Universiteit Leiden

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Lab technician

Vacancy number
Non-academic staff
Internal , External
Publication date
1 February 2022
Closing date
20 February 2022 Vacancy closed

The Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL), is looking for a:

Lab technician

As a lab technician you will be part of the lab management team and together with the lab manager you are responsible for supporting the technical aspects of research conducted by members of the LUCL.

Key responsibilities

  • Program experimental tasks (e.g. in Python, MATLAB, JAVA, Praat, E-Prime, etc.).
  • Write scripts and software for cognitive experiments, both for producing stimuli and for analyzing data (e.g. speech, gestures, eye-tracking, EEG, fMRI, fNIRS).
  • Develop, test, and maintain various software/hardware for stimuli delivery and response collection.
  • Provide technical consultancy to researchers.
  • Purchase, install, manage, and (sometimes) improve the functioning of the Institute’s various lab facilities (internal and loaned).
  • Windows and Apple OS system management of lab computers.

Selection criteria

Our lab technician should have the following qualifications:

  • A completed bachelor or higher academic degree in a technical field (e.g. Computer Science, Electronic Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering), or a related field with demonstrable strong background in signal processing and electronics.
  • Excellent programming experiences (e.g. Python, JAVA and/or MATLAB, etc.) and strong commitment to acquiring new programming skills (e.g. E-Prime, Experimental Builder, R, and Praat).
  • Open-minded, versatile, and service-oriented person, who is driven and desires to excel in an international working environment.
  • Affinity for scientific research, especially in the fields of language and experimental linguistics.
  • Excellent communication skills.

Our organisation
The Faculty of Humanities is rich in expertise in fields such as philosophy, religious studies, history, art history, literature, linguistics and area studies covering nearly every region of the world. With its staff of 995, the faculty provides 27 master’s and 25 bachelor’s programmes for over 7,000 students based at locations in Leiden and in The Hague. For more information: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/humanities.

The Faculty has seven Institutes, among which the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (
https://www.lucl.nl/).  The institute focuses on linguistic research from historical and descriptive linguistics, language use in the past and present and theoretical and experimental linguistics. The institute has around 200 employees, many of whom have a research task. The Academic Language Centre, as part of LUCL, provides language services to university students and staff but also to individuals and groups outside the university.One of the goals of LUCL is to offer employees the opportunity to use the linguistic labs for their research. They can make use of the LUCL phonetics lab, baby lab, eye-tracking lab, EEG lab facilities, as well as the fMRI setups at the Leiden University Medical Centre for their experiments.

Terms and conditions

The initial appointment will be for a period of one year and 0.4 FTE, with the prospect of a permanent position after positive evaluation of capabilities and compatibility. In the future, full-time appointment may be a possibility. Salary ranges from € 2,836 to € 4,474 gross per month (for a full-time appointment), based on qualifications and experience (salary scale 10 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities). The starting date will be 1 April 2022.

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 https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/working-at/job-application-procedure-and-employment-conditions
Diversity and inclusion

We firmly believe that diversity together with inclusion is the key driving force for creativity and innovative ideas. We strive to create a working environment where everyone feels empowered to bring their full, authentic selves to work.


Enquiries can be made to prof. dr. Lisa Cheng, Academic Director of LUCL e-mail l.l.cheng@hum.leidenuniv.nl.  


Please submit your application no later than 20 February 2022 via the blue button in our application system, providing the following information:

  • A cover letter explaining your motivation, background and qualifications for the position.
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • The names and contact details of two potential referees.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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