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The Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) at Leiden University is inviting applications for an Assistant Professor in Intelligence and Security. 

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 Intelligence and National Security.

The successful candidate will have a demonstrable research record in themes related to the vacancy and a strong teaching background in intelligence and security, or a related field, 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 intelligence and security studies.
  • support the ongoing development and implementation of ISGA’s research strategy by publishing in leading international outlets and by attracting research grants
  • teach in the Master’s programme Crisis and Security Management
  • teach in the Bachelor Security Studies, or the minor Intelligence Studies
  • contribute to the development of new courses or programme offerings at the graduate or undergraduate level;
  • participate in committees related to functioning of the Institute and its programmes;
  • supervise theses;

Selection Criteria

  • PhD degree in International Relations, History, Political Science, Law or any field with a significant bearing on research related to intelligence and security issues.
  • Strong research qualities manifested in an established or developing publication record that includes publications in international peer-reviewed journals in areas broadly related to intelligence and security. We welcome applications from researchers with any research focus that is relevant to the field of intelligence studies, but would be particularly interested in recruiting an applicant with experience researching or teaching Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) techniques.
  • 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 Intelligence and National Security
  • Demonstrable commitment to contributing to public debate related to Intelligence and National Security

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 34,000 students and 7,500 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 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 envisaged starting date for this position is 8 January 2024, but can be determined in consultation with the candidate. The appointment will be under the terms of the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) of Dutch Universities. The appointment will initially be for 1 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 € 4.332 to € 5.929 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.


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


Please submit online your application no later than 8 September 2023 via the blue button in our application system.
Applicants should ensure to submit the following documents:

  • Motivation letter;
  • Curriculum vitae including a list of publications;
  • If shortlisted, at least two references will be requested at interview stage.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.