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Assistant Professor of Political Science at Leiden University

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    The institute of Political Science of Leiden University’s Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences invites applicants for the position of

    Assistant Professor of Political Science (1.0 fte)
    Vacancy number 5901

    Key responsibilities
    Due to the growth of our programme, we are looking to hire 5 assistant professors of political science. The appointment includes teaching introductory and advanced courses reflecting the candidate’s expertise, supervising MSc and BSc theses, conducting scholarly research, acquiring external research funding, and participating in the intellectual and administrative life of the Institute (i.e., department). It could also include teaching general introductory courses, working groups, and/or co-supervising PhD theses.
    All applicants should be trained in one or more of the major sub-disciplines (e.g., comparative politics, international relations, political philosophy) and in research methods appropriate to their field and interests. All specialisations will be considered, but we are especially interested in applicants working on Asian and Chinese politics and foreign policy, US politics and foreign policy, international environmental politics, international conflict resolution, politics of international law, international political economy, comparative public policy, and political behaviour. Applicants who are prepared to teach research design, qualitative and/or quantitative research methods should outline their relevant training and/or teaching experience in their applications.

    Selection criteria

    • Applicants must hold (or be near to completing) a PhD in Political Science or a cognate discipline;
    • Applicants must have a promising research agenda, some scholarly publications, teaching experience and good teaching evaluations;
    • Applicants must be able to teach in English; ability to teach in Dutch is a plus. Staff who do not speak Dutch are required to progress steadily towards Dutch competence through training financed by the institute;
    • Leiden University requires teaching staff to obtain the University Teaching Qualification (BKO). If the successful applicant does not already possess this qualification or its equivalent, s/he must obtain this qualification within two years.

      Our Faculty/Institute
      The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences comprises four institutes: Education and Child Studies, Political Science, Psychology and Cultural Anthropology & Development Sociology. The Faculty also includes 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 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 in Leiden but a large and growing part of the teaching is done nearby in The Hague.

      The Institute offers a range of taught programmes at the Bachelor and Master levels and 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 four specialisations in Leiden and two in The Hague.

      Terms and conditions
      The position starts as soon as possible, preferably in January 2019. The appointment will be made on a temporary contract of up to 3 years depending upon prior experience. A permanent appointment may be possible during or after the term of the initial contract, depending upon performance (in teaching, research and administration) and the budgetary situation of the Institute. Salary range from € 3,545 to € 4,852 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 %), 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

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

    Further enquiries can be directed to Professor Arjen Boin, chair of the selection committee, email

    Please submit online your application no later than 31 October 2018 via the blue button of our application system. Applicants should submit online a letter of interest, a CV (with list of publications), a research statement covering their current and future research agenda, a sample paper or article, and a statement of teaching interests and experience including sample syllabi and/or teaching evaluations.
    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), to

    The selection procedure will take place in November-December 2018. Selected candidates will be invited for an online pre-interview; some will then be invited for in-person interview and research talk.

    Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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