ASSISTANT PROFESSOR (UD) in POLITICAL SCIENCE with expertise in international security or international political economy (towards a permanent contract)

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • ASSISTANT PROFESSOR (UD) in POLITICAL SCIENCE with expertise in international security or international political economy (towards a permanent contract)
Are you a political scientist with an engaging research agenda and a strong profile in international security or international political economy? Then, please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU).

FTE: 1 

Job description

The Department of Political Science and Public Administration is searching for an Assistant Professor in Political Science who has a strong profile in either international security or international political economy and can convey this expertise in teaching and research. Thematically we are open to a broad range of topics within the field of international security, but we are specifically interested in expertise in international security institutions, international and intrastate conflict, and the changing nature of warfare. Within the field of international political economy we are also open to a broad range of themes and welcome expertise and (critical) perspectives relating to the changing nature of global capitalism and power shifts within the global political economy.

Do you have a compelling research agenda that can contribute to our research programme on ‘Multi-Layered Governance in Europe and beyond’? Then this may be an interesting position for you. You need to hold a PhD in political science and, ideally, demonstrate experience in teaching with positive evaluations. You maintain international research networks. You have a proven track record of high-quality international publications, and the potential to acquire research grants.

As an Assistant Professor, you are expected to be able to teach a variety of courses in political science at Bachelor and Master level, both in our Political Science programmes and in the following inter-disciplinary programmes: the Master in Law and Politics of International Security, the minor Peace and Conflict Studies, and the PPE BSc Programme: Philosophy, Politics and Economics. You conduct research, publish this in international, refereed journals and, where feasible, disseminate the findings to a wider public. Besides, you are active in acquiring external research funding, alone or with colleagues, and you may co-supervise PhD candidates.

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), and Public Administration (master). We collaborate with the faculties of Humanities and Economics in the bachelor Philosophy, Politics and Economics, and with the Law Faculty in the master Law and Politics of International Security. Our research is organized in two programmes: ‘Multi-layered governance in Europe and beyond’ and ‘New modes of public governance’. Central themes in our teaching and research in political science are the way in which domestic politics and international relations have become systematically interconnected, and the (multilevel) interaction between domestic or regional choices and actors and their international impact.

Your duties
  • teach and coordinate a variety of courses in political science, in particular in international relations and international security or international political economy 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 and mentor students and junior colleagues
  • actively contribute to the scholarly community of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration

What are we offering?

A stimulating position in a highly committed team within a societally engaged university and a vibrant international city. The job profile is based on the university job ranking system Universitair Docent 2 (UFO) and is vacant for 1.0 FTE. The position is towards a permanent contract (tenure).

On a full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €3.821 (scale 11) and a maximum € 5.230 (scale 11), depending on your educational level and experience. 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
•    a solid pension scheme (ABP)
•    optional model for designing a personalized benefits package

Given the current composition of the department, we especially welcome applications by members of underrepresented groups.

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 endeavor – 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 30,000 students. We employ over 5,500 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 transnational 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 500 staff members, and we are home to around 2,500 students.

Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until May 26, 2022. 

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

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

Name: Wolfgang Wagner
Position: Professor of International Security

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