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The section Intelligence of the institute Institute of Security and Global Affairs of the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs is looking for an


Assistant Professor in Intelligence and Security


Key responsibilities
The Institute seeks to expand its academic staff by appointment of an assistant professor with teaching and research expertise intelligence studies. The successful applicant will be expected to:

  • do academic research and publish in the field of intelligence studies, security studies, and beyond;
  • conduct independent research and support the further and ongoing development and implementation of the research strategy of the Institute, specifically from an intelligence and security perspective;
  • develop and teach courses and programs on intelligence and security related topics in the minor intelligence studies, the track ‘Governance and practice of Intelligence and National Security’, and the BA Security Studies;
  • supervise theses;
  • contribute to the tutorial system of student mentoring and advising;
  • acquisition and project management of research and training projects of third parties.

Selection criteria

  • PhD degree in the humanities or social sciences, specialisation in the field of intelligence studies, security studies, International Relations or a related field, preferably obtained prior to 2016;
  • Demonstrable research in the field of intelligence studies and security studies;
  • Outstanding research qualities manifest in an established or developing publication record;
  • Demonstrable excellence in research-led teaching;
  • Demonstrable passion for education, in and out of the classroom (experience with blended learning technologies);
  • Demonstrable commitment to a close-knit, interdisciplinary academic community.
  • Excellent command of English (and possibly Dutch);
  • Excellent network in the academic world of the intelligence studies and among professionals in the field of intelligence and security.

Our organisation

The Research Group Intelligence and Security studies intelligence from a political, historical, ethical, judicial, and methodological perspective. Our main goal is to improve our understanding of how intelligence and security services operate, how their methodologies can be complemented, and how they are and have been embedded in their broader political, bureaucratic, and societal context – in the Western world and, emphatically, beyond. Research on the judicial, political, governance, historical, and ethical elements of intelligence and security should improve our understanding of how intelligence and security services relate to the broader (democratic) state they are part of. One of our ambitions is to encourage research outside the Anglo-Saxon world, in which intelligence and security in their widest sense are most commonly studied. Our aim is to develop a ‘continental European’ school of intelligence studies, focusing on practices and institutions worldwide.


In order to fulfil these ambitions, we have designated four key areas on which our research focuses.


1. Politics and governance of intelligence and security;
2. The historical perspective on intelligence and security;
3. The judicial, ethical, and societal dimensions of intelligence;
4. Methodology, analysis and collection systems (including the cyber domain).

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 more information, see the website


Terms and conditions
The successful candidate will be part of an ambitious and dynamic team. They will initially be appointed for one year. Depending upon funding and performance, the position will then be extended to a permanent one. Salary range from €.3746,- to € 5.127,- gross per month (pay scale 11, in accordance with 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. 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 Constant Hijzen, email c.w.hijzen@fgga.leidenuniv.nl, telephone +31 70 8009576.


Please submit online your application no later than 15 September 2020 via the blue button on this website. Please ensure that you upload the following additional documents in PDF format:


  • Motivation letter;
  • Curriculum vitae including a list of publications;
  • Two sample publication;
  • The names and addresses of three potential referees.
  • The selection procedure will take place in the period 5 – 19 October 2020. You are kindly requested to be available in his period.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.