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Researcher in Quantitative Science Studies

The Centre for Science and Technology Studies of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences of Leiden University wishes to announce a vacancy for the following position Researcher in Quantitative Science Studies (1.0 FTE).

10 maanden geleden


Begijnhof, Leiden, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur
€ 3475 - € 4757 per maand


The Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS, Leiden University) has a vacancy for a researcher in quantitative science studies, also known as scientometrics or science of science. The researcher will spend 50% of the appointment on basic research in the field of quantitative science studies. This research should fit within the research program of the Quantitative Science Studies (QSS) research group at CWTS. The other 50% of the appointment will be devoted to applied research projects (e.g., H2020), contract research projects for CWTS BV, and possibly also teaching activities and contributions to the data infrastructure of CWTS.

The researcher will become a member of the QSS research group led by Dr. Ludo Waltman. The researcher is expected to have a strong quantitative background, with proven skills in computer science, network science, data science, or other relevant quantitative fields. In addition, the researcher needs to have experience in the use of quantitative research methods to study social science problems. Prior experience in the field of quantitative science studies is considered an asset, but not a requirement. Finally, the researcher is expected to have a collaborative and proactive attitude. Many projects at CWTS are carried out in collaborative teams in which researchers with diverse backgrounds jointly contribute to the mission of the center. In preparation for their application, candidates are encouraged to carefully read the research program of CWTS (www.cwts.nl/research/cwts-research-program-2017-2022).


  • PhD degree in scientometrics, science of science, computer science, network science, data science, computational social science, or another relevant field;
  • Strong quantitative research skills, as demonstrated by scientific publications and other relevant scientific outputs;
  • A genuine interest in social science problems, in particular science studies problems;
  • The ability to independently carry out innovative high-quality research;
  • Programming (e.g., MATLAB, R, Python, or Java) and database (SQL) skills (both at least at a basic level, but preferably more advanced), and experience in working with large data sets;
  • Prior experience with scientometric data sources and scientometric analyses (this is desirable, but not a strict requirement);
  • Open-minded and collaborative attitude, and a willingness to work together in interdisciplinary teams (e.g., in mixed methods projects that also involve qualitative researchers);
  • Excellent writing skills in English.


We offer a three year term position, with the possibility of renewal based on need, funding and performance. Salary range from €3,475 to €4,757 gross per month (pay scale 11, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). The Starting date is preferably between 1 May 2018 and 1 September 2018.

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

Additional information

Information about this vacancy can be obtained by email from Dr. Ludo Waltman via waltmanlr@cwts.leidenuniv.nl.

Please submit online your application no later than 16 march 2018 via the blue button of our application system. Applicants should submit online a letter of interest accompanied by a CV and the names of two references.
Promising candidates will be invited for an interview. In preparation for this interview, candidates will be asked to write a brief statement outlining the contributions they expect to make to the QSS research program and to CWTS more generally.

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 QSS research group studies science from a quantitative perspective, using methods ranging from mathematical analysis and computer simulation to statistical analysis, network analysis, text mining, and visualization. The focus of the group is on problems in the areas of research evaluation and research management. In addition to making innovative high-quality scientific contributions, the QSS group also aims to make practical contributions by improving the way scientometrics is used in research evaluation and research management.

CWTS is a globally leading research center in the field of science studies. It has a 30-year history in bibliometric and scientometric research. The center offers a highly stimulating research environment. It brings together quantitative and qualitative approaches to the study of science. Moreover, thanks to the many applied scientometric projects carried out by CWTS, the center has close connections with research administrators and science policy makers, resulting in a strong interaction between basic and applied work in the field of science studies. CWTS has a rich data infrastructure, with full access to data from Web of Science, Scopus, PubMed, Crossref, PATSTAT, Mendeley, Altmetric, ScienceDirect, and many other scientometric data sources. Additional information about CWTS can be found on www.cwts.nl.

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.