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Assistant Professor of War, Peace and Justice

University of Leiden - Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA)

The Institute of Security and Global Affairs of the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs is inviting applications for an

Assistant Professor of War, Peace and Justice 

Key responsibilities
Leiden University’s Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) is inviting applications for a full-time Assistant Professor position of War, Peace and Justice. The successful candidate will have demonstrable research interests in issues and themes related to War, Peace and Justice as well as a strong teaching background in methods and research design as well as thematic topics related to the Institute’s BA and MA programme offerings. The position is aimed at strengthening the Institute’s teaching, publication, research and grant-acquisition capacities in a phase of rapid growth of student numbers and exciting interdisciplinary research opportunities. The successful applicant will be part of an ambitious and dynamically growing Institute and is expected to:

  • conduct independent and team-led research in the fields of War, Peace and Justice, broadly defined, including topics related to war studies, peacekeeping, peacebuilding and the responsibility to protect, national, European and international organizations’ approaches to peace and security, human rights and (global) justice; an interest in issues related to gender, peace and security is considered an asset;
  • support the ongoing development and implementation of the research strategy of ISGA by publishing in leading international outlets and by attracting research grants;
  • teach qualitative and quantitative methods courses (qualitative research design & analysis and research design);
  • teach in the BA and/or Minor and MA programmes as needed (BA in Security Studies, MSc in Crisis and Security Management, Minor in Global Affairs);
  • contribute to the development of new courses or programme offerings at BA, MA or executive training level;
  • contribute to the development of research groups and the Institute via administrative service (such as participating in committees related to the institute and its programmes);
  • supervise theses and capstone projects.

Selection criteria

  • PhD degree in Political Science, War Studies, International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies, Security Studies or a closely related field;
  • Strong research qualities manifested in an established or developing publication record that includes publications in international peer-reviewed journals in areas related to war, peace and justice;
  • Demonstrable experience in and passion for research-led teaching;
  • Applicants must be able to teach in English;
  • Interest and ability to work in an interdisciplinary context;
  • Ability to connect academic research to policy-oriented impact;
  • Strong policy 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
The Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs, located in The Hague – the International City of Peace and Justice – offers a range of other programs focused on international relations, security, international law and international organization. It also hosts the Leiden University College (LUC), an international honors college of Leiden University situated The Hague. Firmly rooted in the academic tradition, the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs provides an inspiring and challenging education and research environment, with a strong interdisciplinary character and international orientation; it is a meeting place for students, scholars and professionals, a platform for innovation and entrepreneurship.

The Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) is a leading research and education institute, focusing on the most pressing local, national, European and global security issues from an interdisciplinary perspective. It currently hosts more than 100 academic and support staff members and offers the BA in Security Studies, the MSc in Crisis and Security Management, the Advanced MA in International Relations and Diplomacy, the executive MSc in Cyber Security as well as a variety of innovative teaching offerings in the professional and MOOC fields. In addition, ISGA runs popular Minor Programmes in Global Affairs, Security, Safety and Justice and Intelligence Studies as well as the Faculty’s Honour Programme in Security and Global Affairs.

Terms and conditions
We would prefer you to start by 1 August 2021 at the latest. The appointment will be under the terms of the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) of Dutch Universities. The appointment will initially be for one year, with the possibility and intention to turn the position into a permanent one, based on funding and performance. The salary varies, depending on qualifications and experience, from  3.746,- to  5.127,- gross per month based on full-time employment  (pay scale 11 for Assistant professor).

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. 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 (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 Professor Joachim Koops, email

Please submit online your application no later than 20 March 2021 via the blue button in our application system. Applicants should submit the following 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).

Acquisition following this advertisement is not appreciated.

Location: Leiden - Netherlands
Salary: €3,746 to €5,127
£3,300.49 to £4,517.25 converted salary* gross per month
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 3rd February 2021
Closes: 20th March 2021
Job Ref: 21-046
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