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Labmanager Social Sciences & Humanities

Vacancy number
Non-academic staff
Internal , External
Publication date
23 May 2023
Closing date
8 August 2023 Vacancy closed

The Faculty of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Humanities are looking for a

Labmanager Social Sciences & Humanities (0.8 - 1.0 fte)

Description of the position
Research in the Social Sciences and Humanities has many similarities. Researchers and support services in both faculties have grown closer in recent years. These cross-links have now been formalized in the Social Sciences & Humanities (SSH) cluster. In addition to the existing lab spaces for human research, 25 new state-of-the-art lab spaces will be commissioned in the Sylvius building by September 2023 that will provide a new impetus to SSH research. Several working groups are now looking into filling in the logistical, organizational and technical preconditions for this new, extensive lab cluster and interfaculty cooperation. To operationalize and keep the lab cluster running, a Lab Manager is now being sought who will function as the proverbial spider in the web!

In this challenging position, you will participate in the start-up phase to help implement the preconditions under which these lab spaces must operate. When the new lab spaces open, some things will certainly already be in place, but many other procedures, agreements, working methods, etc. will still need to be arranged. Together with enthusiastic experts, who are highly motivated to jointly create a beautiful, new facility, you will further shape and optimize the research facilities for the participating faculties. Once the implementation phase is complete, you will coordinate the day-to-day operations of the lab cluster. You will be facilitating the research and think in collaboration with the researchers on a daily basis. To carry out this task, you frequently interact with a large team of various professionals within the SSH cluster, including the information managers, ICT & Research coordinators, lab technicians, research technicians, lab coordinators and data managers/stewards. Together with this team, you are responsible for keeping the environment running in which research can take place without all stakeholders having to worry about basic facilities. In addition to quality and expertise, mutual commitment and collegiality are central to this team. Furthermore, you will become part of the communities and networks that have emerged within the university research (support) organization.

Key responsibilities
The main duties are:

  • Coordinating the process from intake to execution of lab research;
  • Scheduling research in the lab spaces and overseeing staffing;
  • Organizing structural meetings with involved researchers and support staff;
  • Communicating with researchers and other (internal and external) stakeholders about facilities (lab spaces, equipment) and protocols;
  • Organizing training/workshops for research methods (handling equipment, etc.);
  • Contributing to community building activities;
  • Gathering overview (knowledge) of equipment and research protocols and keeping them up-to-date (in collaboration with lab technicians).

Your profile
You feel comfortable in an initiating and service-oriented role. You easily keep an overview of the playing field of lab research and the preconditions therein, so that you can advise stakeholders and colleagues on the direction in which SSH lab research should develop. You value customer friendliness and communicate in a convincing manner. You are solution-oriented and pragmatic. You switch smoothly and quickly between tasks, keep an overview and remain accurate. You are team-oriented and tackle tasks independently and proactively.


  • Academic level of work and thinking;
  • Affinity for research methods and software used in the social sciences, humanities or cognitive neuroscience;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with lab management is recommended;
  • Affinity for process management and/or excellent skills in planning, organization, coordination;
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills;
  • Ability to function well in a dynamic environment;
  • A good command of spoken and written Dutch and English, or willingness to learn.

The faculties
The Faculties of Social Sciences and Humanities are rich in expertise in the fields of Science and Technology Studies, Cultural Anthropology and Developmental Sociology, Education and Child Sciences, Political Science, Psychology, Philosophy, History, Art History, Arts, Literature, Linguistics, Religious Studies and Regional Studies from virtually all over the world. We put our university motto "With us you will learn about the world" into daily practice with high-quality teaching by passionate faculty and research of internationally recognized high standards. Together, the faculties have approximately 15,000 students and 2,000 staff members. Education is provided for 30 undergraduate and 34 graduate programs and research is conducted from the Leiden and The Hague offices. Visit the Faculty of Social Sciences website and the Faculty of Humanities website for more information.

Terms and conditions
You will work in a team of enthusiastic colleagues where cooperation is paramount and where there is always something to do, 'never a dull moment'. Appointment takes place in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement of Dutch Universities in a temporary employment contract of one year with the possibility of conversion into a permanent position after this initial period. The salary, depending on education and work experience, ranges from a minimum of € 3,974 to a maximum of € 5,439 gross per month for a full-time appointment (scale 11). Depending on your qualifications, you may start in scale 10 (minimum € 2,960 - maximum € 4,670) until you fully meet the requirements for scale 11. Leiden University offers good terms of employment. The benefits package includes a home-work allowance, a vacation allowance (8%), an end-of-year bonus (8.3%), training and career development and the possibility to choose tailor-made employment conditions via an individual choices model. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

Diversity and inclusion are core values of Leiden University. Leiden University is committed to becoming an inclusive community which enables all students and staff to feel valued and respected and to develop their full potential. Diversity in experiences and perspectives enriches our teaching and strengthens our research. High quality teaching and research is inclusive. We therefore especially welcome applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Certificate of Good Conduct (VOG)
In your daily work you will deal with confidential information. For this position, we ask for a Certificate of Good Conduct (VOG). This declaration can be obtained from the Civil Affairs Department of the municipality where you are registered. The costs for this will be reimbursed.

Enquiries can be made to Maureen Meekel.

To apply for this vacancy, please apply via the blue button on top. Please ensure that you upload your CV and a letter of motivation in which you describe how your skills and expertise match the job requirements. Applications will be considered until the 8th of August 2023. We aim to complete the recruitment process in early July.

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