Temporary employment
Den Haag
Doctorate/PhD (EQF 8)
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Associate Professor of Conflict Management and Mediation

Background and Key responsibilities

The successful candidate will have demonstrable research interests and a strong publication record in the areas of conflict management and mediation as well as extensive teaching experience in topics related to the Institute’s BA, MA and postgraduate programme offerings. The position is aimed at strengthening the Institute’s teaching, publication, research and grant-acquisition capacities in a phase of rapid growth of student numbers and exciting interdisciplinary research opportunities.


The successful applicant will be expected to:

  • conduct independent and team-led research in the fields of conflict management and mediation, broadly defined, including topics related to conflict and peace studies, conflict resolution, international negotiations and bargaining as well as national, European and international organizations’ approaches to peace and security;
  • support the ongoing development and implementation of the research strategy of ISGA by publishing in leading international outlets and by attracting substantive research grants;
  • teach qualitative and quantitative methods courses (qualitative research design & analysis and research design);
  • teach in the BA and/or Minor and MA programmes as needed with a particular emphasis on the Master International Relations and Diplomacy (MIRD);
  • contribute to the development of new courses or programme offerings at BA, MA or executive training level;
  • contribute to tasks related to the management of education programmes;
  • contribute to the development of research groups and the Institute via administrative service, such as participating in committees related to the institute and its programmes;
  • supervise BA theses, MA theses, PhD dissertations and capstone projects.

Selection Criteria

  • PhD degree in Political Science, War Studies, International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies, Security Studies 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 related to conflict management and mediation.
  • Demonstrable experience in and passion for research-led teaching.
  • Demonstrable experience in the management of education programmes.
  • Applicants must be able to teach in English.
  • Interest and ability to work in an interdisciplinary context.
  • Ability to connect academic research to policy-oriented impact.
  • Strong policy network in the area of international relations and international organization, security studies or global affairs.
  • Demonstrable commitment to the public and political debate related to core issues of security and global affairs.

Our organization

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 23,000 students and 4,000 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, focussing on the most pressing local, national, European and global security issues from an interdisciplinary perspective. It currently hosts more than 100 academic and support staff members and offers the BA in Security Studies, the MSc in Crisis and Security Masnagement, the Advanced MA 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. 


Terms and conditions

The successful candidate will be part of an ambitious and dynamically growing Institute. We offer a fulltime appointment for initially 18 months, with the possibility and intention to turn the position into a permanent one, based on funding and performance. The salary varies, depending on qualifications and experience, from € 5,275.- to € 6,421.- gross per month based on full-time employment (pay scale 13 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 %), and 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. 

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 academic community and strongly encourages applications with diverse profiles and backgrounds that are currently underrepresented.



Enquiries about the position can be made via email to Professor Joachim Koops at j.a.koops@fgga.leidenuniv.nl



Please submit online your application no later than November 30th 2021

Please ensure that you upload the following documents:

  • Motivation letter;
  • Curriculum vitae including a list of publications;
  • Two sample publications in English;
  • The names and addresses of three potential referees (please do not submit reference letters at this stage).