Leiden University, International Organisation and Security, Cyber Security
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The Hague Program for Cybernorms of the Institute of Security and Global Affairs of the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs is looking for a post-doctoral researcher The Hague Program for Cyber Norms (1,00 FTE).


Key responsibilities
The Hague Program for Cyber Norms is an interdisciplinary program for the study of law, politics and norms governing responsible state behaviour in cyberspace. In the program research goes hand in hand with active engagement with the global community of academics, policy makers and other stakeholders in the field of international cyber security.  

  • Conduct independent and collaborative research in the field of international cyber security, international law, governance and international norms regulating responsible state behaviour in cyberspace;
  • Disseminate research findings through high-ranking international blind peer review journals, books, whitepapers, conference presentations, policy reports, policy advise and (inter)national popular media;
  • Organise academic conferences and workshops in close cooperation with the senior fellow of the program and co-author policy papers on the basis of events organised by the program;
  • Represent the program at national and international events and engage in consultations with other stakeholders in the field of international cyber security and international norms. 

Selection criteria

  • PhD in international relations, political science, (international) law, public administration or another relevant discipline;
  • Extensive knowledge of the field of international cyber security, with a solid track record of published research on this topic;
  • A record of published peer-reviewed research;
  • Multidisciplinary background, and experience with working in multi- or interdisciplinary teams;
  • Relevant experience in organizing (academic) events for smaller and larger groups.
  • Very good communication and presentation skills, and an excellent command of English;
  • A ‘can do’ mentality and a team player spirit.

Our institute 
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.  ISGA operates from The Hague, the third major city of the Netherlands, centre of national governance and International City of Peace, Justice and Security. See also:

The Hague Program for Cyber Norms is academic program that studies the law, politics and norms governing responsible state behaviour in cyber space. In addition the program organises a number of smaller and larger academic and policy relevant events in the Hague each year and engages with the relevant global networks. See our website for a more detailed impression


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 possibility of renewal, based on funding and performance,until the end of the project (31 december 2021).

Salary range from €3637 to €4978 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 at

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. Dennis Broeders,


Please submit online your application no later than 24 September 2019 via the blue button in our application system. Applicants should submit online a letter of interest accompanied by a CV. Please ensure that you upload the following additional documents:

  • Letter of interest;
  • Curriculum vitae including a list of publications;
  • A sample publication;
  • The names and addresses of three potential referees.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.