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Assistant Professor of Political Science

Vacancy number
19-143 6173
Function type
Academic staff
Hours (in fte)
1.0 fte
External/ internal
The Hague , Leiden
Placed on
28 March 2019
Closing date
24 April 2019 Vacancy closed

The Institute of Political Science of Leiden University’s Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences invites applicants for the position of 

Assistant Professor of Political Science (1.0 FTE)

Key responsibilities
Due to the continued growth of our programme, we are looking to hire 5 assistant professors of political science. The appointment includes teaching introductory and advanced courses reflecting the candidate’s expertise, supervising MSc and BSc theses, conducting scholarly research, acquiring external research funding, and participating in the intellectual and administrative life of the Institute (i.e., department). It could also include teaching general introductory courses, working groups, and co-supervising PhD theses.

All applicants should be well trained in one or more of the major sub-disciplines of political science (or a cognate discipline) and in research methods appropriate to their field and interests; applicants trained in a cognate discipline must be able to demonstrate their familiarity with political science. All applicants must be qualified to teach in one or more of the following areas: international law, international political economy, global history, comparative public policy and policy evaluation; international environmental politics, international conflict resolution. Applicants who are also prepared to teach research design, qualitative or quantitative research methods should outline their relevant training and teaching experience in their applications.

Selection criteria

  • Applicants must hold (or be near to completing) a PhD in Political Science or a cognate discipline.
  • Applicants must have a promising research agenda, some scholarly publications, teaching experience and good teaching evaluations.
  • Applicants must be able to teach in English; ability to teach in Dutch is a plus. Staff who do not speak Dutch upon appointment are required to progress steadily toward at least a B1 level (CEFR) through training financed by the institute.
  • 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, s/he must obtain this qualification within two years.

Research at our Faculty/Institute 
Leiden University’s 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. Its teaching and research programmes cover diverse topics varying from adoption to political behaviour. For more information, see https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/social-behavioural-sciences

The Institute of Political Science has a strong research tradition in various areas of comparative, Dutch and international politics, as well as political theory. The Institute has around 80 academic staff, including many non-Dutch scholars, and houses a number of editorships of international refereed journals and book series. 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 principally in Leiden but also has offices nearby in The Hague, where a large part of the teaching is done.

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 one-year MSc programme (taught mostly in English) includes five specialisations in Leiden and one in The Hague.

Terms and conditions
The position starts as soon as possible, preferably by September 2019. 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 (including teaching, research and administration) and the budgetary situation of the Institute. The salary ranges from € 3,637 to € 4,978 gross per month (pay scale 11 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with an additional holiday bonus (8% of annual salary) and end-of-year bonus (8.3% of annual salary), 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. More at https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/working-at/job-application-procedure-and-employment-conditions.

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

Further enquiries can be directed to dr. Francesco Ragazzi, email: f.ragazzi@fsw.leidenuniv.nl

Please submit online your application no later than 23:59 CET on 24 April 2019 via the blue button above of our application system. Applicants should submit online a letter of interest, a CV (with list of publications), a research statement covering their current and future research agenda, a sample paper or article, and a statement of teaching interests and experience including sample syllabi and/or teaching evaluations. Applicants should also ask two people to submit recommendation letters commenting on their professional qualifications and suitability for the position directly (i.e. not through the applicant) with 'Assistant Professor' in the subject line to: vacature_powe@fsw.leidenuniv.nl.

The selection procedure will take place in May-June 2019. Selected candidates will first be invited for an online pre-interview; some will then be invited for in-person interview and research talk. You are kindly requested to be available in this period. 

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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