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Full Professor in Safety Science

The Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) of the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs is looking for a Full Professor in Safety Science

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Turfmarkt, Den Haag, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht


The University of Leiden and the Institute of Security and Global Affairs in particular have advanced a multidisciplinary approach to the study of security and global affairs. A strong emphasis is placed on an integrated perspective of safety and security. This approach studies the causes, opportunities and impact of security challenges and incidents from an interdisciplinary lens. The Chair Safety Science contributes to the development of that integrated perspective by enhancing the knowledge of risk management Safety Science and Security Studies within the Institute of Security and Global Affairs.

It will focus on questions such as:

  • How can safety and security incidents be understood from an integrated safety and security perspective, so that the analysis addresses both intentional and non-intentional causes, as well as the protection of both people and systems?
  • What is the role of technological developments in the emergence and treatment of non-intent threats and hazards?
  • What contribution can an integrated safety and security perspective make to the formulation of public policy and policy objectives? 
  • How can security and safety be theoretical in an integrated perspective, and how can such a theory be applied to different areas and cases in practice?
  • How can appropriate risk analyses be developed related to the core challenges of safety and security in both theory and practice.

Research and teaching within the Chair will be expected to address and analyse current cases and application domains that merit both safety and security attention (including but not limited to industrial security, climate change threats, public health and pandemics, man-made and natural disasters).

Key responsibilities

  • Conduct research in the field of safety and or safety science, with a focus on the intersection of safety science and security studies, as well as on the societal, governance or regulatory aspects of e.g. physical safety, industrial safety, public health, disaster recovery or resilience;
  • Disseminate research findings through high-ranking international blind peer-reviewed journals, edited volumes, books, whitepapers, conference presentations, policy reports, policy advice and (inter)national popular media;
  • Teach at the post-graduate, graduate and/or undergraduate level in relation to the societal, governance and regulatory aspects of safety, and/or safety science and risk management, especially in the Bachelor Security Studies;
  • Contribute to the development of the undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate curriculum, especially related to multidisciplinary approaches for safety science and security studies, as well as the governance and regulatory aspects of safety;
  • Supervise Bachelor theses, Master theses and PhD dissertations;
  • Secure external funding to support research and other activities;
  • Fulfil a leadership role within the Institute and in the university, displaying the ability to coach, motivate and inspire others;
  • Develop and contribute to global networks in the public, private and education sectors in the field of safety and security. This includes acting as a representative at national and international fora;
  • Contribute to public and policy debates on national and global safety and security issues.


  • A doctorate from an internationally ranked tertiary institution in (one of the branches of) safety science or disciplines related to the intersection of safety science and security studies;
  • A multidisciplinary background, and experience with working in multi- or interdisciplinary teams;
  • Extensive knowledge of the field of safety, ideally at the intersection of safety science and security studies, with a solid track record of published research on this topic nationally and internationally;
  • Extensive knowledge of risk and risk management, its workings, benefits and limitations;
  • An excellent record of published peer-reviewed research, including books and articles in internationally renowned academic journals;
  • A solid record of successfully attracting external funding;
  • The desired candidate must be a strong team-player and must possess integrative leadership skills for contributing to a diverse an inclusive working environment
  • 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;
  • Excellent didactical skills, experience in didactical and assessment methods in the field, and experience in creating their own teaching materials;
  • Experience in curriculum and/or course development in higher education and capacities to supervise less experienced teachers;
  • Evidence of leadership skills, management qualities and experience with respect to both;
  • Experience engaging in public and policy debates and establishing and maintaining productive networks;
  • Experience doing media outreach, including writing for a non-academic audience in magazines and newspapers;
  • Proficiency in English. Fluency in Dutch is considered an asset. Non-Dutch speakers are encouraged to learn Dutch within two years of appointment (language training will be provided).


We offer a full-time temporary appointment for initially a period of five years, convertible into a permanent position in case of satisfactory performance. The gross monthly salary will be between € 5.749,- and € 8.371,- commensurate with qualifications and experience. These amounts are based on a fulltime appointment and are in conformity with current salary scales (HL-2) under the collective employment agreement (CAO) for Dutch Universities.

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3%), and training and career development. 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. For more information, see the website.

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, they 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.

Additional information

For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Joachim Koops at j.a.koops@fgga.leidenuniv.nl or Prof. Dr. Bibi van den Berg at b.van.den.berg@fgga.leidenuniv.nl.


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