Cybersecurity Governance, Cybersecurity Regulation
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Doctorate/PhD (EQF 8)
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Faculty Governance and Global Affairs, the Institute of Security and Global Affairs is looking for an Assistant Professor Cybersecurity Governance and/or Cybersecurity Regulation (1. 0 FTE).


Key responsibilities

  • Conduct research in the field of cybersecurity governance and/or cybersecurity regulation, for example focusing on (1) inter-state behaviour; (2) regulatory strategies for cybersecurity (national, international, technical); (3) critical infrastructure protection or (4) intelligence gathering and/or militarization;
  • Disseminate research findings through high-ranking international blind peer review journals, edited volumes, books, whitepapers, conference presentations, policy reports, policy advise and (inter)national popular media;
  • Contribute to securing external funding to support research and other activities; 
  • Teach post-graduate, graduate and/or undergraduate courses related to cybersecurity governance and cybersecurity regulation;
  • Contribute to the development of the undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate curriculum, especially related to cybersecurity governance and cybersecurity regulation;
  • Supervise Master theses and assist in supervising PhD dissertations;
  • Participate in one or more of the Institute’s boards, e.g. the Educational board or the Admissions committee of one of its educational programs;
  • Develop and contribute to global networks in the public, private and education sectors in the field of cybersecurity governance and regulation. This includes acting as a representative at national and international forums;
  • Contribute to public and policy debates on national and global security issues especially pertaining to cybersecurity governance broadly.

Selection criteria

  • A doctorate from an internationally ranked tertiary institution in a relevant field, e.g. security studies, governance, political science, public administration, sociology or law;
  • Extensive knowledge of the field of cybersecurity governance and/or cybersecurity regulation, with a solid track record of published research on this topic;
  • A firm record of published peer-reviewed research, including at least one book and articles in internationally renowned academic journals;
  • A solid record of successfully attracting external funding, including experience in writing and developing funding applications;
  • A multidisciplinary background, and experience with working in multi- or interdisciplinary teams;
  • Experience in teaching undergraduate, graduate and/or post-graduate students, and supervising theses and/or dissertations;
  • Experience engaging in public and policy debates and establishing and maintaining productive networks;
  • Experience doing media outreach, including writing for a non-academic audience in magazines and newspapers;
  • Proficiency in English. Fluency in Dutch is considered an asset, candidates who do not have command of the Dutch language  are expected to commit to acquiring some fluency within a period of two years;
  • 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, she/he must be willing to obtain this Qualification within two years.

Our Faculty/Institute

The Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) is a scientific institute that focuses on interdisciplinary research and education within the international scientific field of security studies. ISGA analyses and studies issues in a coherent way from their local transnational and global impact. 
Researchers at our institute are engaged in interdisciplinary research and teaching within the international scientific field of security studies. The approach to issues of security is glocal, that is to say that the local, national, transnational and global impact are studied and analysed in conjunction with each other.

ISGA is part of the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs and operates from The Hague, the third major city of the Netherlands, center of  national governance  and International City of Peace, Justice and Security.


Terms and conditions

The successful candidate will be part of an ambitious and dynamic team. He or she will initially be appointed for one year with the possibility of renewal based on need, funding and performance.
Salary range from €3,475 to €4,757 gross per month (pay scale 11), in accordance with the Collective Labor 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. Candidates from outside the Netherlands me be eligible for a substantial tax break.



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



For further information please contact Dr Bibi van den Berg.

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