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Assistant Professor of European Politics

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15 september 2020
21 oktober 2020

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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

Key responsibilities
We are looking to hire an Assistant Professor in European Politics for a two year temporary position. The appointment includes teaching introductory and advanced courses on the European Union, supervising MSc and BSc theses, conducting scholarly research and participating in the intellectual and administrative life of the Institute (i.e., department). The successful candidate would be specialized in the study of the European Union and in research methods appropriate to this field.

Selection criteria

  • Applicants must hold a PhD in Political Science;
  • Applicants must have a promising research agenda, some scholarly publicatons, teaching experience and good teaching evaluations;
  • Applicants must be able to teach in English; ability to teach in Dutch is a plus.

Our organisation
The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences comprises five institutes: Education and Child Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Cultural Anthropology & Development Sociology and the Centre for Science and Technology Studies. The Faculty is home to 5,000 students and 600 members of staff. Our teaching and research programmes cover diverse topics varying from adoption to political behaviour. For more information, see the website.

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 80 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, and Political Philosophy. The Institute is based principally in Leiden but also has offices nearby in The Hague, where a large part of the teaching is done.

The Institute offers a range of taught 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 as soon as possible, preferably by January 2021. We offer a full-time position for initially one year and upon satisfactory performance to be extended for one more year.
Salary range from €
 3.746,- to  5.127,- 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 %) and 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. For more information, see the website.

Leiden University requires teaching staff to obtain the University Teaching Qualification. 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.

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

Enquiries can be made to Nikoleta Yordanova, email

Please submit online your application no later than 21 October 2020 via the blue button of our application system. Applicants should submit online:

  • A letter of interest;
  • A CV (with 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;
  • A sample paper or article;
  • Applicants should also ask two people to submit recommendation letters commenting on their professional qualifications and suitability for the position directly (i.e. not through the applicant) with 'Assistant Professor' in the subject line to vacature_powe@fsw.leidenuniv.nl.

The selection procedure will take place in November 2020. Selected candidates will first be invited for an online pre-interview (in the week of 2 – 6 November); some will then be invited for subsequent interview, if possible in-person (most likely scheduled between 11 – 17 November). You are kindly requested to be available in this period.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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