PhD candidate | Biodiversity impact assessment

Vacancy number: 22-173


Key responsibilities

We are looking for a PhD candidate to support the recently granted Horizon Europe project BAMBOO (Biodiversity and trade: mitigating the impacts of non-food biomass global supply chains). This new project will be carried out in collaboration with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and several other European partners. The project will combine trade, environmental impact and integrated assessment models to develop scenarios for transformative change towards biodiversity protection. This position will focus on developing and applying impact assessment methods for climate change and eutrophication impacts on functional diversity across terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems.


Selection Criteria

  • A Master degree in a relevant field, e.g., environmental sciences, biology, industrial ecology, data science, or similar
  • A strong interest in academic research and sustainability
  • Well-developed analytical skills
  • Programming skills (e.g. R or other languages) and an ability to handle large datasets are an advantage. Applicants without these skills should have a strong drive to develop them early in the PhD.
  • Expertise in biodiversity would be an asset
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English as well as good communication skills
  • A team player and the ability to take initiative


Research at our faculty

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 driven by curiosity to expand fundamental knowledge 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 2,300 staff and almost 5,000 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.

The Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) is positioned in the Faculty of Sciences. The core focus of CML is to perform research and education in the interdisciplinary field of Environmental Sciences. CML has two Departments: Industrial Ecology (CML-IE) and Environmental Biology (CML-EB). Presently, about 125 fte (including postdocs and PhDs) are employed at CML. CML collaborates with the TU Delft and Erasmus University in the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Sustainability (LDE-CfS), Naturalis Biodiversity Centre, and other partners.

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Terms and conditions 

We offer a 1-year position with the possibility of extension to 4 years based on performance. Salary ranges from € 2.443.- gross per month in the first year to € 3.122 gross per month in the fourth year based on a full-time position (pay scale P 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. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.



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



Enquiries can be made to Dr. Laura Scherer, email



To apply for this vacancy, please send an email to Please ensure that you upload the following additional documents quoting the vacancy number:

  • CV
  • Motivation letter
  • The names and phone numbers of two referees

We will consider applications submitted before or on 15 May 2022.

Interviews will take place on 23 May between 10 AM and 5 PM Central European Time. You are kindly requested to be available on this date.

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  • Application deadline: May 15, 2022
  • Leiden University
  • Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML)
  • Leiden, The Netherlands
  • PhD and Postdoc Positions
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