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The Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) of Leiden University is inviting applications for the position of Assistant Professor Cybersecurity Governance (1 fte) with a focus on international cybersecurity and politics. This position is situated within Leiden University’s Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA), part of the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs (FGGA) and based in The Hague.


Key responsibilities
The Institute seeks to expand its academic staff by appointment of an assistant professor with teaching and research expertise in the field of international cybersecurity broadly, with a preference for the political dimension. The successful applicant will be expected to:

  • Develop and teach courses on cybersecurity challenges in the international arena, at Bachelor, Master and post-Master level in various programs at the Institute;
  • Contribute to the development of the undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate curriculum, especially related to cybersecurity governance;
  • Supervise Master theses and assist in supervising PhD dissertations;
  • Conduct research in the field of international cybersecurity and/or international security in/of cyberspace, from a social science or humanities perspective (e.g. political science, public administration, law, sociology, psychology, international relations, science and technology studies, philosophy (of technology) etc.);
  • 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;
  • Participate in one or more of the Institute’s boards, e.g. the Educational board or the Admissions committee or one of its educational programs;
  • Develop and contribute to global networks in the public, private and education sectors in the field of cybersecurity governance. 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 and the international arena.

Selection Criteria
The candidates must have:

  • A PhD degree from an internationally ranked tertiary institution in a relevant field, e.g. political science, public administration, law, sociology, psychology, international relations, science and technology studies, philosophy etc.;
  • Extensive knowledge of cybersecurity challenges inf/for the international arena, especially in relation to politics and governance, with a solid track record of published research on this topic;
  • A record of published peer-reviewed research;
  • A multidisciplinary background, and experience with working in multi- or interdisciplinary teams;
  • Demonstrable excellence in research-led teaching in English-taught courses;
  • Demonstrable passion for education, in and out of the classroom (with a preference for experience with blended learning technologies);
  • An excellent network in the world of academics and professionals in the field of international cybersecurity, both domestically and internationally;
  • Demonstrable commitment to the public and political debate;
  • Experience in government-commissioned research projects, and/or success in grant acquisition, or show promise to develop high-quality research grant applications;
  • Proficiency in English. Fluency in Dutch is considered an asset;
  • 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, (s)he must be willing to obtain this Qualification within two years.

Our organisation
Leiden University is one of Europe's foremost research universities. It is the oldest university in the Netherlands, founded in February 1575, and currently ranks in the top 100 of most international rankings. The University has approximately 23,000 students and 4,000 staff members.


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.


Institute of Security and Global Affairs
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 120 academic and support staff members and offers the BA in Security and Safety Studies, the MSc in Crisis and Security Management, the Advanced MSc 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.

ISGA operates from The Hague, the third major city of the Netherlands, center of national governance and International City of Peace and Justice and advances both theory-informed and policy-oriented research. For further information, visit https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/governance-and-global-affairs/institute-of-security-and-global-affairs


Terms and conditions
The position starts on December 1, 2023. The salary ranges from € 4.332,- to €5.929,- gross per month (pay scale 11 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). The appointment will initially be for 1 year. A permanent appointment may be possible during or after the term of the initial contract, depending upon performance (including teaching, research and administration) and the budgetary situation of the Institute.

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. More at https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/working-at/job-application-procedure-and-employment-conditions


Fostering an inclusive community is a central element of the values and vision 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.

Enquiries about the position can be made via email to the chair of the search committee, Prof. Dennis Broeders, d.w.j.broeders@fgga.leidenuniv.nl

Please submit online your application no later than 31 August 2023 via the blue button in our application system.

Please ensure that you upload the following additional documents in PDF format, quoting the vacancy number:

  • Motivation letter;
  • Curriculum vitae including a list of publications;
  • The names and addresses of three potential referees.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.