Vacancy number 20-215

Function type Academic staff

Hours (in fte) 0.8-1.0 (2 posities)

External/ internal External

Location Den Haag

Placed on 18 May 2020

Closing date 02 June 2020

Leiden University College The Hague (LUC) is looking to fill two vacancies at the level of

Assistant Professor (UD) in the field of Earth, Energy, Sustainability and Global Challenges 

Project description
LUC seeks to appoint two Assistant Professors to join the staff for teaching and research in the Earth, Energy, and Sustainability major within our international Liberal Arts & Sciences honours bachelor of science (BSc) programme centered around ‘Global Challenges.’ Starting date: August 1, 2020.

The Assistant Professors will be responsible for teaching undergraduate (bachelor) students and conducting research in fields of environmental science that are particularly relevant to current global challenges. Examples of these fields include environmental biology (e.g. environmental science, ecosystem services, conservation biology), energy systems (e.g. energy economics, energy modelling, energy policy) and natural resource management (industrial ecology, environmental geography), geology, geographic information systems but also other relevant areas of study. This appointment will also involve teaching in the compulsory interdisciplinary first-year course ‘Global Challenge: Sustainability’ and/or in our methodology courses (including statistics, mathematical modelling, geographic information systems).

The Assistant Professors should show clear affinity with the ‘Global Challenges’ focus of LUC’s programme.  In addition to the core international academic staff based at LUC, leading scholars from the other faculties of Leiden University participate in the teaching of the programme. LUC staff is able to take full advantage of being part of Leiden University while also contributing actively to the energetic and stimulating atmosphere of our college community in The Hague. This means that the Assistant Professor will also be expected to promote links and synergies between LUC and other institutes within the University relevant to the Earth, Energy, and Sustainability major. 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 in an international and interdisciplinary programme at both introductory and advanced levels;
  • Connect to other institutes within Leiden University, regarding both teaching and research, as relevant to the BSc Earth, Energy and Sustainability major;
  • Have an interest in making linkages with national, international, and non-governmental organizations within their respective field;
  • Carry out research, publish, and work towards obtaining external research grants with an interest in involving bachelor students;
  • Participate in and contribute to LUC’s recruitment and admission activities;
  • Participate in and contribute to the social and academic activities of LUC;
  • Serve as an academic advisor to a group of students;
  • Supervise bachelor research theses (Capstone).

Selection criteria

  • A PhD degree in an environmental science-oriented field relevant to the theme of current global challenges;
  • An ability and interest in teaching across subjects, including first year mathematics and/or statistics as well as general sustainability courses;
  • An affinity with interdisciplinary work and methodological issues in the natural sciences;
  • Excellent command of English and a willingness to learn the Dutch language (if not yet mastered);
  • Demonstrated experience or affinity with the concept of Liberal Arts & Sciences education at university level;
  • Demonstrated experience with and vision for teaching in an international environment;
  • Outstanding teaching skills, evidenced by formal evaluations, and a clear interest in innovative teaching methods and approaches;
  • Genuine interest in students and providing academic guidance;
  • Very good research skills, evidenced by publication record, and a willingness to pursue external competitive grants;
  • Ability to work constructively in an international and intercultural team setting.

Our organisation
The Faculty of governance and Global Affairs is one of the seven faculties of Leiden University. Firmly rooted in the academic tradition, our students and researchers work together with national and international partners on new insights and solutions to current issues at the crossroads of politics, public administration and law.

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

Terms and conditions
The successful candidates will be part of an ambitious and dynamic team. They will be appointed for one year with the option to continue for a second year depending on performance and finances. The salary will be in the usual range for an Assistant Professor; the level depends on previous experience, and normally ranges between € 3,475.- and € 5,405.- (scale 11/12 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 information can be found at the website.

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.

For further inquiries, please contact Paul Behrens, email

Please submit online your application no later than 2 June 2020 via the blue button in our application system. Applicants should submit the following documents online:

  • a letter of motivation and intention, outlining how you intend to contribute to the academic environment of LUC;
  • curriculum vitae including a detailed teaching CV (including evaluations), experience with supervision of (undergraduate/graduate/doctoral) students, international experience and list of publications;
  • the names and contact details of three potential referees.