Associate Professor

Faculty Governance and Global Affairs, Institute of Security and Global Affairs is looking for an

Associate Professor (1.0 fte)
Vacancy number 17-242

Key responsibilities

  • Conduct research in the field of safety, with a focus on the societal, governance or regulatory aspects of e.g. physical safety, industrial safety, public health, environmental safety, disaster recovery or resilience;
  • Disseminate research findings through high-ranking international blind peer review journals, edited volumes, books, whitepapers, conference presentations, policy reports, policy advise and (inter)national popular media;
  • Teach post-graduate, graduate and/or undergraduate courses related to the societal, governance and regulatory aspects of safety;
  • Contribute to the development of the undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate curriculum, especially related to governance and regulatory aspects of safety;
  • Supervise Bachelor theses, Master theses and PhD dissertations;
  • Secure external funding to support research and other activities;
  • Develop and contribute to global networks in the public, private and education sectors in the field of safety. This includes acting as a representative at national and international forums;
  • Contribute to public and policy debates on national and global safety and security issues;

Selection criteria

  • A doctorate from an internationally ranked tertiary institution in a (one of the branches of) safety science, the science and technology of human safety;
  • A multidisciplinary background, and experience with working in multi- or interdisciplinary teams;
  • Extensive knowledge of the field of safety, with a solid track record of published research on this topic nationally and internationally;
  • A solid record of successfully attracting external funding, including experience in writing and developing funding applications;
  • Experience in governance or administrative tasks within the university or within (inter)national academic organisations;
  • Experience in teaching undergraduate, graduate and/or post-graduate students, and supervising theses and dissertations;
  • Experience in curriculum and/or course development in higher education and capable of supervising less experienced teachers;
  • Proficiency in English. Fluency in Dutch is considered an asset;
  • 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 one year.

Our Faculty/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.
Researchers at our institute are engaged in interdisciplinary research and teaching within the international scientific field of 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. See also

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 need, funding and performance. Salary range from € 4,815.- to € 5,861.- gross per month (pay scale 13 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. 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.


For further information please contact dr. R.S. Prins, email


To apply for this vacancy, please send no later than September 25, 2017 an email to our Personnel Department via
Please ensure that you upload the following additional documents in PDF format, quoting the vacancy number:
• A motivation letter;
• A cv including a list of publications;
• A sample publication;
• The names and addresses of three potential referees.

Laatst Gewijzigd: 11-09-2017