Assistant professor in Industrial Ecology and LCA

The Faculty of Science, the Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) is looking for an

Assistant Professor in Industrial Ecology - Life Cycle Assessment

Within the field of Industrial Ecology we are looking for an excellent candidate with a proven track record in life cycle assessment (LCA). We offer an attractive research and teaching environment, including scientific independence, a collaborative atmosphere, and the opportunity of a personal career-development track, including mentoring and support. We offer career paths based on a more academic teaching based track and on a more research based track. Also applicants from outside academia that have a track record making them suitable for an academic career, are welcome to apply.

Key responsibilities

The candidate will contribute to both research and teaching in the field of LCA, and will also share in other responsibilities of the Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML). We are particularly looking for candidates with experience in applying prospective/ex-ante LCA to future/emerging technology and product systems using quantitative scenario-based and other novel and creative approaches to address the challenges of such LCA studies.Additionally, experience in the research areas of uncertainty analysis and/or life cycle impact assessment modeling in relation to prospective/ex-ante LCA is an advantage.
Candidates are expected to contribute to the teaching programs, which include the Minor Sustainable Development and Biodiversity, the MSc Industrial Ecology (with TU Delft), and the MSc Governance and Sustainability (with the Leiden Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs).
Candidates should be willing and able to undertake administrative, managerial and governance tasks within the Institute.

Selection criteria

  • You hold a Ph.D. in industrial ecology, environmental and/or sustainability sciences, engineering, applied economics, or a similar discipline in the field of industrial ecology, environmental sciences or another related fields.
  • You have documented expertise and are an emerging/established talent in LCA and possibly other methods from the industrial ecology toolbox (e.g., material flow analysis and/or environmental input output analysis).
  • Experience in the environmental assessment of emerging technologies and systems is a strong advantage.
  • You have excellent English language skills in writing and speaking, and recorded ability of scientific publishing on a high academic level.
  • You have excellent social and communication skills and the ability to interact with other researchers, industry and policy actors.
  • You have proven experience of teaching at the university level.
  • You are intellectually curious, possess good analytical skills, are self-propelled, flexible, and quality conscious and have recorded experience in planning and executing research tasks within a given timeframe.
  • Programming skills (e.g. Python or other languages) and an ability to handle large datasets are an advantage.
  • Proven experience with obtaining research grants is an advantage.

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 environmental science research in CML is organized around two major research areas: ‘Industrial Ecology’ and ‘Environmental Biology’. This makes CML one of the few institutes covering both the circular, sustainable economic use of natural resources and natural capital, as well as assessing the environmental impacts of economic activities on natural resources, biodiversity and natural capital. The various research topics carried out within these themes and in LDE-Centre for Sustainability are ideal for executing interdisciplinary research from a strong monodisciplinary basis.

Terms and conditions
The appointment will be at the level of assistant professor. Salary range from €4.332,- to €5.929,- gross per month (pay scale 11), in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.
Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with 232 hours annual leave based on a fulltime contract, a holiday (8%) and an end-of-year bonus (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.

Leiden University requires teaching staff to obtain the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ), and newly appointed staff is expected to obtain this qualification within 2-3 years from their appointment.

At the Faculty of Science we value inclusiveness and strive for a diverse community with equal opportunities for all. We give full support to our staff in achieving their potential to become independent academic researchers and teachers. For more information about our policy on diversity and equality please go to the diversity page on our website. Female researchers are also welcomed to join the Researchers In Science for Equality network of the Faculty if Science (

Enquiries can be made to Milan Oostwouder at the CML secretariat via They will forward your enquiry to the most appropriate CML staff member. Interested candidates are invited to get acquainted with our research and researchers through browsing the website of CML
The selection committee will consist of J.B. Guinee, Dr. B.R.P. Steubing and N. Thonemann.

Please submit your application via the online recruitment system, via the blue button at the top or bottom of this page. Applications received via e-mail will not be taken into consideration. Please ensure that you upload the following additional documents quoting the vacancy number:

  • Letter of motivation;
  • Full curriculum vitae, including a list of publications;
  • Brief past and future statements on research and education;

Only applications received before 5th of January 2024 can be considered.

The initial interviews will take place on Thursday 18th January 2024.

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  • Application deadline: Jan 05, 2024
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