanding the biophysical mechanisms and social-ecological complexity involved, we can support the development of effective governance solutions. At the basis this implies establishing quantitative assessments of and (optimal) scenario developments for biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and ecosystem services.

  • Develop courses and teach within the new MSc Governance of Sustainability programme the knowledge related to natural sciences concepts on e.g. biodiversity, ecosystem functioning, biogeography, natural capital, and ecosystem services. In addition, skills for quantitative analysis, including data science, spatial analysis and data assimilation will be taught and developed;
  • Supervise (BSc and) MSc students in their thesis work;
  • Establish your own research line within the topics mentioned above – complementary but connected to ongoing research lines within the department of Environmental Biology of CML, leading to successful acquisition of research grants and publications in leading scientific journals.


  • Strong communication and teaching skills;
  • Interest in teaching within a transdisciplinary context;
  • (willingness to attain within two years) A University Teaching Qualification (UTQ; BKO in Dutch);
  • A doctorate in environmental sciences, biology or related field;
  • Quantitative skills in (spatial) data analysis (and modelling);
  • Proficiency in English (writing and oral);
  • A proven interest in the decision-making context of abovementioned topics;
  • Proven acquisition capabilities;
  • Strong publication record corresponding to the period after obtaining a PhD degree.


We offer a fixed-term position up to six years (depending on qualifications), with a possibility of a tenured position depending on funding and performance. Salary range from €3,545 to €5,513 gross per month (pay scale 11 or 12 in accordance with the Collective Labour 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. 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 is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Additional information

Enquiries for the vacancy can be made to Professor Peter van Bodegom, email p.m.van.bodegom@cml.leidenuniv.nl, telephone +31 71 527 7486.

To apply for this vacancy, please send no later than 1 March 2019 an email quoting the vacancy number to Susanna van den Oever at sollicitaties@cml.leidenuniv.nl.Please ensure that you upload your CV and a letter of motivation.
The vacancy will remain open till it has been filled.