Assistant Professor on Aquatic Ecosystem Management

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Universiteit Leiden
Leiden, Netherlands
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Project description

The Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) of Leiden University aspires to be the center of excellence for strategic and quantitative research and education on sustainable use and governance of natural resources and biodiversity. Amongst others, CML wil start a new MSc programme Governance of Sustainability by September 2019 aiming to educate future change agents to improve the quality of governance solutions to major sustainability issues. Courses will be co-taught with colleagues from the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs. Staff members of CML teaching in this and other BSc and MSc programmes provide students with the natural science perspective on wicked sustainability challenges, while keeping a close eye on and integrating societal perspectives. In line with the vision of Leiden University of a strong link between research and teaching, we strive to a balance between these activities although at the start of the appointment more emphasis will be on teaching. Besides this position, CML is also looking for:

  • Assistant professor on Biodiversity assessment in times of global change
  • Assistant professor on Industrial Ecology

Key responsibilities

High water quality and sufficient water availability is essential to nature and mankind. An effective management of water resources demands an understanding of its underpinning natural processes, including principles of aquatic ecology, ecotoxicology and of the quantification of spatiotemporal patterns of freshwater ecosystem properties and functioning.

  • Develop courses and teach within the new MSc Governance of Sustainability programme the knowledge related to natural sciences concepts on e.g. (aquatic) ecology, ecotoxicology and ecohydrology. In addition, skills for quantitative analysis, including data science, spatial analysis, remote sensing and data assimilation will be taught and developed;
  • Supervise (BSc and) MSc students in their thesis work;
  • Establish your own research line within the topics mentioned above – complementary but connected to ongoing research lines within the department of Environmental Biology of CML, leading to successful acquisition of research grants and publications in leading scientific journals.


  • max. 38 hours per week, temporary
  • €3545—€5511 per month


  • Strong communication and teaching skills;
  • Interest in teaching within a transdisciplinary context;
  • (willingness to attain within two years) A University Teaching Qualification (UTQ; BKO in Dutch);
  • A doctorate in environmental sciences, biology or related field;
  • Quantitative skills in (spatial) data analysis and modelling;
  • Proficiency in English (writing and oral);
  • A proven interest in the decision-making context of abovementioned topics;
  • Proven acquisition capabilities;
  • Strong publication record corresponding to the period after obtaining a PhD degree.


We offer a fixed-term position up to six years (depending on qualifications), with a possibility of  a tenured position depending on funding and performance. Salary range from €3,545 to €5,513 gross per month (pay scale 11 or 12 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

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 at