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Leiden University

Leiden University was founded in 1575 and is one of Europe’s leading international research universities. It has
seven faculties in the arts, humanities and sciences, spread over locations in Leiden and The Hague.
The motto of the University is ’Praesidium Libertatis’ - Bastion of Freedom.
One of Europe’s leading international research universities
As far back as 1575, Leiden University researchers have been leaving their mark on the world. We conduct ground-breaking research, provide medical breakthroughs, write trailblazing books and have been awarded 16 Nobel Prizes and 21 Spinoza Prizes for our pioneering work. Leiden University is a fertile environment for top talent.
Female Professors
Nobel Prizes
Scientific Publications
PhD Graduates
Dutch Research Grants
European Research Grants
Living and working in Leiden and The Hague
We have locations in both Leiden and The Hague. Both are vibrant cities with numerous shopping and cultural offerings where history is tangible everywhere you go. Leiden and The Hague are centrally located and near other major cities, close to Schiphol Airport and in the vicinity of beaches and dunes. They are wonderful places to live and work.
Diversity and inclusion
In 2014, we were the first university in the Netherlands to appoint a Diversity Officer. We have since then operated an active diversity policy for a number of years, focused on appointing more women in senior scientific positions. The result is something we are proud of! Leiden University has the highest percentage of female professors of all the Dutch Universities: 29%.
Meet some of our researchers
Life Under the Microscope

Joost Willemse is one of the facility managers for the Institute of Biology Leiden's Microscopy Unit. He says, “When I come in in the morning, I know where I'm going to start, but I never know where I'm going to end up.

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Nanoparticle Robots: No Assembly Required

Associate professor Daniela Kraft studies self-assembly in biological and soft matter systems at the Leiden Institute of Physics. Her lab creates simplified nano models to investigate how complex biological structures are formed.

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Hubble Trouble in Our Expanding Universe

Our universe is expanding faster than physics predicts it should. Associate professor Alessandra Silvestri of the Lorentz Institute for Theoretical Physics is trying to find out why.

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Will you become our newest colleague?
If you have the ambition to continuously develop and grow in your work, then Leiden University is an attractive employer for you. We provide our employees ample space to achieve their full potential and gladly invests in them.

Courses and programmes

There is a broad range of training courses for personal, specialised and strategic development.


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Career guidance

We have our own career counsellors. They are happy to help you with the next step in your career.


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Leiden University
Leiden University
Location: Leiden, Netherlands | Closing on Sep 27
Post-doctoral researcher in the field of Terrorism and Political Violence
Vacancy number 21-429 Function type Academic staff Hours (in fte) 1.0 External/ internal External Location Leiden Placed on 31 August 2021 Closing date 27 September 2021 26 more days to apply Institute of Security and Global Affairs of the Faculty of...
Leiden University
Leiden University
Location: Leiden, Netherlands | Closing on Sep 24
Vacancy number 21-398 Function type Academic staff, PhD positions Hours (in fte) 1.0 External/ internal External Location Leiden Placed on 27 July 2021 Closing date 24 September 2021 The Faculty of Science and the Institute of Biology Leiden is looking for...