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Assistant Professor of Developmental Politics

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Academic staff
Internal , External
Publication date
30 March 2021
Closing date
7 May 2021

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The Institute of Political Science of Leiden Universitys Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences invites applications for the position of

Assistant Professor of Developmental Politics

Key responsibilities
We are looking to hire an assistant professor in the area of developmental politics for a two-year temporary position. The appointment includes teaching introductory and advanced courses reflecting the candidate’s expertise, supervising MSc and BSc theses, conducting scholarly research, acquiring external research funding, and participating in the intellectual and administrative life of the Institute (i.e., department). 

The applicants must be qualified to research and teach in one or more of the following areas: the politics of global/international development; the political economy of development; the governance of development whether subnational or national, formal or informal, public or private, regional or global/transnational; state-building and developmental states. The ability to also teach general political science and methods courses is a plus.

The applicants should be well trained in one or more of the major sub-disciplines of political science (e.g., comparative politics, international relations, public policy or a cognate discipline) and in research methods appropriate to their field and interests; applicants trained in a cognate discipline must be able to demonstrate their familiarity with political science.

Selection criteria

  • Applicants must hold (or be near to completing) a PhD in Political Science or a cognate discipline;
  • Applicants must have a promising research agenda, some scholarly publications, teaching experience and good teaching evaluations;
  • Applicants must be able to teach in English; ability to teach in Dutch is a plus. Staff who do not speak Dutch upon appointment are required to progress steadily toward at least a B1 level (CEFR) through training financed by the institute.

Our organisation
The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences conducts high-quality research and offers a broad and disciplinary educational programme, focused on increasing our understanding of current developments in society. The faculty consists of five institutes: Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Cultural Anthropology and Developmental Sociology, Education and Child Studies, Political Science and Psychology. The faculty has approximately 7,000 students and 850 staff members. For more information, see the website.

The Institute of Political Science has a strong research tradition in various areas of comparative, Dutch and international politics, as well as political theory. The Institute has around 80 academic staff, including many non-Dutch scholars, and houses a number of editorships of international refereed journals and book series. Members of the institute are also involved in a number of the university’s multi-disciplinary research centres, including Central and East European Studies, International Relations, Parties and Representation, and Political Philosophy. The Institute is based principally in Leiden but also has offices nearby in The Hague, where a large part of the teaching is done.

The Institute offers a range of taught programmes at the Bachelor and Master levels and also trains PhD students in political science. The BSc programmes include general Political Science (in Dutch & English, in Leiden), International Politics (in Dutch & English, in Leiden), and International Relations and Organisations (in English, in The Hague). The one-year MSc programme (taught mostly in English) includes five specialisations in Leiden and one in The Hague.

Terms and conditions
The position starts
 as soon as possible, preferably by September 2021. We offer a full-time position for initially one year and upon satisfactory performance to be extended for one more year. Salary range from € 3,746.- to € 5,127.- gross per month, depending on experience (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. 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. For more information, see the website.

Leiden University requires teaching staff to obtain the University Teaching Qualification. 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.

Further enquiries can be directed to Dr. Matthew DiGiuseppe, chair of the search committee, email m.r.di.giuseppe@fsw.leidenuniv.nl.

Please submit online your application no later than May 7 2021 via the blue button of our application system. Applicants should submit online a letter of interest, a CV (with a list of publications), a research statement covering their current and future research agenda, a sample paper or article, and a statement of teaching interests and experience including sample syllabi and teaching evaluations.

Applicants should also include two references who can be contacted to submit recommendation letters commenting on their professional qualifications and suitability for the position directly.

The selection procedure will take place in May 2021. Selected candidates will first be invited for an online pre-interview; some will then be invited for a further interview and research talk. You are kindly requested to be available in this period.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.


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