Junior lecturers

Junior lecturers

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30 Jun 20 Jul Leiden

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The Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML), Faculty of Science, is looking for fourJunior lecturers

Job description

The Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML), Faculty of Science, is looking for two  Junior lectorers to assist in its interdisciplinary education programmes, including the Master programmes Industrial Ecology (IE) and Governance of Sustainability (GoS), and the Minor Sustainable Development.

Are you an interdisciplinary thinker with a MSc or PhD degree in Industrial Ecology, Sustainability, Environmental Sciences or a related field? Do you enjoy connecting the dots between the insights from different fields, but are also aware of the challenges that come with combining disciplines? Are you interested in education and do you want to improve your didactic skills? And do you enjoy coaching students? If so, our junior lecturer positions might be for you!

Key responsibilities
Per quarter, you will help teach one or more of our courses to multidisciplinary groups of students. Besides helping out the course coordinators with regular teaching tasks (including moderating (online) workgroups, assessing and providing feedback on assessments), you will also mentor the students as they develop personally and professionally during the first year of their Master’s. You will have the opportunity to follow courses to further build your educational skills and experience. 

The following links provide information about the different courses offered:

You are expected to:

  • Help teach in several courses in the MSc IE, GoS and/or Minor programmes , in close collaboration with your fellow junior lecturer and course coordinators;
  • Evaluate, give feedback on and assess assignments and exercises;
  • Monitor the students’ progress (also in the development of their academic skills);
  • Create a safe working environment in which students can learn from and with each other;
  • Stimulate students’ interdisciplinary and pro-active attitudes.


Leiden University


  • At least a Master’s degree, ideally in Industrial Ecology, Sustainability, Environmental Science or a related discipline;
  • A background and interest in interdisciplinary education and thinking within this field;
  • Good didactic skills and (preferably) didactic experience;
  • The ability to coach students through (interdisciplinary) group work;
  • Excellent organization and communication skills;
  • Fluent command of the English language, verbally and in writing;
  • Eager to contribute actively to improving the quality of education; have a proactive and adaptive attitude;
  • Be able to motivate and encourage students.

Conditions of employment

The starting date is 17 August 2020. The successful candidates will be part of an ambitious and dynamic young team. They will initially be appointed for one year with the possibility of a renewal for one more year based on need, funding and performance. For this position the University Job Classification System 'Teacher 4' applies. The salary ranges, depending on level of education and relevant work experience, between  € 2,790.-  to € 4,402.-  gross per month with a full employment contract of 38 hours per week (according to scale 10 Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities).

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

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.  


Leiden University

The Faculty of Science is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. It is a faculty where personal and academic development are top priorities. Our people are driven by curiosity to expand fundamental knowledge and to look beyond the borders of their own discipline; their aim is to benefit science, and to make a contribution to addressing the major societal challenges of the future.

The research carried out at the Faculty of Science is very diverse, ranging from mathematics, information science, astronomy, physics, chemistry and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. The research activities are organised in eight institutes. These institutes offer eight bachelor’s and twelve master’s programmes. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 1,300 staff and almost 4,000 students. We are located at the heart of Leiden’s Bio Science Park, one of Europe’s biggest science parks, where university and business life come together.

The Institute of Environmental Sciences Leiden (CML) is part of the Faculty of Science at Leiden University. It unites two departments focusing on Environmental Biology (EB) and Industrial Ecology (IE). Jointly, they contribute to sustainable management of biodiversity and resources. The research subjects comprise ecotoxicology, conservation and restoration ecology, ecosystem services, life cycle assessments, supply chains analysis and global resources. The Institute fosters an international atmosphere with strong interactions among the groups as well as with other departments. Working at CML means being part of an exciting, dynamic scientific environment which sets high standards for its students and staff alike. Presently, over 120 FTE (including postdocs and PhDs) are employed at CML. CML collaborates with the TU Delft and Erasmus University (Rotterdam) in the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Sustainability (LDE-CfS) focusing on a circular economy.


  • Research, development, innovation
  • Natural sciences
  • University graduate
  • 20-290



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