Life science careers in Leiden

A career in the life sciences does not mean you have to be a technician or scientist. There is a great variety of different roles. This short video gives you an impression of such a role, the role of Chemistry Technician.

Chemistry technicians play a fundamental role in testing and evaluating the chemical composition of all sorts of samples. This is, for instance, important throughout the production process of generic drugs like Ibuprofen at Apotex Nederland BV. Production of Ibuprofen requires combining of over ten different chemical compounds.
Chemistry technician Maarten van Marle (Apotex; trained at Hogeschool Leiden, Chemistry Bachelor) is responsible for monitoring the use of qualitative substances in the right quantities.


Knowledge institutions offering life science education in Leiden:


Leiden Bio Science Park has a wide range of research and educational institutions, from vocational level education, to PhDs and postdocs.

Here is a short overview of the relevant education. More detailed information (in Dutch) can be found on the websites of the institutions.

Leiden University
(bachelors program)
Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biology, Life Science & Technology, Molecular Science & Technoloy, Informatics & Biology.

Leiden University, masters programs in Life Sciences
Leiden University, PhD program Graduate School of Science

Leiden University Medical Center
(bachelors program)
Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, Clinical technology

Leiden University Medical Center (masters program)
Leiden University Medical Center (PhD program)
Leiden University Medical Center (Nursing and care education)

Hogeschool Leiden, the university of applied sciences
Biological and medical lab research, Chemistry, Bio-informatics

MBO Rijnland, vocational education and training
Various lab technician studies

Leiden instrumentmakers School, vocational training
Research instrumentmaker studies

Student organizations

Students pursuing careers in science are served by Betabanenmarkt (BBM). BBM consists of a team of enthusiastic students of various science disciplines, and organizes annual job fairs and career orientation events.

For many life science studies at the Leiden Bio Science Park, student associations exist:

Biopharmaceutical Sciences L.P.S.V. ,,Aesculapius''
Chemistry CDL
Physics De Leidsche Flesch
Biology Leidse Biologen Club
Science and Technology SV LIFE
Biomedical Sciences and Medicine MFLS
Applied Lab research and Chemistry Nucleus

Check them out if you want to connect!

Life science education for kids

Science is fun! In Leiden there are several very inspiring initiatives to bring kids from an early age and in the age that they choose their school careers in contact with life science. We mention some: the Leren over leven (Learning about life) program of Technolab, the Junior science lab at the Faculty of Science of Leiden University, and the Leiden Advanced Pre-university Programme for Top students (LAPP-Top) that offers secondary school students extra challenges with short scientific programs in life sciences.