Assistant Professor of International Relations
- Vacancy number
- Function type
- Academic staff
- Hours (in fte)
- 3 positions, 1.0 FTE
- External/ internal
- Placed on
- 23 January 2018
- Closing date
- 01 March 2018
The Institute of Political Science of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences invites applicants for the position of Assistant Professor of International Relations (3 positions, 1.0 FTE).
Due to growth in our programme, we are looking for candidates who are qualified to teach introductory and advanced courses in international relations at the BSc and MSc levels, including international relations theory, international security, international political economy, international environmental politics, international law, and other topics. Candidates also qualified to teach the politics of policy-making and policy evaluation should indicate this in their application. The institute’s academic staff are all expected to supervise undergraduate and graduate theses, to acquire external research funding, to contribute to the Institute’s research output, and to participate in the intellectual and administrative life of the Institute.
- Applicants must hold (or be near to completing) a PhD in Political Science with a strong training in international relations;
- Applicants should have a promising research agenda and publications in one or more areas of international relations, plus relevant teaching experience and good teaching evaluations;
- Fluency in English is required; fluency in Dutch at the time of appointment is desirable but not required. Candidates are expected to be able to communicate with staff and students in Dutch within three years of appointment;
- Leiden University requires teaching staff to hold its Basic Teaching Qualification. If the successful applicant does not already possess this qualification or its equivalent, she/he must obtain it within two years.
The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences comprises four institutes: Education and Child Studies, Political Science, Psychology and Cultural Anthropology & Development Sociology. The Faculty also includes the Centre for Science and Technology Studies. The Faculty is home to 5,000 students and 600 members of staff. Our teaching and research programmes cover diverse topics varying from adoption to political behaviour.
The Institute of Political Science has a strong research tradition in various areas of comparative, Dutch and international politics, as well as political theory. Its research programme focuses on the design, workings and implications of political institutions, broadly defined, though individual members of staff pursue research projects within and beyond this theme. The Institute consistently receives high peer-reviewed ratings of its teaching and research programs. It has over 40 academic staff, including many non-Dutch scholars, and houses a number of editorships of international refereed journals. Members of the institute are also involved in a number of the university’s multi-disciplinary research centres, including Central and East European Studies, International Relations, Parties and Representation, and Political Philosophy. The Institute is based in Leiden but also teaches at the university’s campus in The Hague (12 minutes away by train).
The Institute offers a range of taught programmes at the Bachelor and Master levels and also trains PhD students in political science. The BSc programmes include general Political Science (in Dutch & English, in Leiden), International Politics (in Dutch & English, in Leiden), and International Relations and Organisations (in English, in The Hague). The MSc programme (taught mostly in English) includes four specialisations taught in Leiden (International Politics; Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict; Parties, Parliaments and Democracy; Political Legitimacy and Justice) and two specialisations taught in The Hague (International Organisation; Dutch Politics).
Terms and conditions
The position starts in September 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter. The appointment will be made on a temporary contract of up to 6 years, depending upon prior experience. A permanent appointment may be possible during or after the term of the initial contract, depending upon performance and the budgetary situation of the Institute. Salary range from €3,475 to €4,757 gross per month (pay scale 11 in accordance with the collective employment agreement of Dutch universities).
Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development. 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 requires teaching staff to obtain the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ). If the successful applicant does not already possess this qualification or its equivalent, he/ she must be willing to obtain this Qualification within two years.
Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.
Inquiries can be directed to Dr. Niels van Willigen, chair of the selection committee.
See also “Further information”.
More vacancies via https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/vacancies.
Please submit online your application via the blue button of our application system. Applicants should submit online a letter of interest, a cv (with list of publications), a research statement covering current and future research agenda, a sample paper or article, and a statement of teaching interests and experience including sample syllabi or teaching evaluations. All documents, including recommendation letters, should be in English.
Applicants should also ask three people to submit recommendation letters commenting on their professional qualifications and suitability for the position directly (i.e. not via the applicant) by email with “IR applicant” in the subject line, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The selection procedure will take place in March/April/May. Selected candidates will first be invited for an online pre-interview; some will be invited for in person interview and job talk. You are kindly requested to be available in this period.
Inquiries from agencies are not appreciated.