Scholarly Communications Librarian (0,8 fte)

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Scholarly Communications Librarian (0,8 fte)

Leiden University Libraries, Center for Digital Scholarship is looking for a Scholarly Communications Librarian.

Would you like to work at a university that strengthens its Open Science practices to increase its impact on society? Is dissemination of scientific knowledge your passion? And do you enjoy bringing together scientists from various disciplines and giving expert advice? This position is a great challenge for an enthusiastic networker with a heart for scholarly communication and open access publishing.

What you will do
Together with colleagues from the Center for Digital Scholarship (CDS) and the Leiden Open Science program, you help Leiden University to take open access publishing to a higher level. As a Scholarly Communications Librarian, you support our academics in the process of creation, evaluation, distribution, and preservation of research work in an open way. This includes traditional publications, such as articles, book chapters, monographs, and conference proceedings. It also includes other forms of scholarly output, such as data sets, code, preprints, working papers, and blogs.

In close collaboration with the Open Access coordinator, you help implementing strategic goals in academic publishing university-wide. You do this by providing advice and support to Leiden’s researchers and contributing to the ongoing activities, such as training and workshops. You follow international developments in open access and scholarly communication closely and provide information to researchers and university administrators.

In this position you will:

  • Provide training and advice to early-career researchers and senior research staff on various themes pertaining to responsible open access publishing, both domain-specific and university-wide;
  • Review and update the current training materials to meet new norms in the field of academic publishing and open science;
  • Handle queries and requests received by the Open Access team of CDS;
  • Engage in conversation with university academics and act as a publishing steward in their journey to adopting modern key values in scholarly communication and strategic publication;
  • Help raise awareness on publication policies and their practical implementations. Hereby you will contribute to opening up scholarly communication practices, shifting from traditional journals to new forms of sharing research work (preprints, collections, containers, etc.);
  • Support the team in data analysis underlying publication policy advice to faculties and institutes;
  • Identify new developments in publishing practices and translate those to the Leiden context by writing recommendations, reports, or guides;
  • Create and edit professional information using various communication channels such as website, blog and social media;
  • Foster institutional collaborations with departments such as Leiden Research Support, and engage in national and international networks related to scholarly communications.

Where you will work

The UBL offers employees many opportunities to develop. We continuously work towards creating an inspiring, inclusive and diverse work environment in which everyone feels welcome, safe and valued. You will be working within a leading academic library with world-class collections. The focus is on offering reliable, sustainable and innovative services. We do this together with other parties in the Netherlands and abroad. Our fields of activity are broad and diverse, as are our audiences, such as students, teachers and researchers. We provide scientific information for them as a partner in knowledge. UBL is known worldwide for its broad scientific and special collections, which, in addition to their role for education and research, also have an important social and cultural role. Our library locations offer everyone a pleasant study and research environment. Online we are in contact with users from all over the world. Our employees contribute to this together, each from their own background, experience and talent. For more information, also visit our website


You will be appointed at the Center for Digital Scholarship (CDS), a department of Leiden University Libraries (UBL). The CDS provides services related to Open Science such as Open Access Publishing, FAIR data, copyright, the application of digital methods and techniques in close collaboration with faculties and other organizational units. For more information about us, visit the UBL website: .

What you bring
We are looking for someone who can work independently, and is a team player at the same time. Every job is different, so in the beginning we will devote attention to your onboarding. If some of the work activities are new to you, we will look together at what you need, and draw up a development plan. This position is a good fit for you if you recognize yourself in the following:

  • You have an academic education and affinity with an academic work environment;
  • Knowledge of open access, scholarly communications and the regulations and requirements with regard to academic publishing in the open science era;
  • Excellent communication-, teaching-, and advice-giving skills, paired with community engagement experience;
  • Excellent spoken and written Dutch and English;
  • You are analytical, result-oriented and flexible;
  • Data analysis skills are a plus.

If you immediately recognize yourself in this profile, or if do you not quite meet all the requirements, but you believe that this is the right job for you, we look forward to your application!

What we offer
Our goal is to work together to create a transparent and inclusive work environment in which everyone feels welcome and appreciated. Our organization is always evolving and we need your ideas for improvement and innovation to take us further. We want to devote attention to your personal development.

You can count on an enjoyable and responsible job within the socially relevant world of education and research. The University's challenging and international work environment is located just steps away from Leiden’s lively city center. We also want to work with you to devote attention to your health and vitality, for example with the fun activities we organize through Healthy University.

We also offer:

  • An employment contract for the duration of one year with a view to permanent employment. This contract falls under the CLA of Dutch Universities;
  • For a limited period, extending the working hours to full-time is possible;
  • A salary of a maximum € 5929,-- gross per month, based on a full-time appointment (UFO scale 11);
  • A holiday allowance (8%), an end-of-year bonus (8,3%), and an attractive pension scheme at ABP;
  • Flexible working hours: as a standard, you are entitled to a minimum of 29 leave days on the basis of a full-time working week of 38 hours; you can also save for extra leave, for example by working 40 hours a week, and in this way accrue an extra 96 leave hours, or exchange 96 leave hours for a 36-hour week.
  • Lots of options when it comes to secondary employment conditions; we can, for example, discuss options for a sabbatical or paid parental leave. Within our terms of employment individual choices model, you can exchange leave days and/or salary for benefits such as an advantageous sports subscription or bicycle scheme, and we also offer child-care options;
  • If your work allows it, hybrid working is possible within the Netherlands;
  • A home-working allowance (day and internet allowance) and attention for good workplaces.

For more information about employment conditions, see

What we find important
Promoting an inclusive community is central to Leiden University’s values and vision. Leiden University aims to be an inclusive community in which all students and staff members feel valued and respected, and are able to develop to their full potential. Diversity in experiences and perspectives enriches our teaching and strengthens our research. High-quality education and research means inclusive education and research.

Want to apply or find out more?
If you want to apply straight away, click the application button.

If you would like more information about what the job entails, please contact Alenka Princic, Head of Centre for Digital Scholarship, at [email protected] . You can apply until 27th of May, 2024.

To help us get to know each other better, we follow a number of steps in the application procedure. For more information, see

  • We believe mobility is very important. That is why we are also publishing this vacancy internally. In case of equal suitability, we will give priority to the internal candidate.
  • A pre-employment screening (references, diplomas, certificate of good conduct (VOG)) is part of the selection procedure.
  • Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated. If you nevertheless choose to send us CVs, no righ

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