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Assistant Professor Van Vollenhoven Institute

Vacancy number
Function type
Academic staff
Hours (in fte)
1.0 FTE
External/ internal
Placed on
15 December 2017
Closing date
08 February 2018

21 more days to apply

The Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Society (VVI) seeks applicants for the position of an Assistant Professor Van Vollenhoven Institute (1.0 FTE).


Key responsibilities

  • Teaching and developing socio-legal courses in VVI’s academic domain, for the bachelors and masters programmes of Leiden Law School and Leiden University College;
  • Developing new teaching modules for the newly to be established Masters programme ‘Law and Society’. The successful candidate will play a key role in the preparation of this programme;
  • Developing research and conducting research in VVI’s academic domain;
  • Cooperating in the acquisition and management of research and teaching project.

Selection criteria

  • Relevant Master degree in Law, and/or Social Sciences, and/or Humanities;
  • Ph.D. degree directly relevant to VVI’s academic domain and approach;
  • Teaching experience; proven record as good, inspiring teacher;
  • Experience with developing new teaching modules;
  • Experience with socio-legal research on the national and local level in the Global North and/or the Global South;
  • Good publication record commensurate with career stage;
  • Good language skills, including an excellent command of English. Knowledge of Dutch is considered an advantage;
  • Team player with strong proven organizational skills, and relevant networks;
  • Willingness to travel;
  • Leiden University requires teaching staff to obtain the University Teaching Qualification (BKO). If the successful applicant does not already possess this qualification or its equivalent, she/ he must be willing to obtain this Qualification shortly.

Our Faculty/Institute

With over 5,000 students and 450 members of staff, Leiden Law School is one of the largest faculties in the Netherlands. Yet, in all its diversity, it is still known for its ability to provide education on a small scale. The Faculty focuses on multi-faceted high-level teaching and research, both nationally and internationally. It does so by working with talented people and stimulating and supporting them in their professional and personal ambitions. The Faculty is housed in the beautifully restored Kamerlingh Onnes Building on the Steenschuur in Leiden. Working for the Leiden Law School means working in an inspiring scientific environment. For more information, see www.law.leidenuniv.nl.

The Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Society (VVI) is part of the Leiden Law School. The VVI seeks to advance knowledge of the formation and functioning of legal systems in their social contexts, the impact of these systems on society and vice versa, their effectiveness in governance, and their contribution to development.
The Institute adopts a socio-legal and global approach, doing research on law in the books and law in action in Asia (notably Indonesia, China), Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. VVI staff teaches several socio-legal thematic and regional courses for both Dutch and foreign exchange students. In addition, VVI provides PhD supervision, advisory services and training courses to policy makers and practitioners. 

The VVI is preparing a unique, one-year, English-taught Master programme that focuses on the social/scientific study of law and society. The development of this meta-legal Master (expected starting date is 1 September 2020) is a response to the growing societal demand for an empirical approach to law. The programme specifically focuses on the interaction between “law in the books” and “law in action”. Due to the increased complexity of the world we are living in, an interdisciplinary perspective is frequently needed to understand and address societal problems. Nowadays, university graduates are expected to approach complex societal issues from different perspectives and to connect these perspectives when trying to resolve them. The L&S Master is unique in its broad geographical scope (Global North and Global South) and its anthropological/-sociological approach which keeps the study of the law in a central position. 

Terms and conditions

Initial period of employment in this position is for one year, with the intention of renewal conditional based on need, funding and performance. Salary range from €3,475 to €4,757 gross per month on a full-time basis (pay scale 11 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses(8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.


Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.


For information and inquiries regarding this position, please contact Mr. Dennis Janssen.

More vacancies and information via https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/vacancies.


To apply for this vacancy, please submit online your application in English by using the blue button at the top of this text, including:

  • A CV including education and employment history, publications and courses taught;
  • A letter of motivation;
  • A writing sample, representing recent work, of no more than 10.000 words;
  • Names, positions, and email addresses of three referees (no reference letters at this point).

Interviews for this position will be held in the week of 26 February 2018.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.