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For the Institute of Security and Global Affairs, Faculty Governance and Global Affairs we are looking for an Assistant Professor (1.0 FTE)

Vacancy number 22-484 12344 


The Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) of Leiden University is inviting applications for the position of Assistant Professor. 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.


You will be part of a thriving research and teaching community, that is expanding partially with projects initiated in the national 2022 Social Science Sector Programme.  


The Social Sciences, Humanities, Law and Economics Sciences will implement a cross-sectoral plan with a thematic focus on prosperity, participation and citizenship in a digital world. In this domain, the universities want to contribute optimally to answers to fundamental questions and challenges for society.


This position is building on the Programme Social Resilience and Security — an interdisciplinary, interfaculty collaboration, bringing together key expertise on transgressive behaviours across social research disciplines and key societal stakeholders. We team up with researchers from governance, developmental psychology, child studies, clinical psychology, criminal law, archeology, and humanities. One pillar of the project focuses on suicide and suicide prevention; this project seeks to study suicide from psychology, public health, and violence studies perspectives, using a range of methodologies. The Assistant Professor will be a key member of the team. The position involves substantial research assessing risk and resilience in suicide.

The Assistant Professor will take the lead on many aspects of the project. That includes but is not limited to: planning the research, leading the ethics and data reviews, gathering data, independently conducting the analyses, publishing findings, co-authoring scientific output with the other team members, as well as organizing and participating in conferences. 

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


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

  • Develop and teach courses in violence, with a specific focus on self-directed violence (suicide and suicide prevention) at both Masters and Bachelor levels in various programs of the Institute;
  • Conduct independent research and support the further and ongoing development and implementation of the research strategy of the Institute;
  • Participate in professional-learning courses to maximize the societal impact of academic research and ensure its relevance beyond the academy;
  • Continue to build an (inter)national network that spans both academics and policymakers and practitioners working on topics related to suicide and suicide prevention;
  • Engage in the public debate on interpersonal violence and self-inflicted violence (suicide and suicide prevention);
  • Actively contribute to administrative service and the renewal and ongoing improvement of educational practices at Bachelor’s and Master’s level;
  • Supervision of thesis and capstone projects, contribute to the tutorial system of student mentoring and advising;
  • 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;


 Selection Criteria

  • PhD degree in the social sciences or public health. 
  • Demonstrable research in the field of suicide and suicide prevention;
  • Outstanding research qualities manifest in an established or developing publication record that includes publications in international peer-reviewed journals; 
  • Demonstrable excellence in research-led teaching, in English-taught courses;
  • 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 (both in written and oral form);
  • Strong quantitative skills;
  • Experience in participating in interdisciplinary / multidisciplinary research;
  • Excellent network in the world of academics and professionals in the field of violence studies, with special emphasis on suicide; 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;
  • Command of Dutch is considered an asset. Leiden University requires teaching staff to learn basic Dutch (passive knowledge) and obtain the University Teaching Qualifications (UTQ) within two years of appointment.


Terms and conditions
The successful candidate will be part of an ambitious and dynamic team. He or she will initially be appointed for one year with the intention to turn the position into a permanent one, based on need, funding and performance. Salary range from € 3.974,- to € 5.439,- gross per month (pay scale 11), in accordance with the Collective Labor 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. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break


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.


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 can be made to prof dr Marieke Liem at m.c.a.liem@fgga.leidenuniv.nl


Please submit online your application before 1 October 2022 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