The African Studies Centre Leiden (ASCL) is looking, for the project “Economics in Sub-Sahara Africa: Towards a meso-level perspective on (frugal) innovation for inclusive human development and environmental sustainability”, for a Research assistant (0.8–1.0 FTE).

Key responsibilities

  • To perform organizational tasks and build content for the project;
  • Work on a project proposal for funding agencies to be targeted and search for alternative funding possibilities;
  • Organize contacts and links with prospected (research) partners in selected countries in Africa;
  • Function as contact person for the members of the team.

The aim of this vacancy is to develop a research project proposal targeted at the relationship between (frugal) innovation, inclusive human development and environmental sustainability. This project is a joint initiative of the African Studies Centre Leiden, the Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa and the Department of Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies at Radboud University Nijmegen.

Selection Criteria

  • An MA or PhD degree in (development) economics, political ecology, development studies, human geography, or related disciplines, with a proven focus on Africa;
  • At least two years of proven research experience on the topic or related issues;
  • Experience with (working in) interdisciplinary teams/research;
  • Good written and verbal English skills;
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to successfully work and get things done in teams;
  • Independent work attitude.

Our Institute

The African Studies Centre Leiden is the only multidisciplinary academic knowledge institute in the Netherlands devoted entirely to the study of Africa. It has an extensive library that is open to the general public. The ASCL is an interfaculty institute of Leiden University.

Terms and conditions

We offer a position for 30,4 hours up to 38 hours per week, for a fixed term of 4 to 5 months from 1 June 2018.  Salary range, depending on education and work experience, from €2,161 to max. €2,917 (pay scale 7 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities) gross per month, based on a full-time appointment.


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


Enquiries can be made to Prof. Marleen Dekker and Dr. André Leliveld. A background document on the project is available on request.


Applications should be in English, and be submitted by email to no later than 1 May. Please ensure that you include in ONE single PDF document named ‘FAMILY NAME – Given name – vacancy number and in this order:

  • A letter of motivation;
  • A resume;
  • One piece of work (chapter, conference paper, working paper or article).

The selection procedure will take place between 2 May and 4 May 2018, and selected candidates will be invited for an interview that will take place on 7 May 2018.