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Postdoctoral Researcher States in Shock: Adaptive Capacities of States to Transboundary Crises

Vacancy number
22-793 13226
Job type
Academic staff
Hours (in fte)
External/ internal
Den Haag
Placed on
29 November 2022
Closing date
8 January 2023 Vacancy closed

The Institute of Public Administration and Institute of Security and Global Affairs are looking for a colleague for the position of

Postdoctoral Researcher for their recently acquired project grant from the Dutch Science Council (NWO) States in Shock: Adaptive Capacities of States to Transboundary Crises (grant number 406.21.RB.005).
Vacancy number: 22-793 13226

Job description
In the past twenty to thirty years, national states have endured a series of transboundary crises that shook the very foundations of their sovereignty. How have state administrative systems responded to these crises and external shocks? And to what extent did states successfully adapt to an environment that harbors such complex threats? The project pursues three objectives: (1) examine whether and how different transboundary crises affect the administrative systems of different national states; (2) comparatively analyze the effects of national political institutions and conditions on national states’ capacity to respond to transboundary crises; and (3) examine to what extent the changes within the state administrative systems in the wake of transboundary crises are substantial or symbolic. Combining three theoretical perspectives - organizational agendas, crisis-reform theory, and the politics of structural choice - we will develop longitudinal, cross-national, and cross-sectoral models and test the effects of transboundary crises and political constellations on administrative adaptation within the national state administrations of four European countries between 1980 and 2022.
Key responsibilities

  • The postdoctoral researcher will work on project objectives 1 and 2 – as to examine whether and how different transboundary crises affect the administrative systems of different national states and statistically analyze the effects of national political institutions and conditions on national states’ capacity to respond to transboundary crises;
  • The researcher’s main tasks are to
  • extend and combine existing datasets of national administrative systems
  • assemble a dataset of transboundary crises and political variables
  • develop theories and test them with comparative and longitudinal models by combining the datasets
  • write academic papers in peer reviewed journals


  • The researcher holds a doctorate (or is about to complete a doctorate) in public administration, political science, organizational sciences, sociology, economics or any other relevant field in the social sciences, with a research agenda that fits one of the main research themes described above.
  • The researcher has demonstrable experience or affinity with advanced quantitative research  and data science methods (API queries, web scraping, etc.) and software packages.
  • The researcher has a record of publications in national and international scientific journals or demonstrable potential to realize them.
  • The researcher is a team player and like to work with colleagues, who are partly employed at other institutes and faculties.
  • The researcher has excellent, demonstrable verbal and written communication skills in English. Advanced proficiency in Dutch is considered an asset.

Our Faculty/Institute
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.
For more information about the faculty click here.
The postdoctoral researcher will work in a team that spans two institutes within the faculty.
The Institute of Public Administration (IPA) in The Hague is one of the largest and oldest institutions for scientific research and teaching on public administration in the Netherlands. The Institute combines a strong international academic reputation with a central position in international national, regional, and local government institutions, including in The Hague. The Institute consistently receives high appraisals in peer reviews both for its teaching and research programmes. It offers a Dutch-language bachelor programme with two tracks: a Dutch-language master programme in Management of the Public Sector and an English-language master programme in Public Administration. It also participates in various programmes with other faculties, including the master programme in Governance of Sustainability and master programmes in the field of Population Health Management. See also: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/governance-and-global-affairs/institute-of-public-administration.
 The Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) is a scientific institute that focuses on multidisciplinary research and education within the international scientific field of security studies. ISGA analyses and studies issues in a coherent way from their local transnational and global impact. The Institute offers three master programmes, one bachelor programme and several minor programmes, also in cooperation with other institutes and universities. ISGA operates from The Hague, the third major city of the Netherlands, centre of national governance and International City of Peace, Justice and Security. See also: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/governance-and-global-affairs/institute-of-security-and-global-affairs.
Both institutes have received various national and international research grants including several VENI and VIDI grants from the Dutch National Science Organization, and grants for collaborative work from the EU (including ERC grants). In addition, the staff is also active in contract-research and teaching, which involves local and national government but also other public organizations from within Europe.
The postdoctoral researcher be recruited is part of an ambitious and dynamic team of colleagues that wants to further expand the successes of recent years. There is much collaboration across the boundaries of disciplines.

Terms and conditions
We would prefer you to start as soon as possible. The appointment will be under the terms of the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) of Dutch Universities. The appointment (fte 1.0) is in temporary employment for max 36 months.
Salary ranges from € 3.974,00 to € 5.439,00 gross per month (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 %), and training and career development. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. More at https://www.staff.universiteitleiden.nl/human-resources/conditions-of-employment-salary-and-allowance.
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.staff.universiteitleiden.nl/human-resources/conditions-of-employment-salary-and-allowance/salary/30-ruling.
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.

For further inquiries about the vacancy, please contact prof.dr. Kutsal Yesilkagit at the Institute of Public Administration: a.k.yesilkagit@fgga.leidenuniv.nl or prof.dr. Sanneke Kuipers at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs: s.l.kuipers@fgga.leidenuniv.nl.

Please submit online your application no later than 08 January 2023 via the blue button in our application system.
Applicants should submit online a letter of interest accompanied by a CV.
Please ensure that you upload the following additional documents in PDF format:

  • 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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