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Assistant Professors

Vacancy number
Function type
Academic staff
Hours (in fte)
1.0 FTE, 3 positions
External/ internal
Internal, External
Placed on
08 May 2018
Closing date
01 June 2018

4 more days to apply

The Institute of Political Science of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences is looking for Assistant Professors (3 positions of 1.0 FTE).


Key responsibilities

Due to growth in our programme, we are looking for candidates who are qualified to teach introductory and advanced courses at the BSc and MSc levels in any one of the following areas:

1. Environmental Politics and Policy. Applicants should be qualified to teach BSc and MSc courses on the national and international politics of environmental protection, as well as general MSc courses on the politics of policy-making and on the politics and methods of policy evaluation. The ability to teach in another sub-field of political science is advantageous but not required.

2. Politics of the Middle East. Applicants should be qualified to teach BSc and MSc courses on Middle East politics at the national and regional levels, in addition to introductory courses in comparative politics, international relations or another sub-field of political science.

3. Politics of Africa. Applicants should be qualified to teach BSc and MSc courses on African politics at the national and regional levels, in addition to introductory courses in comparative politics, international relations or another sub-field of political science.

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.

Selection criteria

  • Applicants must hold (or be near to completing) a PhD in Political Science or a cognate discipline with advanced training in their area(s) of specialisation;
  • Applicants should have a promising research agenda and publications in their area(s) of specialisation, 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;

Our Faculty/Institute

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Science 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 3 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 and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. 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.


Enquiries can be made to Professor Petr Kopecky, chair of the selection committee.
See also “Further information”.


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, a statement of teaching interests and experience including sample syllabi or teaching evaluations, and full contact details for three people who could provide references on the applicant’s professional qualifications and suitability for the position. Please note that shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide 3 letters of recommendation on short notice. All documents should be in English.
The selection procedure will take place in June. Selected candidates will first be invited for an online pre-interview; some will be invited for in person interview and job talk in the last week of June.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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