Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
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Are you a political scientist with an interest in international relations? Then Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam would like to get to know you. Please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

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Job description

The Department seeks an Assistant Professor in International Relations who is enthusiastic to teach courses in our programs and who has a promising research agenda. The candidate is to hold a PhD in political science/international relations and, ideally, can demonstrate experience in teaching, preferably including (quantitative) methods, as well as positive evaluations thereof. In terms of research, s/he has a proven track record of international publications, an appealing research agenda and the potential to acquire research subsidies. The position is open to a broad range of areas of expertise in the domain of international relations, but we particularly invite candidates with research agendas that address the impact of the evolving international order on key concerns in terms of security, inequality and/or democracy. Furthermore, the ideal candidate would be able to approach them from with an eye to interconnections between domestic politics and international relations.
The Assistant Professor is expected to be able to teach a wide variety of courses in Political Science at Bachelor and Master level, also including the LLM Law and Politics of International Security and possibly the VU Bachelor in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Our master programme has three specialisations: 1. International Relations, Security and Global Order, 2. Democracy, Power and Inequality, 3. Global Environmental Governance, Sustainability and Climate Change, and integrates the subdisciplines of international relations, comparative politics and political theory. In the role of researcher, the Assistant Professor contributes to the research programme of Political Science entitled ‘Multi-Layered Governance in EUrope and beyond’. S/he will conduct research, publish this in international, refereed journals and, where possible, disseminate the findings to a wider public. S/he will be active in acquiring external research funding, alone or with colleagues, and s/he may co-supervise PhD candidates.
Your duties
  • teach and coordinate a variety of courses in international politics at the bachelor and the master level
  • undertake independent research and realize international peer-reviewed publications
  • apply for external research funding
  • take on (minor) managerial duties
  • where appropriate, co-supervise PhD students
  • participate constructively and positively in the life of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration


  • a PhD degree in political science/International relations
  • preferably, demonstrable experience with high-quality teaching in political science
  • preferably, holding a Basic Teaching Qualification certificate or willing to achieve it
  • proven track record in publishing in international refereed journals
  • demonstrable expertise in political science methods and a good command of state-of-the-art quantitative methods
  • an attractive research agenda that fits the political science research programme “Multi-layered governance in EUrope and beyond”
  • excellent command of the English language and a willingness to learn Dutch (for non-Dutch applicants)
  • the ability to work in a team as well as independently

What are we offering?

The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel, and depending on experience, range from a minimum of €3,637 (salary scale 11) gross per month up to a maximum of € 4,978 gross per month (salary scale 11) based on a fulltime employment.

If the tenure track as Assistant Professor 2 is successfully completed within 50 months, the candidate is promoted to a permanent position as Assistant  Professor 1.
In the first two years, the time devoted to teaching and research is 50/50.
The envisioned starting date is August 1st. 

Foreign candidates may be entitled to a 30% tax break, upon approval of the Dutch tax agency.

Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • considerable employer’s contribution to the ABP pension scheme
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package
Given the composition of the staff of the Department, we warmly invite female candidates to apply.

About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavour – from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 26,000 students. We employ over 4,600 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

Faculty of Social Sciences
The Faculty of Social Sciences examines the major social problems of our time from multiple perspectives. From bullying at school to dealing with illegal immigration, from the rise of populist politicians to creating a self-reliant society. Only at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam you will find all the academic disciplines needed to understand these 'wicked problems': alongside the traditional disciplines such as sociology, anthropology and politics, we also research and teach the new social sciences such as communication science and management & organization science. We do not settle for easy answers in our teaching and research. Our researchers and students are critical thinkers and doers who work together to devise surprising solutions to the problems of today.

Working at the Faculty of Social Sciences means working with colleagues from a range of academic disciplines in an inspiring and personal work and study environment with excellent research facilities. We employ more than 250 staff members, and we are home to around 2,500 students.

About the department
The Department of Political Science and Public Administration is committed to high quality academic education and research. Our educational programmes include Political Science (Bachelor and Master), Governance and Organisation (Bachelor), Public administration (Master), Philosophy, Politics and Economics (Bachelor, with the faculties of Humanities and Economics), Law and Politics of International Security (master, with the Law Faculty) and peace and conflict (minor). Our research is organized in two programmes: ‘Multi-layered governance in Europe and beyond’ and ‘New modes of public governance’. A central theme in our teaching and research in political science is the way in which domestic politics and international relations have become systematically interconnected.

Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until 17 May 2020. The job interviews will be held digitally.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Prof. dr. W. Wagner
Position: Professor of International Security

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