Assistant Professor of International Relations and International Law

Leiden University


May 29, 2022



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

Assistant Professor of International Relations and International Law (1.0 FTE) Vacancy number 22-287 11522

Key responsibilities We are looking for an Assistant Professor of International Relations and International Law initially for a one-and-half year temporary position with the prospect of a permanent contract afterwards, depending upon performance. The appointment includes teaching introductory and advanced courses in various areas of international relations at the BSc and MSc levels and conducting scholarly research, particularly in the area(s) of international law, comparative public law, legal theory, and/or human rights. Candidates are also expected to supervise undergraduate and graduate theses, apply for external research funding, contribute to the Institute's research agenda, and participate in the intellectual and administrative life of the Institute.

Selection criteria

  • Applicants must hold either (1) a PhD in Political Science or a related discipline, plus advanced training in law, or (2) a PhD in Law plus advanced training in Political Science or a related discipline.
  • Applicants must have teaching experience (including big lectures) and good teaching evaluations, a promising research agenda and scholarly publications.
  • Applicants must be able to teach in English; the ability to teach in Dutch is a plus.
  • Our organization The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences conducts high-quality research and offers a broad and disciplinary educational programme, focused on increasing our understanding of current developments in society. The faculty consists of five institutes: Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Cultural Anthropology and Developmental Sociology, Education and Child Studies, Political Science and Psychology. The faculty has approximately 7,000 students and 850 staff members. For more information, please visit the website of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences.

    Research at our Faculty/Institute 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 85 academic staff, including many non-Dutch scholars, and houses several editorships of international refereed journals and book series. Members of the institute are also involved in a number of the university's multidisciplinary research centres (see https: // www. science/research).

    The Institute is based in Leiden and in The Hague, where a large part of the teaching is done.

    The Institute offers a range of programmes at the Bachelor's and Master's 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 or tracks in Leiden and one in The Hague.

    Terms and conditions The position starts preferably in September 2022 but on January 1, 2023 at the latest. The appointment will be made on a temporary contract of one-and-half years, with the prospect of a permanent appointment afterwards, depending upon performance in teaching, research and administration. The salary range is from € 3,821.- to € 5,230.- gross per month, depending on experience (pay scale 11 under 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 https: // www. employment-conditions.

    Diversity and inclusion Diversity and inclusion are core values of Leiden University. Leiden University is committed to becoming an inclusive community which enables all students and staff to feel valued and respected and to develop their full potential. Diversity in experiences and perspectives enriches our teaching and strengthens our research. High quality teaching and research is inclusive.

    Information Further enquiries can be directed to prof. Daniel Thomas, email:


    Please submit online your application no later than23:59 CET on 29 May 2022 via the blue button of our application system. Applicants should submit online a letter of interest, a CV (with a 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, and a sample paper or article. Applicants should also include the names and contact details of two people who can be contacted directly to submit recommendation letters, commenting on the candidate's professional qualifications and suitability for the position.

    The selection procedure will take place in June/July 2022. Videoconferencing interviews will be followed by on-campus interviews for short-listed candidates. You are kindly requested to be available in this period.

    Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated

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