Researcher Vacancy

Centre for Innovation is looking for a researcher towards global talent drivers (0,3 FTE, 6 months)

The Centre for Innovation is executing a research assignment for a partner organisation that aims to improve the quality of life on topics relevant for international employees in The Hague – Rotterdam area. This organisation connects companies, governments, educational institutes, service providers, innovation hubs & – programs in order to convince and retain global talent to work in The Hague and Rotterdam.

Every year, the organisation aims to update its network on the progress that the region is making in terms of addressing these drivers of global talent. This research aims to update a previous study on this topic, so it can be compared with former editions. The research is both an instrument to learn about talented people’s preferences,  as well as to engage them in considering/confirming The Hague-Rotterdam as an interesting place to work. Potentially, there is space to use innovative tools to collect people’s opinions, e.g. chatbots, social marketing and creative data visualisation.

In this 6-month assignment, you will (re)define the research and update and/or improve the previous study, gather data amongst a vast representation of the international community of The Hague, analyse the data and (co-)present it at a conference in November 2019. Potentially, the insights coming out of the research can be used to suggest project propositions that will improve an attractive international environment in The Hague.

Key Responsibilities

  • (Re)define research questions, set up the research project, target populations and set up distribution plan (with partner organisation)
  • Distribute the survey and gather data (with partner organisation)
  • Analyse basic data, enrich data points with qualitative arguments
  • Visualize data, translate into insights and co-facilitate potential follow-up
  • Present insights at a conference

Selection Criteria

  • a finished Master’s degree with a strong research component; preferably you’ve already started a PhD
  • a proven track record of quality execution of research projects, preferably with applied research; you can show strong skills in designing, organizing and executing a (quantitative) research project
  • you have strong analytical capacity and organisational-/project skills
  • you are an independent worker, but you collaborate well in teams and know how to present your case to a partner and to a larger audience
  • you have an innovative mind-set and can translate insights into actionable follow-up
  • fluency in spoken English and excellent writing skills in English. Affinity with the international community in and around The Hague – Rotterdam is a pre.

Our Organization
The Centre for Innovation (CFI) is a think- and do- tank of Leiden University which works as an innovation accelerator in the areas of learning, living and working. The mission of the Centre for Innovation is to identify and explore transformative trends in a digital world, creating innovative methods, products and solutions for Leiden University and its partners. We are a group of interdisciplinary experts, designers and developers with a vision to put people first in innovation.

Terms and Conditions
You will be hired through the university’s internal secondment agency Job Motion. This a paid assignment: salary will depend on your experience.

The Centre for Innovation is located in The Hague.

Please submit your application no later than 19 May 2019 to Applicants should submit online a letter of interest accompanied by a cv. Internal candidates will, in the event of equivalent suitability, be given preference over external candidates.


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

Questions about the position can be made to Jesse van der Mijl at


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