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

Assistant Professor in Conflict Resolution and International Organization Vacancy number: 22-795 13228


Background and Key responsibilities
Leiden University’s Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) is inviting applications for a full-time Assistant Professor position in Conflict Resolution and International Organization. The successful candidate will have demonstrable research record in themes related to the vacancy and a strong teaching background in methods and research design as well as in topics related to the Institute’s Bachelor’s and Master’s programme offerings. The position is aimed at strengthening the Institute’s teaching, research and grant-acquisition capacities in a phase of growth and exciting interdisciplinary research opportunities.


The successful applicant will be part of an ambitious and dynamically growing Institute and is  expected to:

  • conduct independent research in the fields of conflict resolution and international organization, including topics related to international institutions and global governance;
  • support the ongoing development and implementation of the ISGA’s research strategy by publishing in leading international outlets and by attracting research grants;
  • teach in the advanced MSc programme International Relations and Diplomacy;
  • teach in the MSc in Crisis and Security Management, or the minor in Global Affairs;
  • be able to teach qualitative or quantitative methods courses ;
  • contribute to the development of new courses or programme offerings at the graduate or undergraduate level;
  • participate in committees related to the Institute and its programmes;
  • supervise theses.

Selection Criteria

  • PhD degree in Political Science, International Relations, International Organization, 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 broadly related to international relations, international organization and conflict resolution;
  • Demonstrable experience in - and passion for - research-led teaching;
  • Applicants must be able to teach in English;
  • Ability to connect academic research to policy-oriented impact;
  • Strong policy network in the area of international relations, international organization or conflict resolution more generally;
  • Demonstrable commitment to contributing to public debate related to core issues of conflict resolution and international institutions.

The department is located in The Hague. The candidate must live in (or relocate to) The Netherlands for the duration of the contract.


Our organisation
Science for and about society is the domain of the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs (FGGA). FGGA provides high-quality interdisciplinary education and research on social and governance issues such as terrorism, organisation of public administration, climate change and economic crises.


Contemporary issues are approached from an administrative, political, economic, legal and sociological perspective. This interdisciplinary approach gives the faculty's education and research a cross-border character.

The Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs (FGGA) is one of the seven faculties of Leiden University and is based in The Hague.


The FGGA is a young, enterprising and innovative organisation that is growing rapidly. The faculty has three scientific institutes, two centres, 3500 students and 330 staff members.

For more information about the faculty click here.


Institute of Security and Global Affairs
The Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) is a scientific institute that focuses on multidisciplinary 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 operates from The Hague, the third major city of the Netherlands, center of  national governance  and International City of Peace, Justice and Security


For further information, visit https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/governance-and-global-affairs/institute-of-security-and-global-affairs


Terms and conditions
The envisaged starting date for this position is 1 April 2023 or earlier. 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 of turning the position into a permanent one, based on funding and performance.


The salary varies, depending on qualifications and experience, from € 3.974,00  to € 5.439,00  gross per month based on full-time employment (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. 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


Leiden University requires teaching staff to obtain the University Teaching Qualifications (UTQ). If the successful applicant does not already possess this qualification or its equivalent, he/she must be willing to obtain it within two years of appointment.


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.


Enquiries about the position can be made via email to the chair of the search committee, Prof. dr. Madeleine Hosli at m.o.hosli@fgga.leidenuniv.nl


Please submit online your application no later than 9 January 2023 via the blue button in our application system. Interviews with selected candidates are expected to be held in the first half of February 2023.

Applicants should ensure to submit the following documents:

  • Motivation letter;
  • Curriculum vitae including a list of publications;
  • Two letters of recommendation

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.