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Student Assistant for Educational Innovation – vacancy

We’re looking for a Student Assistant for a research project on innovation in education at Leiden Learning & Innovation Centre. 

We’re looking for candidates who are enthusiastic to interview and speak with a variety of stakeholders across the University. Additionally, you should be comfortable working with complex research questions and turning your findings into concise summaries. This position requires both desk work and face-to-face interaction, and it is beneficial if you are comfortable with both.

Who are you?

You’re self-motivated with a genuine interest in researching, writing, editing, and speaking with a diverse group of people. You can easily manage your own time to set and meet deadlines. You adapt swiftly to changes, and love being part of a community. An interest in education – especially innovative education – is useful but not required.


  • Project set-up: Work with us to create a research plan and template(s) for interviews and determine what types of data to collect.
  • Interviews with stakeholders: Reach out to stakeholders in faculties and central departments involved in educational innovation.Conduct interviews and report findings within research framework.
  • Desk research: Use digital resources (e.g., websites, video, etc.) to research available innovation opportunities for teachers and what are common focus areas for innovation projects.
  • Attending events: Attend university events on education (e.g., education festivals)and include findings in reporting (where relevant)
  • Reporting: Summarize and record findings within the research framework. Deliver a report.


  • Excellent writing and editing skills in English, preferably also in Dutch;
  • Comfortable working independently;
  • Able to reach out to different stakeholders and take initiative to meet with staff across Leiden University;
  • Experience doing research using multiple sources;
  • Able to attend meetings in person in Leiden and The Hague, including during the summer months.

Whats in it for you?

  • Be a part of an enthusiastic and collaborative team of doers who deeply care about their work;
  • Build valuable connections in the higher education and innovation;
  • Possibility to expand your responsibilities based on your skill set;
  • Take part in shaping the direction of a multi-year project.


If you are passionate about education and/or innovation and want to be part of a community working to positively impact higher education, we encourage you to apply! Please send your resume and a short cover letter to before Monday 6 March 2023. Selected applicants will be invited for a conversation.  

This position is available for six months with possible extension and is compensated according to the collective labor agreement (CAO) of Dutch universities. Our Centre is currently based in Leiden and The Hague, and we work with a 50% remote working policy. This position requires one day a week in the office, but with flexible timing as agreed upon with your supervisor.