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Internship supervisor/Project coordinator, Science Communication and Society

Vacancy number
Non-academic staff
Internal, External
Publication date
05 November 2019
Closing date
21 November 2019

9 more days to apply

The Faculty of Science and the Institute of Biology is looking for an

Internship supervisor/Project coordinator, Science Communication and Society

Key responsibilities
We are looking for someone to strengthen our group Science Communication and Society. We study and teach science communication. Our students combine the master specialization Science Communication and Society with a master from the science faculty. Besides courses, they do internships on science communication practice and research. The key responsibilities are:

  • Coordination of all master student internships at SCS;
  • Supervision of a part of the individual master student internships at SCS;
  • Organizing the Leiden Tutoring Program.

This position combines the supervision and coordination of both practical and research internships of our students with the organization of the Leiden Tutoring Program.

For three days, you will be involved in the internships of our master students. Their practical projects can be external, for example at a museum or with a popular science magazine. You will supervise a part of these projects and coordinate the internships of the other advisors. Their research projects are connected to science communication research. Within these projects you have the opportunity to publish the results with the students. Furthermore, you will coordinate all internships and final presentations.

For two days, you are responsible for a smooth organization of The Leiden Tutoring Program within the National Research Agenda project Broadening Youth Participation in STEM Learning. In this program, Leiden University students tutor at primary schools in disadvantaged neighborhoods in The Hague. You are in close contact with the contact persons at the primary schools, the study advisors and the students if needed. You make sure that all parties receive the appropriate information in time, that deadlines are protected and required meetings are scheduled accordingly.

Selection criteria

  • MSc (specialisation) in Science communication, Science Education or a related field;
  • Fluent in Dutch and English;
  • Experience with survey research, qualitative interviewing and content analysis;  
  • You like to take initiative and are very well-organised;
  • You have social and communicative skills and enjoy being in contact with students, schools and primary school students.            

Our organisation
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 committed to expand fundamental knowledge by curiosity 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 2,200 staff and almost 4,200 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. For more information, For more information, see Faculty of Science.

Terms and conditions 
We offer a full-time 1 year term position, with the possibility of renewal based on need, funding and performance. Salary range from €2,835.-  to €3,895.- gross per month (pay scale 9 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. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More 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., There’s a language proficiency of minimum level Cl required for staff who will teach in English.

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Enquiries can be made to Ionica Smeets, email: i.smeets@biology.leidenuniv.nl.  

To apply for this vacancy, please send an email to sylvius@biology.leidenuniv.nl. Please ensure that you upload the following additional documents quoting the vacancy number:

  • Motivation letter;
  • CV (at most two pages).

Only applications received no later than 21 November can be considered

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