Project Assistant


The Naturalis Research Coordination Office is looking for a Project Assistant.

The Naturalis Research Coordination Office (RCO) is hiring! We are looking for a Project Assistant for 16 hours a week for a period of 5 weeks, starting 12 December.



Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden is the Dutch national research institute for biodiversity and systematics. With our collection of 42 million specimens, one of the world's largest natural history collections, and our state-of-the-art research facilities we offer the (inter)national research infrastructure for species, identification and monitoring (for example in the ARISE and DiSSCo projects). We closely collaborate with many Dutch universities, research institutes, industry, and government. We host over 120 researchers including 14 academia embedded professors and 40 PhD students. We present the history of our planet, and the diversity of life on Earth, through permanent and temporary museum exhibitions, educational programmes, and online presence, with more than 400,000 visitors per year. All in all, a unique combination of science and culture in the Netherlands and elsewhere in the world!


As a project assistant in the Research Coordination Office you will be supporting the completion of our annual Management Report of the Research and Education Sector. Task overview:

  • Assess all publications of 2022 in the program Converis and export data to a clear Excel.
  • Collect information on Key Performance Indicators from both the scientific staff and guest researchers. Process the information in a clear Excel spreadsheet.
  • Update the financial overview in the program Smartsheet and convert it to a clear Excel spreadsheet/appendix.

General requirements
and skills

  • Detail oriented
  • Good command of the English and Dutch language
  • Knowledge of Excel


A contract (16 hours a week) for a period of 5 weeks (starting December 12, this includes the winter break) and a monthly salary between €2,395.- and €2,951.- gross per month based on a 36-hour working week.  You also get an allowance for travel expenses, holiday allowance (8%) and year-end bonus (3.4%). The successful candidate will be employed by Naturalis in Leiden. Our institute promotes gender equality and wants to enhance the diversity of staff members.



Applicants are invited to submit their application including a short motivation and cv. Please use this form for your application before December 6, 2022. Feel free to contact Thirza de Kruijff ( with questions about the position or HR ( with questions about the procedure.

Naturalis endorses the Cultural Diversity Code. In the case of equal suitability, preference is given to the candidate who reinforces diversity within the team.