LEaDing Fellows Postdoc International Programme 2019, Netherlands

Leiden University


December 31, 2018

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The Faculties of Archeology, Law, Science, and Social and Behavioural Sciences at Leiden University have several openings for researchers within the Leading Fellows Postdoc programme.

Description LEaDing Fellows Postdoc programme

The ‘LEaDing Fellows Postdoc Programme’ will provide 90 researchers from all over the world who recently obtained a PhD, with the opportunity to gain two years of work experience in the challenging, internationally acclaimed and multidisciplinary environment offered by Leiden University, Leiden University Medical Center, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus Medical Center and Delft University of Technology. 
LEaDing Fellows' is a Marie Curie COFUND programme and will run from February 2017 till February 2022. The aim is to provide opportunities for international, intersectoral and interdisciplinary research training, as well as transnational and cross-sectoral mobility, by offering open recruitment and attractive working conditions.

Key Responsibilities PostDoc Researcher

The Faculties of Archeology, Law, Science, and Social and Behavioural Sciences at Leiden University are inviting postdoctoral researchers from all over the world with an interest to gain two years of work experience in the challenging, internationally acclaimed and multidisciplinary environment at Leiden University to read further. The aim of the LEaDing Fellow Programme is to help early stage ambitious and excellent researchers develop new research skills, transferable skills and a view on career options in an academic research, industrial or public setting, thus increasing their employability.

Selection Criteria:
• quality of the research proposal, 
• quality of the individual training plan, 
• quality of applicant’s track record.

Where can I get more information?

  • Information about the Leading Fellow programme can be found at www.leadingfellows.eu;
  • Information about Leiden University can be found at http://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en;
  • Enquiries about the general selection procedure can be made to the programme office in Delft (see www.leadingfellows.eu/contact/);
  • If you have any enqueries about specific research opportunities at one of the Leiden University faculties, please contact the policy advisors at that faculty:
    • Archeology: Mrs. Roswitha Manning , policy advisor, leading@arch.leidenuniv.nl  
    • Law: Mrs. Mirjam Sombroek, m.p.sombroek@law.leidenuniv.nl   
    • Science: Mr. Ron van Veen, policy advisor, Leading@science.leidenuniv.nl  
    • Social Science, Mrs. Hester Bergsma, policy advisor, h.w.bergsma@fsw.leidenuniv.nl 
    • African Sudies Centre Leiden, Dr. André Leliveld, senior researcher ASCL and LDE Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa, a.h.m.leliveld@asc.leidenuniv.nl 
    • ICLON, Mrs. Jossi Gijzen, policy officer, jgijzen@iclon.leidenuniv.nl  
  • If you have other, general questions about the Leiden University and the Leading Fellow Programme, please contact Dr. Nick den Hollander, Senior Policy Officer Research, n.g.den.hollander@bb.leidenuniv.nl.
  • More vacancies and jobs of Leiden University at https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/vacancies.


Here follows a description of the participating faculties and institutes.

Faculty of Archeology

The Faculty of Archaeology is an international faculty in the multidisciplinary world of Archaeology and is home to 500 students. The Faculty is remarkable for its global diversity and the strong connection it fosters between teaching and research. It ranks as the best on continental Europe and is in the top ten of the world. The Faculty hosts a successful, multi-disciplinary team of researchers active over the entire globe. It is here that researchers from all areas of the field work to determine the future of archaeological research: the future of the past begins in Leiden.
Field of research: Archaeological heritage Management, Archaeological Sciences, World Archaeology . 

Leiden Law School

The faculty is renowned for its research and teaching which covers the full breadth of law and goes far beyond the national boundaries. With its international focus and roots going far back in the Dutch legal order, the faculty has helped to train many generations of legal professionals for key positions within a society governed by the rule of law. With over 5,000 students and 450 members of staff, the Faculty of Law is one of the largest faculties in the Netherlands. Yet, in all its diversity, it is still known for its ability to provide education on a small scale. The Faculty focuses on multi-faceted high-level teaching and research, both nationally and internationally. It does so by working with talented people and stimulating and supporting them in their professional and personal ambitions.
Field of research: The research of the faculty is not restricted to just one core issue, but aims at excellent cutting-edge research across the full breadth of law: Private law, Public Law, Criminal Law and Criminology, Interdisciplinary study of law, Tax law and economics. 

Faculty of Science

Explore the unknown in order to be able to innovate in the distant future. Faculty of Science is located at the heart of the Bio Science Park, one of Europe's top rated science parks. Our Faculty’s expertise spans the entire spectrum of science, ranging from Mathematics and Statistical science, Computer science and Data science, Astronomy, Physics, Chemistry and Pharmaceutical science to Biology and Environmental sciences. We are committed to provide meaningful, rigorous and quality academic experiences in an personalized environment with a cutting edge research infrastructure. Students can expand their academic horizons while deepening their expertise and knowledge in an array of disciplines. Our faculty members are inspired by a fascination with the unknown and the urge to enlarge our fundamental knowledge. At the same time they want to contribute to solutions for the big societal issues of tomorrow.
Field of research: research programmes span the entire spectrum of science ranging from Mathematics, Computer Science, Astronomy, Physics, Chemistry, Drugs resarch, Biology and Environmental Science. 

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

A centre of outstanding and internationally competitive research in the social and behavioural sciences. The shared essence of the Faculty’s teaching and research is that it is not pursued at some remove from society, but is instead closely and inextricably connected with it, precisely through the questions and subjects addressed. 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.

Field of research: it brings together high-quality research and outstanding teaching in the disciplines of cultural anthropology and development sociology, education and child studies, political science, psychology, science and technology studies, as well as in multidisciplinary approaches. 

ICLON – Leiden University Graduate School of Teaching

ICLON, Leiden University Graduate School of Teaching, is a unit between faculties within Leiden University. It has a Governing Council in which the faculties of the University participate. There are approximately 100 employees who work in 2 Departments (Department of Secondary Education and the Department of Higher Education) and an Administrative Unit. ICLON, Leiden University Graduate School of Teaching, does scientific research and provides undergraduate and postgraduate teacher education and in-service teacher training, together with services pertaining to educational design and innovation, staff development and organizational development. These services are organized on behalf of Leiden University, colleges of higher professional education and secondary schools. 
Field of research: the current ICLON research program encompasses two related research themes: teaching and teacher learning. 

Other participating partners in LEaDing Fellows in Leiden: LUMC/Medicine

What we offer

Great research opportunites for postdoctoral fellows at the participating faculties of Leiden University. They are highlighted under the section: Research at Leiden University and at our faculties.

Your individual training plan consists of a choice of research skills and transferable/personal skills, intended inter-university cooperation (specifically internship at one of the partners), and cooperation and exposure to extra-university sectors (such as visits to or internships at public or industrial collaborators). A selection of the skills training opportunities available for Marie-Curie fellow at Leiden or the other programme partners is provided at the Leading Fellow programme website (www.leadingfellows.eu).

Inter-university partnerships of the Leiden University, Leiden Delft Erasmus Centres: Eight multidisciplinary centres have been inaugurated by the three universities in Leiden, Rotterdam and Delft. Applications for LEaDing Fellow positions in these fields will benefit from this current research cooperation. 

Examples of Industry and public partnerships of the Leiden University: 

  1. Leiden Bioscience Park: the largest life science cluster in the Netherlands. In Leiden Bio Science Park about 93 companies together with research institutes, Leiden University and the LUMC are dedicated to the development of innovative drugs, vaccines, diagnostics, and platform technologies, 
  2. Leiden Global: Our world is here, there, and everywhere. If you want to go places – read, connect, visit, dig deeper – where do you start? Through LeidenGlobal, academic and cultural institutions connect with local communities, media, government, business, and NGOs. LeidenGlobal is a meeting place built for people interested in places around the world, and the dynamics between them, their histories, and their cultures. 

Terms and conditions (at Leiden University). We offer a full-time, two year term position, with the possibility of renewal based on need, funding and performance. Salary range from € 3,675.- to € 4,654.- gross per month (pay scale 10 or 11 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Excellent benefits 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. More about terms of employment.

How can I apply?

To apply for this vacancy within this programme, please follow the instructions on the general Leading Fellows Programme website www.leadingfellows.eu/apply/.

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

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Publish Date
August 13, 2018
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