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Professor of Education and Child Studies

Vacancy number
Academic staff
Internal, External
Publication date
11 September 2018
Closing date
08 October 2018

17 more days to apply

The Institute Education and Child Studies of the Faculty Social and Behavioural Sciences is looking for a Professor of Education and Child Studies (1.00 fte)

The Institute’s research has a strong empirical, evidence-based focus and is organised along six thematic lines: Developmental Psychopathology, Learning and Behaviour Problems in Education, Forensic Family and Youth Care Studies, Parenting, Child Care and Development, Educational Sciences, and Research Methods. The Institute offers a Bachelor’s degree programme, a regular Master’s degree programme with eight possible tracks, and a Research Master’s degree programme in Developmental Psychopathology in Education and Child Studies. A leading principle in the programme's courses is the emphasis on the acquisition and practical application of evidence-based knowledge. The Institute’s research has an excellent international reputation. 

Key responsibilities

The candidate is expected to have a record of high-level publications on a relevant research theme and to be able to lead and inspire a group of researchers. The candidate should have ample experience in supervising PhD students and should have a strong record in the acquisition of external funds. His or her abilities are further evidenced by the usual indicators of scientific excellence such as; awards, editorships, etc.

The candidate will also contribute to the theoretical, empirical, and ethical foundation of the teaching programme. He or she will teach on all levels and where necessary contribute to the innovation of the teaching programme. For this reason, the applicant should have experience with teaching on all levels and in different formats. The candidate is expected to take his or her share in the management tasks of the Institute and the Faculty. Experience in administrative tasks in academic organizations or international scientific organizations would be an advantage.

Finally, the candidate is expected to play a role in the translation of scientific data to practical advice and policy for professional organizations and institutes.

 In sum, the candidate should:

  • Stimulate, coordinate, and perform high-quality empirical research, supervise PhD students, and acquire external funds;
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of a high-quality teaching programme;
  • Take a share in the administrative tasks of the Institute and Faculty;
  • Translate scientific knowledge into advice for organizations and people outside academia.

Selection criteria

  • A PhD in the behavioural or social sciences;
  • No less than 5 years of postdoctoral research experience;
  • A strong record of international publications;
  • A proven capacity to motivate and guide students at all levels;
  • Ample experience in the supervision of PhD students;
  • A strong record in the acquisition of external funds;
  • Experience with management and administration and a willingness to further improve the abilities in this domain;
  • A team builder with good connections with relevant organizations and institutes outside academia.

Our Faculty/institute

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences comprises four institutes: Education and Child Studies, Political Science, Psychology and Cultural Anthropology & Development Sociology. The Faculty also includes the Centre for Science and Technology Studies. The Faculty is home to 5,000 students and 600 members of staff. Our teaching and research programmes cover diverse topics varying from adoption to political behaviour. 

Terms and conditions

This appointment is initially for a period of five years with a view to a permanent contract depending on good performance. The appointment is in line with the collective employment agreement of Dutch universities. Salary range from € 5441.- to € 7921.- gross per month.

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3%), 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. More at https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/working-at/job-application-procedure-and-employment-conditions.

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 more information, please contact prof. dr. Lenneke Alink, e-mail alinklra@fsw.leidenuniv.nl.
If you have any enquiries about the procedure, please contact Pieter Krol, e-mail p.c.krol@fsw.leidenuniv.nl, telephone 071 527 6648.

Information about the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences and the Institute of Education and Child Studies can be found at op http://www.universiteitleiden.nl/sociale-wetenschappen and about Leiden University at http://www.universiteitleiden.nl/.


Please submit your application, which should include a letter of interest accompanied by a CV, online (in English or Dutch) no later than October 8th, 2018 via the blue button of our application system.


Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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