2 PhD candidates, Ecotoxicity Impact

Research / Academic

Key responsibilities
Tens of thousands of chemicals are released into Europe’s environment. Such anthropogenic chemicals can have various harmful effects on wildlife and can result in reductions in ecosystem functioning and ecosystem service flows. To address these challenges, we are looking for 2 PhD candidates to support the recently granted Horizon Europe project TerraChem (From soils to apex species: chemical pathways, effects and impacts on terrestrial biodiversity and ecosystem services and applications for better chemicals management). This new project will be carried out in collaboration with several European partner institutions. The project will integrate environmental monitoring, modelling, data management, and analytical tools. These two positions will focus on developing impact assessment models for ecotoxicity impacts on terrestrial functional diversity and ecosystem services.


Selection Criteria

  • A Master degree in a relevant field, e.g., ecotoxicology, environmental sciences, biology, industrial ecology, or similar
  • A strong interest in academic research and environmental sustainability
  • Well-developed analytical skills
  • Programming skills (e.g. R or other languages) are an advantage
  • For one of the two positions, experimental and laboratory skills 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

Salary Benefits:

Terms and conditions
We offer a 1-year position with the possibility of extension to 4 years based on performance. Salary ranges from € 2.770.- gross per month in the first year to € 3.589 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.