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Professor of Quantitative Science Studies

The Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) at Leiden University is looking for a Professor of Quantitative Science Studies (1.0 FTE).

10 maanden geleden


Begijnhof, Leiden, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur
€ 5334 - € 7766 per maand


The chair in Quantitative Science Studies will lead the QSS research group at CWTS. Bibliometric and scientometric research at CWTS is organized in the Quantitative Science Studies (QSS) research group, one of the three research groups of the center. Research in the QSS group covers a broad range of areas within the field of bibliometrics and scientometrics, from the study of scientometric data sources and scientometric indicators to the development of bibliometric network analysis techniques and bibliometric visualization tools. The QSS group also develops quantitative models of the science system. The chair will be responsible for ensuring the high quality of the research carried out by the group, for stimulating innovative research ideas, for developing the long-term strategy of the group, and for supervising PhD students and junior researchers. The chair will also organize and participate in professional courses in quantitative science studies and bibliometrics. The chair in Quantitative Science Studies will promote the responsible use of scientometrics in research evaluation and research management.


  • Extensive international experience in the field of quantitative science studies, in particular in scientometric research;
  • A proven track record to lead a research group with stimulating innovative research ideas and a vision to develop a long-term research strategy;
  • Good understanding of relevant developments in the fields of computer science, network science, mathematics, and statistics is required;
  • A deep insight into the use of scientometrics in research evaluation, research management, and science policy, including a clear perspective on the benefits and problems of the use of scientometrics in this context;
  • Given the interdisciplinary nature of CWTS, we are especially interested in candidates who are able to cross disciplinary boundaries, in particular between different quantitative research fields and between these fields and social science research in the areas of research evaluation, research management, and science policy;
  • The ability to translate scientific results into practical recommendations for improving research evaluation, research management, and science policy is especially important due to the societal responsibility of CWTS.


CWTS offers a first rate internationally renowned research infrastructure, an innovative interdisciplinary intellectual climate and a stimulating and welcoming work environment. The University offers a competitive salary from €5,334 to €7,766 gross per month (pay scale H2, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities ) commensurate with qualifications and experience. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. The University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to equality of opportunity and a diverse workforce.

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses(8.3 %), training and career development. 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. 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.

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Additional information

Enquiries can be made to Prof. Paul Wouters, Director CWTS, email p.f.wouters@cwts.leidenuniv.nl.

More vacancies and information via https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/vacancies.

Please submit online your application no later than 1 February 2018 via the blue button of our application system.
Candidates should submit a CV, a clearly focused research vision (max. 2 pages), a statement of teaching interests, and the names and addresses (incl. telephone and email) of three potential referees by email (preferably as a single PDF file). Reprints/copies of the 5 most significant publications and additional information may be requested at a later stage.
The effective date of employment is negotiable, but should preferably not be later than 1 September 2018.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.


Leiden is a typical university city, hosting the oldest university in the Netherlands (1575). The University permeates the local surroundings; University premises are scattered throughout the city, and the students who live and study in Leiden give the city its relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere.

Leiden University is one of Europe's foremost research universities. This prominent position gives our graduates a leading edge in applying for academic posts and for functions outside academia. More at https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/working-at.

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences comprises four institutes: Education and Child Studies, Political Science, Psychology and Cultural Anthropology & Development Sociology. The Faculty also includes the Centre for Science and Technology Studies. The Faculty is home to 5,000 students and 600 members of staff. Our teaching and research programmes cover diverse topics varying from adoption to political behaviour.

The Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) at Leiden University is a research institute in the field of science, technology, and innovation studies. It has a history of almost 30 years in this field. Bibliometrics and scientometrics, with a focus on applications in research evaluation and research management, is a core research area of CWTS. The center is a globally leading institute in this area. More information www.cwts.nl.