Universiteit Leiden
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Den Haag
Doctorate/PhD (EQF 8)
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The Institute of Security and Global Affairs of the Faculty of Governance and Global affairs is looking for an Assistant Professor with a specialization in Crisis Governance


Key responsibilities
The institute seeks to expand its academic staff by appointment of an assistant professor with teaching and research expertise in crisis management, and safety studies, in particular crisis governance, local/urban and national crisis management, transboundary crises, politics of crisis management and/or functional processes of crisis and emergency management. The successful applicant will be expected to:

  • Develop and teach courses in crisis and emergency management, and/or safety studies (from an organizational or policy perspective), 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;
  • Take on administration tasks (such as participating in committees related to the institute and its programs);
  • Supervision of thesis and capstone projects, contribute to the tutorial system of student mentoring and advising;
  • Acquisition and project management of research and training projects of third parties.


Selection criteria

  • PhD degree in the broad fields of in risk and crisis management, safety studies, public administration, political science, or organization/management science;
  • Demonstrable research in the field of security and global affairs, risk and crisis management, and/or safety studies; 
  • 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);
  • Excellent network in the world of academics and professionals in the field of security and global affairs, crisis and emergency management, and/or safety studies, both domestically and internationally, demonstrable commitment to the public and political debate;
  • Experience in government-commissioned evaluation or accident investigation projects, and/or success in grant acquisition or show promise to develop high-quality research grant applications.


Our organisation
The Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs 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 the Leiden University College.


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 safety and security studies. The approach to issues of security is ‘glocal’, that is to say, that the local, national, transnational and global impact are studied and analyzed in conjunction with each other. ISGA operates from The Hague, the third major city of the Netherlands, center of national governance and international City of peace, justice and security.

Terms and conditions
We offer a full-time year term position, with the possibility of renewal and the intention to turn the position into a permanent one, based on need, funding and performance. Salary range from €3,627.- to €4,978. - 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. 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 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.

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.  


Enquiries can be made to Sanneke Kuipers, the ISGA Director of Education and head of the Research Group Crisis Governance, email s.l.kuipers@fgga.leidenuniv.nl.


Please submit online your application no later than 27 December. 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;
  • Two sample publications in English;
  • The names and addresses of three potential referees. No reference letters needed at this stage.

The first round of interviews will be scheduled for mid-January 2020.
Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.