Back to search results
Header Image

Assistant Professor in Security and Global Affairs

University of Leiden

The Institute of International Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) at Leiden University is looking for an

Assistant Professor in Security and Global Affairs

Key responsibilities

The Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) seeks to expand its academic staff by appointment of an assistant professor with a specialization in international security, conflict studies and qualitative research methods. The applicant must have demonstrated experience in teaching qualitative research methods (e.g., research design, comparative case studies, interview techniques and process tracing). Research areas of interest are international security, international organization, conflict studies, international political economy and international relations theory, migration and the environment. The candidate will be expected to teach across the various programmes of the institute, at Bachelor’s and Master’s level, including the Advanced MSc in International Relations and Diplomacy and the MSc in Crisis and Security Management. The successful applicant will be expected to:

  • Teach qualitative methods courses (qualitative research design & analysis and research design);
  • Teach in at least one of the following areas: international security, international political economy, conflict studies, non-traditional security threats (migration and the environment);
  • Participate in and contribute to the research conducted within ISGA and the faculty of governance and global affairs;
  • Conduct independent research and support the ongoing development and implementation of the research strategy of ISGA;
  • Have excellent command and teaching experience in English-taught courses;
  • Take on administration tasks (such as participating in committees related to the institute and its programs);
  • Supervise theses and capstone projects;
  • Have been successful in grant acquisition or show promise to develop high-quality research grant applications.

Selection criteria

  • PhD degree in political science, international relations, conflict or security studies or a closely related academic area;
  • Outstanding research qualities manifested in an established or developing publication record that includes publications in international peer-reviewed journals;
  • Demonstrable excellence in research-led teaching;
  • Excellent network in the area of international relations and international organization, security studies or global affairs;
  • Demonstrable commitment to the public and political debate related to core issues of security and global affairs;

Our organisation

Faculty Governance and Global Affairs (FGGA) studies current topics such as climate change, terrorism and economic crises. With her interdisciplinary approach, the faculty connects with the surrounding national and international organisations.

The Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) is a scientific institute that focuses on multidisciplinary research and education within the international field of security studies. ISGA operates from The Hague, the third major city of the Netherlands, centre of national governance and International City of Peace, Justice and Security.

Terms and conditions

We offer a full time position initially for one year, with the possibility of renewal and the intention to turn the position into a permanent one, based on need, funding and performance. Salary range from €3,637.- to €4,978.-  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 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 at Job application procedure and employment conditions.

Leiden University’s policy is aimed at promoting employment mobility within the University. In this context, if you have a permanent contract, you will be appointed for a period of four years. Naturally this means that Leiden University shares with you the responsibility for finding a suitable continuation of your career after this period, either in the same position or in a position elsewhere. 


Leiden University requires teaching staff to obtain the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ). 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 Sanneke Kuipers, Director of Education, email:, or to Joachim Koops, Scientific Director Professor, email:


Please submit online your application no later than 10 December 2019 via the blue button in our application system. Applicants should submit online. Please ensure that you upload the following additional documents

  • Motivation letter;
  • Curriculum vitae including a list of publications;
  • Two sample publications in English;
  • The names and addresses of three potential referees (please do not submit reference letters at this stage). 

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

Location: Leiden - Netherlands
Salary: €3,637 to €4,978
£3,234.75 to £4,427.44 converted salary* gross per month
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 15th November 2019
Closes: 10th December 2019
Job Ref: 19-512
We value your feedback on the quality of our adverts. If you have a comment to make about the overall quality of this advert, or its categorisation then please send us your feedback
Show all jobs for University of Leiden …
Advert information

Type / Role:

Subject Area(s):


* Salary has been converted at the prevailing rate on the date placed
Job tools

Browser Upgrade Recommended has been optimised for the latest browsers.

For the best user experience, we recommend viewing on one of the following:

Google Chrome Firefox Microsoft Edge