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The Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) of the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs is looking for a Tutor for the Bachelor Security Studies


Tutors are (junior) academic teachers who are responsible for teaching workgroups across the BSc Security Studies (BaSS). Tutors primarily teach workgroups in which students work on their academic and professional skills using content from the lectures, and learn to apply relevant theories and practices. Collaborating with the course lecturers, tutors design workgroups, teach in small groups, provide input on assessment methods and rubrics, and grade assignments. As such, tutors are tasked with helping students develop the following skills and knowledge:

  • Academic skills: critical thinking, writing, communication, general research and interdisciplinary skills;
  • Professional skills: teamwork, intercultural skills, organisational and leadership skills, and reflection & lifelong learning skills;
  • Topical knowledge: theory and practice from relevant disciplines, research methods.

Tutors in the BaSS will have several tasks:

  • A tutor prepares and teaches workgroups with students (in a classroom setting and/or online);

  • A tutor has a role in the assessment of students, and gives feedback to students;

  • A tutor monitors the progress of students and facilitates to advance it;

  • A tutor attends all lectures of the courses that are scheduled in conjunction with Skills Labs and Course Labs;

  • A tutor follows the tutorial plan of the Skills Labs and the Course Labs that are co-productions of the tutors and senior staff members;

  • A tutor is required to attend and participate in all tutor trainings and tutor meetings;

  • A tutor is an active member of the Institute of Security and Global Affairs.

Selection criteria

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field. To complement the knowledge and skillset in our current team we are primarily looking for candidates with a background in Cyber Security, Economics, Governance of Sustainability, Crisis and Security Management, Safety Science/Management or Research Methods;
  • Recent graduate or 1-2 years of relevant work experience. This is an early career position;
  • Basic knowledge of, and interest in safety and/or security issues and how they are studied within various disciplines;
  • Enthusiasm for teaching and mentoring students with demonstrated didactic and guiding skills;
  • Ability to work well in an international team, be flexible, work well under pressure and show initiative;
  • Strong proficiency in English (written and verbal);
  • Intercultural sensitivity and the ability to integrate different perspectives in your teaching and collaborations;
  • Willingness to work towards obtaining University Teaching Qualification (UTQ);
  • Available full-time. Lectures and workgroups may be scheduled outside of regular office hours.


  • Interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary background;
  • Experience with teaching and/or mentoring students (using a variety of teaching methods and tools);
  • Strong quantitative and/or qualitative research skills.

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. For more information about the Faculty, please visit our website.

Our institute
The Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) is a scientific institute that focuses on multi- and interdisciplinary research and education within the international field of security studies. ISGA operates from The Hague, centre of national and international governance and City of Peace, Justice and Security. For more information about ISGA, please visit our website.

Terms and conditions
We offer a fulltime (38 hours per week) appointment for one year. Depending upon funding and performance, the position can be extended to a permanent position after 1 year. Salary range from € 3.226,- to € 5.090, - gross per month (pay scale 10), in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.


The start date for the position is 19-AUG-2024. The successful candidates will be expected to be physically present in the Netherlands for the starting date of the contract. The first two weeks of employment will be entirely dedicated to training. Teaching (in-person or hybrid) will take place on our campus in the Hague and the hired candidates will be expected to be physically present on campus for at least 3 days a week.


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


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, they 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 experience and perspectives enriches our teaching and strengthens our research. High quality teaching and research is inclusive.

For further information please contact BaSS Programme Director Anneleen van der Meer (e-mail:


Please submit your application no later than 30-APR-2024 via the blue button in our application system. Please ensure that you upload the following documents in PDF format quoting the vacancy number.

  • Your CV (excluding a picture, but including the names and contact details of two potential references); and
  • Motivational document in which you answer 5 questions (see instructions below)

Instead of a regular motivational letter we ask the candidates to send a document in which they answer the following 5 questions (maximum of 150 words for each question):

  • Why are you applying for this position, and how does this teaching position fit within your long-term career goals?
  • What experience do you have with teaching (this can include classroom teaching, but also tutoring, coaching etc.) and describe how this experience might help you as a tutor within the Bachelor Security Studies program?
  • What kind of team player are you? Please provide examples of the role(s) you played in past team work, challenges you might have experienced and successes you achieved.
  • What achievement are you most proud of? Please explain how this has impacted your personal development.
  • When it comes to education, what elements contribute to a good teaching environment?

The first interviews will take place in the week of May 20th. Candidates will be asked to prepare a short 5 minute teaching segment on a topic of their choosing.