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Assistant Professor with expertise on the psychology of terrorism and radicalisation (1.0 FTE)

Vacancy number
22-388 11948
Job type
Academic staff
Hours (in fte)
External/ internal
Den Haag
Placed on
21 June 2022
Closing date
1 July 2022 Vacancy closed

Faculty Governance and Global Affairs, Institute of Security and Global Affairs
The Institute of Security and Global Affairs is looking for an

Assistant Professor (1.0 FTE)

The Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) of Leiden University seeks to expand its academic staff by appointing an assistant professor with expertise on the psychology of terrorism and radicalisation.

Key responsibilities
The Institute seeks to expand its academic staff by appointing an assistant professor with a specialisation in terrorism and political violence. To further strengthen TPV’s ability to study terrorism and counterterrorism from a variety of analytical and disciplinary perspectives, we are specifically and exclusively looking for candidates with a background in psychology, a solid grasp of quantitative methodologies, and a strong track-record of applying such knowledge and skills to terrorism and extremism-related subjects. Candidates must be able to demonstrate topical expertise on the onset and outcomes of radicalization processes, the risk and protective factors correlated with both, and the specific role that mental-health issues can play in these processes. Candidates who can show an ability to develop research and funding proposals as well as courses for both students and professionals on these and related subjects, are especially encouraged to apply.

The successful applicant will be expected to:
•    Develop and teach courses related to terrorism and political violence as well as security studies more broadly, to students from a diversity of academic backgrounds;
•    Conduct independent research on topics related to terrorism and political violence and support the ongoing development and implementation of the research strategy of the Institute;
•    Participate in professional-learning courses to maximize the societal impact of academic research and ensure its relevance beyond the academy;
•    Engage in the public debate on terrorism and political violence;
•    Continue to build an (inter)national network that includes academics as well as policymakers and practitioners working on topics related to terrorism and political violence;
•    Supervise thesis and capstone projects;
•    Tutor students by providing mentoring and advice;
•    Acquire and manage research funding and/or training projects from third-party sources, such as the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) or the European Union;
•    Actively contribute to the renewal and ongoing improvement of educational practices at Bachelor’s and Master’s level.

Selection Criteria
•    PhD degree in Psychology or a related field, preferably acquired while conducting doctoral work on terrorism, radicalisation, or a related subject;
•    Specific expertise on radicalization processes, particularly understanding their onset and variety of outcomes;
•    Outstanding research qualities demonstrated through an established publication record;
•    Experience in research-led teaching;
•    Demonstrable passion for education;
•    Excellent command of English; Command of Dutch is not a requirement but will be seen as a benefit;
•    Established network with professionals working in the field of security and global affairs, counter-terrorism and /or safety and justice.
Leiden University

This position is situated within Leiden University’s Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA), part of the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs (FGGA).

Science for and about society is the domain of the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs (FGGA). FGGA provides high-quality interdisciplinary education and research on social and governance issues such as terrorism, organisation of public administration, climate change and economic crises.

Contemporary issues are approached from an administrative, political, economic, legal and sociological perspective. This interdisciplinary approach gives the faculty's education and research a cross-border character. 
The Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs (FGGA) is one of the seven faculties of Leiden University and is based in The Hague.

The FGGA is a young, enterprising and innovative organisation that is growing rapidly. The faculty has three scientific institutes, two centres, 3500 students and 330 staff members.
See: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/governance-and-global-affairs/institute-of-security-and-global-affairs 

Research group Terrorism and Political Violence
The appointment is specifically within ‘Terrorism and Political Violence’ (TPV), one of the research groups at the heart of ISGA. TPV is among the few dedicated European centres for research on terrorism and related subjects such as radicalization, (online) extremism and political violence more broadly. Over the coming years, TPV aims to continue conducting internationally recognized research and high-quality teaching for both students and professionals.

Terms and conditions
The position starts as soon as possible, preferably by 1 September 2022. The appointment will initially be made on a temporary basis of  1 year. 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 € 3,821 to € 5,230 gross per month (pay scale 11 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Excellent benefits
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. More at https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/working-at/job-application-procedure-and-employment-conditions

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.

Diversity and inclusion are core values of Leiden University. Leiden University is committed to becoming an inclusive community which enables all students and staff to feel valued and respected and to develop their full potential. Diversity in experiences and perspectives enriches our teaching and strengthens our research. High quality teaching and research is inclusive.

Enquiries can be made to Dr. Bart Schuurman, b.w.schuurman@fgga.leidenuniv.nl, +31 (0)70 800 9347.

Please submit online your application no later than 01 July 2022 via the blue button in our application system.
Please ensure that you upload the following additional documents in PDF format, quoting the vacancy number:
•    Motivation letter;
•    Curriculum vitae including a list of publications;
•    A sample publication;
•    The names and addresses of three potential referees.
Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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