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Assistant Professor of European Politics and Political Economy

Vacancy number
22-649 12963
Job type
Academic staff
Hours (in fte)
External/ internal
Placed on
11 October 2022
Closing date
7 November 2022 Vacancy closed

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

Assistant Professor of European Politics and Political Economy (1.0 FTE)
Vacancy number 22-649 12963

Key responsibilities
We are looking for an Assistant Professor of European Politics and Political Economy, preferably with a specialization in the European political economy of energy and environmental sustainability. The appointment includes teaching introductory and advanced courses in various areas of European politics, political economy at national, European or international level, economics for political scientists, energy and environmental sustainability at the BSc and MSc levels and conducting scholarly research, particularly in the area(s) of European political economy, energy and environmental sustainability. Candidates are also expected to supervise undergraduate and graduate theses, apply for external research funding, contribute to the Institutes research agenda, and participate in the intellectual and administrative life of the Institute.

The Assistant Professor will participate in the Interdisciplinary Europe-focused hub ‘European Approaches to Societal Challenges’ (EASC) and contribute to the further development of this new interfaculty hub on Europe and European Union integration. This is made possible by the initiative of Leiden University to promote and highlight university expertise on themes that cross-faculty lines and disciplines to establish and further develop a focal point for Leiden University researchers, government, journalists and scholars at other universities within and beyond the Netherlands.

 Selection criteria

  • Applicants must hold either (1) a PhD in Political Science or a related discipline, including advanced training in European Politics and Political Economy or (2) a PhD in Political Economy with advanced training in Political Science or a related discipline, including advanced training in European Politics.
  • Applicants must have teaching experience (including big lectures) and good teaching evaluations, a promising research agenda and scholarly publications.
  • Applicants must be able to teach in English; the ability to teach in Dutch is a plus.

About the faculty
The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences consists of five institutes: Education and Child Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology and the Centre for Science and Technology Studies. The faculty has approximately 7,000 students and 1,025 employees. The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences brings together high-quality research and outstanding teaching as well as in multidisciplinary approaches. Please, visit
 the faculty’s website for more information. 

Our Institute
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 85 academic staff, including Dutch and international scholars, and houses several editorships of international refereed journals and book series. Members of the institute are also involved in a number of the university’s multidisciplinary research centres (see https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/social-behavioural-sciences/political-science/research).

The Institute is based in Leiden and in The Hague, where a large part of the teaching is done.

The Institute offers a range of programmes at the Bachelor's and Master's 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 or tracks in Leiden and one in The Hague.

Terms and conditions
The position starts
 preferably in December 2022 but by 1 March 2023 at the very latest. The appointment will be made on a temporary contract of one-and-half years, with the prospect of a permanent appointment afterwards, depending upon performance in teaching, research and administration. The salary range is from 3,974.- to € 5,439.- gross per month, depending on experience (pay scale 11 under 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. 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.

Diversity and inclusion
Fostering an inclusive community is a central element of the values and vision 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.

Further enquiries can be
 directed to prof. Daniel Thomas, email: d.c.thomas@fsw.leidenuniv.nl.


Please submit online your application no later than 23:59 CET on 7 November 2022 via the blue button of our application system. Applicants should submit online a letter of interest, a CV (with a list of publications), a statement of teaching interests and experience including sample syllabi and teaching evaluations, a research statement covering their current and future research agenda, and a sample paper or article. Applicants should also include the names and contact details of two people who can be contacted directly to submit recommendation letters, commenting on the candidate’s professional qualifications and suitability for the position.

The selection procedure will take place in November/December 2022. Videoconferencing interviews for long-listed candidates will be followed by on-campus job talks and interviews for short-listed candidates. You are kindly requested to be available during this period.


Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated

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