The Department of Archaeological Sciences of the Faculty of Archaeology has a vacancy for a


  • 0.6 FTE
  • Vacancy number 18-442

Key responsibilities
The successful candidate will be responsible for providing technical and organisational support to the laboratories run by the Bioarchaeology Research Group, which include the laboratories for Osteoarchaeology, Archaeobotany and Archaezoology. Under the supervision of- and in close collaboration with the scientific staff of these laboratories, the successful candidate will be in charge of developing and implementing laboratory safety protocols and procedures, including the handling of chemicals, as well as the inventorisation and maintenance of technical equipment, the purchase and distribution of supplies, and the preparation and processing of samples for the study of isotopes, pollen and bones. S/he will furthermore assist in the safety training of students and the setup of practical sessions from courses taught in the laboratories.
The candidate should be either experienced in a wide range of biochemical methodologies or eager to learn these techniques applied to bioarchaeological research.

Selection criteria

  • A strong technical background and a pragmatic hands-on attitude;
  • The candidate must be flexible, able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously, and able to manage their time efficiently and effectively;
  • BA degree in Biological/Medical/Chemical Laboratory Studies (HBO or equivalent);
  • Preferentially two years of experience in the operational management of a science laboratory;
  • Excellent command of English and Dutch (CEFR level B2);
  • Academic qualifications in Archaeology are not required, but the successful candidate will be broadly

Our Faculty
The future of the past begins in Leiden. The Faculty of Archaeology is internationally leading for its research, home to a broad array of specializations and notable for its strong connection between teaching and research. Home to over 500 students in the multidisciplinary world of archaeology, the faculty and its researchers from all areas of the archaeological field determine the future of archaeological research.

Terms and conditions
We offer a position for a four-year term with the possibility of renewal based on need, funding and performance. Salary range from €2,514 to €3,358 gross per month based on a full-time appointment (pay scale 8 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). Salary scale depends on education, experience and level of appointment. The position is available as of February 1st, 2019.

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 our site Application process and working conditions.

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

For further information about the position of Laboratory Assistant, please contact Dr Michael Field, email, Head of the Bioarchaeology Research Group.

To apply for this vacancy, please send no later than 25 November 2018 an email to the departmental secretary, Ms. Y.M. Haring at Please ensure that you attach the following documents as a single PDF file quoting the vacancy number:

  • A cover letter in English stating your motivation to apply for this position as well as your background and interests;
  • A CV in English, including a publication list, if applicable;
  • Your HBO degree certificate, or proof of equivalent degree;
  • Any other certificates demonstrating relevant qualifications, including language certificates;
  • If available, brief summaries (a half page, in English) of research projects in which you have been involved;
  • The names and contact addresses of two referees, of which at least one must not be the thesis supervisor or the current employer.

The selection procedure will take place in early December, and selected candidates will be invited for a (Skype) interview in December or early January (not during the holiday break). You are kindly requested to be available in this period.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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