Assistant professor in Process-Based Ecotoxicology

The Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) offers a new position on environmental processes and process-based ecotoxicology.

The aim of this position is to perform excellent scientific as well as socially relevant research and thus focus on fate and impact assessments for advanced materials of the future, emerging compounds, and those substances that are under debate. The school has a well-established ecotoxicology group for which they are searching for a colleague to perform research as well as to participate in teaching.

Assessing the hazards of chemicals and materials to the environment does not only require knowledge of their concentrations and potential sources but also knowledge of the availability of these substances to organisms, i.e. the actual exposure. The dynamics in abiotic conditions, joint stressors, and the biological relationships at the study site determine the impacts on organisms. At the same time, the fitness of an organism has its influence on ecosystem functioning, but also on its susceptibility to instance vector-borne diseases.

Duration: 1.5 years


  • In collaboration with CML colleagues, study process-based ecotoxicology that complements CML’s existing research
  • Contribute to the acquisition of research grants
  • Develop and teach courses within CML’s educational programs related to environmental toxicology and biodiversity or ecosystems
  • Supervise BSc. and MSc students in their thesis work, and PhD students in their projects


  • The salary range is from € 3.806,- to € 5.922,- gross per month depending on qualifications and experience 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.
  • Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break and fixed compensation for relocation costs.
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Job Requirements

Applicants should have the following qualifications:

  • A PhD in a relevant field, related to ecotoxicology, ecophysiology, soil or water sciences, theoretical or computational biology, or environmental sciences
  • Proven statistical skills or strong modeling related to either ecological modeling, spatially explicit modeling, or process-based models, (not genomics or proteomics).
  • Proven teaching skills
  • A University Teaching Qualification (UTQ; BKO in Dutch), or the willingness to attain this within two years
  • Have a clear potential to develop good acquisition capabilities, it is preferred to have an understanding of the EU acquisition environment.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English and good communication skills
  • Team player and having a collaborative attitude

Application Process

Qualified applicants are requested to send the following documents for application:

  • CV
  • A motivation letter
  • A research statement and teaching statement (together between 1 and 2 pages max)

To apply as an Assistant professor in Process-Based Ecotoxicology, click here.

Application Deadline: September 07, 2022.

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