Call for proposals: LEaDing fellows Postdoc programme

Call for proposals: LEaDing fellows Postdoc programme

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31 Oct 10 Jan Delft

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Job description

The ‘LEaDing Fellows Postdoc Programme’  is a Horizon2020 Marie Sklowdowska Curie COFUND programme  and 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. 

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.

Fellows recruited will benefit from structured career development by undertaking training (in both research and transferable skills) and having the opportunity to undertake visits or internships at one of the four other LEaDing fellows partners or linked industry or non-academic partners.

Applicants can propose a project of their own choice, including a research proposal, a career development plan, a motivation letter, a CV and a commitment letter of his/her proposed supervisor in one of the universities or university medical centers of the program. 

As for the research fields, this includes Humanities and Social Sciences, Physical Sciences and Engineering, and Life Sciences. Applicants can choose the disciplines that the participating organisations offer. For an overview consult the LEaDing Fellows website.

In this second call 40 positions are availabe. External review is part of the selection process. The selection process takes place between January - July 2018. During this process applicants will be informed about the progress. By the 1st of August 2018 applicants will be informed whether they will be offered a position or not.


LEaDing Fellows


Eligibility criteria
- Applicants of all nationalities are eligible, unless national, international or European legislation or embargos prohibit specific (combinations of (sub) disciplines and) countries of origin. 
- Applicants shall not have spent more than 12 months in the Netherlands in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment date (1 July 2018).  
- Applicants should have obtained their PhD before the recruitment date (1 July 2018) and less than 60 months prior. This application window can be extended for pregnancy (6 months per child), maternity or paternity leave (6 months per child), training for medical specialists (3 years) or compulsory and reserve military service (actual time). Evidencing documentation must be added to the application.

Conditions of employment

Fellows will benefit from Dutch employment conditions and remuneration will be according to the collective labour agreement (CAO) of the Dutch universities (CAO Nederlandse universiteiten) or the University Medical Centers (CAO Universitair Medische Centra).

The annual gross salary will vary between 42.000-55.000 per year, depending on work experience.


LEaDing Fellows Postdoc Programme

The LEaDing Fellows Programme is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND offered by Leiden UniversityLeiden University Medical CentreErasmus University RotterdamErasmus Medical Centre and Delft University of Technology participate. It will run from January 2017 till January 2022. 

All five partners are deeply involved in cooperation with non-academic partners such as local start-up incubators and science parks, public government bodies and industry. There is wide variety of options for cooperation with several partners in industry, government, start-ups or societal organisations. High-tech start-ups and mature companies are located near or on campus. This situation provides a wealth of opportunities for LEaDing Fellows to become involved in activities involving non-academic partners.

We offer a working environment with extensive cutting edge research infrastructure and excellent training opportunities.


  • Postdoc; Research, development, innovation
  • Natural sciences; Engineering; Health; Economics; Law; Behaviour and society; Language and culture; Food
  • max. 40 hours per week
  • Doctorate
  • Cal II



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