Position 1: PhD Position in the NWO project: Unravelling East Africa’s Early Linguistic History

About the project:

The PhD candidate will be working on a subproject within the project Unravelling East Africa’s Early Linguistic History, funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), and directed by Dr. Maarten Mous (professor of African linguistics at Leiden University).


  • An MA in Linguistics or similar subject that contained training in the comparative method. Affinity with Cushitic linguistics;
  • Experience in historical linguistic research;
  • Demonstrable knowledge of or interest in Cushitic and East Africa’s linguistic past;
  • Well-developed research skills, including the ability to formulate creative research questions, descriptive and analytical skills, and a clear and persuasive style of writing;
  • Excellent competence in English;
  • Independent thinker and team player;
  • Demonstrable experience of or the potential to engage with wider/non-academic community and generate research impact beyond the strictly academic context;
  • Ability to finish the proposed PhD research in 4 years;
  • The research should result in a doctor’s degree from the Faculty of Humanities of Leiden University under the supervision of Professor Maarten Mous and a second supervisor to be determined later.
Position 2: PhD Candidate: Graphene liquid cells for electron microscopy of biological systems

About the Project:

The PhD position is available immediately at the Leiden Institute of Chemistry in the group of Dr. Gregory Schneider and in direct collaboration locally with Prof. Alexander Kros (vesicle fusion) and with world leading groups in electron microscopy and biology. The purpose of this project is to design and fabricate a series of biocompatible graphene liquid cells for the electron microscopy of biological phenomena in real time.


  • A master’s degree in science, preferably material science (EM) or chemistry with excellent grades;
  • Excellent proficiency in English;
  • Strong knowledge and skills in organic chemistry and organic synthesis;
  • Keen interest in carrying out research with creative ideas and be able to work independently. The candidate must be strongly interested to expand his or her horizons beyond the specific field of the master studies;
  • PhD research needs to start before December 2019.
Quick Overview————-
Organization University of Leiden
Fellowship Level Doctoral
Country Netherlands
Subject areas Science, Biology, Biotechnology, Humanities
Fellowship amount Varies
Eligibility Master’s degree in relevant subject
Deadline Varies

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