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The Research Group Physical Violence and Public Order at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) of Leiden University seeks to expand its academic staff by appointing an assistant professor with expertise on violence. In this group, we adopt a multi-dimensional, interdisciplinary perspective, in which we use and adapt concepts from sociology, public health and public policy, criminology, victimology, forensic psychology and pedagogy – moving past mono-disciplinary approaches to research into violence and public order. In our data-driven research, we seek to help design evidence-based, tailored interventions and to aid efforts to reduce the violence burden on society. As a Group, we teach a range of courses in the minor Violence Studies and in the CSM Track Governance of Violence.


Key responsibilities
The Institute seeks to expand its academic staff by appointing an assistant professor with a specialisation in violence research. We are looking for candidates with a social science background, a solid grasp of research methodologies, and a strong track-record of applying such knowledge and skills to the study of violence. The preferred candidate will show excellent analytical skills, have a track record in teaching and supervision. Candidates must be able to demonstrate topical expertise on the placement of violent acts within the broader landscape of crime, and beyond. Aside from their research, the candidate will be expected to develop and teach courses related to interpersonal violence in the minor Violence Studies, in the master Crisis and Security Management and (where necessary) contribute to teaching in the bachelor Security Studies.

The successful applicant will be expected to:

  • Conduct independent research on topics related to interpersonal violence.
  • Generate high-quality output in both academic and non-academic outlets, with a focus on international, peer-reviewed journals.
  • Work within an interdisciplinary team of colleagues, both as a project lead, coordinator and as a collaborator.
  • Support the ongoing development and implementation of the research strategy of the Institute.
  • Develop, teach and coordinate courses related to interpersonal violence in the minor Violence studies, in the new master track Violence in the Master Crisis and Security Management and (where necessary) in the bachelor Security Studies.
  • Tutor students by providing mentoring and advice.
  • Actively contribute to the renewal and ongoing improvement of educational practices at Bachelor’s and Master’s level.
  • Support the ongoing development and implementation of the research strategy of the Institute.
  • Take on administrative and coordination tasks within the Institute.
  • Participate in professional-learning courses.

Selection Criteria

  • PhD degree in Psychology, Criminology, Sociology or a related Social Science field.
  • Specific research expertise on interpersonal violence.
  • Strong teaching and coordination skills.
  • Outstanding research qualities demonstrated through an established track record of publications in peer-reviewed, international journals.
  • Experience participating in interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary research.
  • Experience in research-led teaching.
  • In possession of BKO-qualification (“UTQ” - or equivalent).
  • Demonstrable commitment to high-quality education.
  • Excellent command of English; Command of Dutch is not a requirement but will be seen as a benefit.

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).
Science for and about society is the domain of the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs (FGGA). FGGA provides high-quality interdisciplinary education and research on social and governance issues such as terrorism, organisation of public administration, climate change and economic crises.
Contemporary issues are approached from an administrative, political, economic, legal and sociological perspective. This interdisciplinary approach gives the faculty's education and research a cross-border character.
The Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs (FGGA) is one of the seven faculties of Leiden University and is based in The Hague.
The FGGA is a young, enterprising and innovative organisation that is growing rapidly. The faculty has three scientific institutes, two centres, 3500 students and 330 staff members.
See: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/governance-and-global-affairs/institute-of-security-and-global-affairs

Terms and conditions
The position starts on August 15, 2023 at the latest. The appointment will initially be made on a temporary basis of 1 year. A permanent appointment may be possible during or after the term of the initial contract, depending upon performance (including teaching, research and administration) and the budgetary situation of the Institute. The salary ranges from € 3,821 to € 5,230 gross per month (pay scale 11 or 12 (depending on the level of experience) in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Excellent benefits
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 https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/working-at/job-application-procedure-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.

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, m.c.a.liem@fgga.leidenuniv.nl.

Please submit online your application no later than 23 May 2023 via the blue button in our application system. Interviews are scheduled to take place in June 2023.

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;
  • A sample publication;
  • The names and addresses of three potential referees. Letters of recommendation are not needed at this stage of the process.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.