Leiden University was founded in 1575 and is one of Europe’s leading international research universities. It has seven faculties in the arts, sciences and social sciences, spread over locations in Leiden and The Hague. The University has over 6,500 staff members and 26,900 students. The motto of the University is 'Praesidium Libertatis' – Bastion of Freedom.
Bastion of Freedom
Praesidium Libertatis is the motto of Leiden University. This means Bastion of Freedom. The University has always stood for freedom of spirit, thought and speech as well as freedom in research and teaching. The University wants to create an environment in which academics and students have the opportunity to excel. We welcome all who wish to study or work here and achieve their full potential. The University has a responsibility to society and to future generations. This means providing excellent research and teaching that make the world a safer, healthier, more sustainable, prosperous and just place – at local, regional and global level.
The University as an employer
Approximately 4,000 staff members contribute to offering more than 18,500 students a more promising future. In addition to the academic staff, we also employ non-academic staff, who provide our organisation with the professional administration and support needed to facilitate advanced high-quality research and teaching.
Whether you are looking for a job as a lecturer, a researcher, or a combination of the two, Leiden University is regularly on the look-out for motivated academic staff. This includes PhD candidates and researchers, but also senior university lecturers and professors. In this context the University seriously invests in its academic career policy: this is apparent for instance in the tenure tracks we offer, that target high potential candidates in possession of a PhD who aim to become professors.
Leiden University is often on the look-out for ambitious recent graduates with a passion and talent for research. We believe that fundamental research is crucial for the development of a modern society and for the future welfare of mankind. A number of renowned scientists have contributed to our University’s fame, including 4 Nobel Prize Winners: Einthoven (Physiology/Medicine), Kamerlingh Onnes, Lorentz and Zeeman (Physics). Click here for more reasons to choose for a PhD track at Leiden University.
Although when universities are mentioned, most people think primarily of opportunities for those who aspire to a scientific career, a large number of our employees work as supporting staff. For the support required for the Executive Board and the organisation of the University as a whole, the Administration and Central Services, the eight expertise centres and the seven faculties require a broad variety of staff, including: ICT experts, legal experts, secretaries, receptionists, marketing and communication staff, financial and real estate experts, and human resources and policy officers. At Leiden University, we also offer these employees an inspiring work environment in which innovation is constantly sought in order to keep up with the dynamic outside world. In addition, our internal mobility policy stimulates staff members to enrich their career with interesting experiences.