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Coordinator Citizen Science Lab (0,9 fte)

Vacancy number
Non-academic staff
Publication date
11 January 2022
Closing date
20 January 2022 Vacancy closed

Leiden Observatory invites applicants for the position of

Coordinator Citizen Science Lab (0,9 fte)
Vacancynumber 22-008


The Citizen Science Lab (CS Lab) at Leiden University was founded in 2018 by researchers in the Leiden Observatory and Science Communication & Society, and its mission is to connect scientists and other citizens to co-create research projects that address urgent scientific and/or societal issues that can only be solved by actively involving volunteers in the scientific process. In order to achieve this, the CS Lab acts as an Incubator to co-create new sustainable CS projects that connect society with science, and as a Knowledge Hub to build a collaborative CS knowledge-sharing network across the Netherlands. 

The Citizen Science Lab is a partner of the National Programme Open Science (NPOS), leading the NPOS Citizen Science Programme line, and co-leading the establishment of the national network for Citizen Science practitioners in the Netherlands. The primary aim of the network will be to share know-how and expertise for participatory research initiated by both citizen scientists and professional researchers, and to support Citizen Science (CS) methods as part of ‘mainstream’ research.

The Citizen Science Lab is also one of the partners of the European City of Science - Leiden 2022, when the city of Leiden will become the hotspot for science in Europe. We are helping to deliver an exciting ‘Participate’ programme of events during the 365-day Festival of Science throughout the city and the surrounding neighbourhoods.

Key Responsibilities

As Coordinator of the Citizen Science Lab you will oversee activities within all three focus areas, and your main duties and responsibilities will entail :

  • Developing and implement the Citizen Science strategy for Leiden University
  • Managing the portfolio of current projects, and fulfilling task commitments and deliverables
  • Overseeing and supporting any project staff, and recruiting new staff,
  • Seeking out and developing new opportunities for knowledge exchange, with the aim of strengthening practitioner networks within Leiden University, nationally, and within European networks of practice,
  • Building the Leiden University CS Knowledge Hub - liaising with colleagues, internal ambassadors across the faculties, and the Open Science Working Group,
  • Attending regular meetings of the National Programme Open Science (NPOS), representing the strategic aims of the Citizen Science community at the national level, and leading the NPOS Citizen Science Programme,
  • Overseeing all CS Lab activities and ensuring the successful delivery of all commitments and tasks for the European City of Science - Leiden 2022 ‘Participate’ programme,
  • Initiating, delivering and evaluating new, innovative citizen science projects,
  • Bringing in new sources of external funding for CSLab-related projects and programmes,
  • Delivering Webinars, Workshops and Training sessions

What are we looking for?

The successful candidate should have:

  • A University MSc/MA/MBA degree
  • Proven organisational and project management skills and experience
  • 10+ years experience in Citizen Science projects and related research
  • Knowledge of Citizen Science in the context of Open Science practices
  • Experience with international collaborations and EU Horizon 2020 projects
  • A strong network with knowledge partners across the city of Leiden
  • A broad citizen science network within both the Netherlands and Europe
  • Experience with developing and delivering webinars, workshops and training on citizen science as a practice
  • Collaboration skills with a diverse range of scientists and non-scientists from different backgrounds;
  • Strategic thinking and entrepreneurial skills
  • Proven skills in written, visual and verbal communications
  • Fluent in Dutch and English

To find out more about this role, see the Citizen Science Lab website (https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/citizensciencelab), the European City of Science - Leiden 2022 website (https://leiden2022.nl/), and the National Programme Open Science - Citizen Science Programme website (https://www.openscience.nl/en/programme-citizen-science).

Terms and conditions

We offer a contract from 15st February 2022 (flexible starting date) to 31 December 2022. Salary range from €3,821 to € 5,230 gross per month (pay scale 11 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 https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/working-at/job-application-procedure-and-employment-conditions .

Some travel is expected as part of the activities.


Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups. In the Netherlands, parental leave is standard for 16 weeks. Child care is available at and near the Bio Science Park.


Please contact Dr. Pedro Russo (russo@strw.leidenuniv.nl) for enquiries and/or questions about the position.


Applications should consist of a CV with a cover letter explaining your motivation and relevant background for the position. Please list one name of people that can serve as reference. All material should be submitted via email: russo@strw.leidenuniv.nl

Review of applications will start on 14 January 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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