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PhD / Researcher

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Geplaatst op
28 april 2020
15 juni 2020

Nog 20 dagen om te solliciteren

The Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies has a vacancy for a position as

PhD / Researcher 

Key responsibilities

  • Engage in supervised scientific research that will ultimately result in a doctoral thesis;
  • Carry out a systematic review of scholarly and policy material related to the PhD topic;
  • Submit research output for publication in peer-reviewed international academic journals;
  • Participate in the educational, research related and administrative activities of the Grotius Centre, including the Bachelor courses in international law (in Dutch and English).

Selection criteria

  • Excellent command of Dutch and English;
  • Masters degree (or equivalent) in law, with demonstrated knowledge of public international law. Previous research or working experience in this area is an asset;
  • Demonstrated research skills, as evidenced by a Master thesis and/or relevant publications in scientific journals;
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills in Dutch and English;
  • Strong dedication and commitment to the goals and objectives of the Centre, including a willingness to assist with undergraduate and LLM teaching. Previous teaching experience is an asset;
  • A high sense of initiative, and the ability and willingness to work collaboratively and collegially in a team.

Our organisation
With over 5,000 students and 450 members of staff, Leiden Law School is one of the largest faculties in the Netherlands. Yet, in all its diversity, it is still known for its ability to provide education on a small scale. The Faculty focuses on multi-faceted high-level teaching and research, both nationally and internationally. It does so by working with talented people and stimulating and supporting them in their professional and personal ambitions. The Faculty is housed in the beautifully restored Kamerlingh Onnes Building on the Steenschuur in Leiden. Working for the Leiden Law School means working in an inspiring scientific environment. For more information, see the website.

The Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies (Leiden Law School & Campus Den Haag) (‘the  Centre) is a leading academic institution in the field of international law, which is focused on high-level research, education and training in public international law and global justice. The Centre is part of the Faculty of Law of Leiden University, the oldest University in The Netherlands. It is one Centre in two cities, with homes in Leiden and The Hague. It hosts several international research projects, leading scientific journals (e.g., Leiden Journal of International Law), a regular and two advanced LLM programmes in international law, several International Law Moot Court Competitions (e.g., Telders, ICC), as well as high-quality training courses, Summer Schools, lectures series, seminars and conferences. Research within the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies is part of the Research Programme ‘Exploring the Frontiers of International Law’.

Terms and conditions
The successful applicant will be appointed for a fixed-term period of 4 years. Continuation after the first year is dependent upon an evaluation. The gross monthly salary will range from € 2.325,- per month in the first year, gradually rising to € 2.972,- in the final year (pay scale in accordance with the Collective Agreement of Dutch Universities for academic personnel).

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 information can be found at our website.

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

Enquiries can be made to Sophie Mercer, email

Please submit online your application no later than 15 June 2020 via the blue button in our application system. Applicants should submit an application, including:

  • A CV, setting out relevant experience,
  • A letter of motivation;
  • A PhD research proposal (max. 1500 words, including aims and objectives, method/approach and research plan).

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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