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The Institute of Security and Global Affairs of the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs is looking for an Assistant Professor with a specialisation in Security and the Rule of Law.


Project description 
The appointment is specifically within the research group ‘Terrorism and Political Violence’ (TPV), at the heart of ISGA. TPV is among the few dedicated European centres for research on terrorism and related subjects such as radicalization, (online) extremism and political violence more broadly. Over the coming years, TPV aims to continue conducting internationally recognized research and high-quality teaching for both students and professionals. In order to do so effectively, TPV is looking to expand its academic staff with an Assistant Professor who focuses on the rule-of-law and human-rights related aspects of (counter)terrorism.


Prospective candidates need to demonstrate a clear affinity with the rule-of-law and human-rights related components of security-related developments in (Western) societies. Examples include, but are not limited to, the potential unwanted side-effects of counter-terrorism policies, how expanded capabilities for intelligence and security services can impact citizens’ right to privacy and to what extent rule-of-law based approaches offer solutions for dealing with returning foreign fighters. Expertise specifically related to terrorism and political violence is required, although applicants need not be solely focused on these aspects of security studies.



Key responsibilities

  • Develop and teach courses, at the bachelor and masters level, specifically on security and the rule of law, to students from a range of academic (non-legal) backgrounds;
  • Conduct independent research on topics related to security and the rule of law, specifically within the field of terrorism and political violence;
  • Acquire and manage research funding and/or training projects from third-party sources, such as the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) or the European Union;
  • Participate in professional-learning courses to maximize the societal impact of academic research;
  • Engage in the public debate on security and the rule of law;
  • Conduct thesis supervision;
  • Tutor students by providing mentoring and advice;
  • Continue to develop an (inter)national professional network that spans both academics and policymakers/practitioners;
  • Actively participate in discussions at the institute and research group level on research and teaching innovation.


Selection criteria

  • PhD degree in Political Science, Criminology, Psychology, International Relations, Sociology, History, Public Administration, Law or another field with direct relevance for the vacancy’s focus on security and the rule of law;
  • Outstanding research qualities manifest in an established publication record;
  • Demonstrable excellence in research-led teaching;
  • Demonstrable passion for education, in and out of the classroom (experience with blended learning technologies is a plus);
  • Demonstrable commitment to a close-knit, interdisciplinary academic community;
  • Excellent command of English;
  • Excellent network in the world of professionals in the field of security and global affairs, security and the rule of law, counter-terrorism and /or safety and justice.


Our organisation
The Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs (FGGA) offers academic education in the field of Public Administration, Safety and Security, and International Relations, as well as in-depth post-academic programmes for professionals. In addition, the faculty is also home to Leiden University College. More information: Governance 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 field of security studies. The approach to issues of security is glocal, that is to say that the local, national, transnational and global impact is studied and analysed in conjunction with each other. ISGA operates from The Hague, the third major city of the Netherlands, centre of national governance and International City of Peace, Justice and Security. More information: Institute of Security and Global Affairs.


Terms and conditions
The position starts as soon as possible, preferably by 1 January 2020. We offer a two years term position, with the possibility of renewal based on need, funding and performance. Salary range from €3,637.- to €4,978.- 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. More information: Job application and employment conditions.

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 dr. Bart Schuurman, email, telephone +31 70 800 9347.


Please submit online your application no later than 15 November 2019.

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 contact details of three potential referees (no actual recommendation letters required at this stage). 


Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.