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Assistant Professor of Comparative Politics

Vacancy number
22-199 11303
Job type
Academic staff
Hours (in fte)
External/ internal
Placed on
29 March 2022
Closing date
30 April 2022 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 Comparative Politics (1.0 FTE)  
Vacancy number 11303

Key Responsibilities
We are looking to hire an Assistant Professor in Comparative Politics for a one-year temporary position. The appointment includes teaching introductory and advanced courses on comparative politics, conducting scholarly research in the area of comparative analysis of political systems, institutions and processes, and participating in the intellectual and administrative life of the Institute. 
Selection criteria
•    A PhD in Political Science.
•    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.
Our organisation
The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences conducts high-quality research and offers a broad and disciplinary educational programme, focused on increasing our understanding of current developments in society. The faculty consists of five institutes: Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Cultural Anthropology and Developmental Sociology, Education and Child Studies, Political Science and Psychology. The faculty has approximately 7,000 students and 850 staff members. For more information, please visit the website of the Faculty of Social and 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 85 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, Political Philosophy, Centrum voor Nederlandse Politiek en Bestuur and ReCNTR. 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 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 on 1 September 2022. We offer a full-time position for one year.  Salary range from € 3,821.- to € 5,230.- gross per month on a full-time basis (pay scale 11, in accordance with 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. 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 Dr. Wouter Veenendaal, email: w.p.veenendaal@fsw.leidenuniv.nl.

Please submit online your application no later than 23:59 CET on 30 April 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 May 2022. Videoconferencing interviews will be followed by on-campus interviews for short-listed candidates. You are kindly requested to be available in this period.
Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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