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PhD candidate in the field of Terrorism and Political Violence

The Institute of Security and Global Affairs of the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs is looking for a PhD candidate in the field of Terrorism and Political Violence

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Turfmarkt, Den Haag, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
36 - 38 uur


The appointment is specifically within ‘Terrorism and Political Violence’ (TPV), one of the research groups at the heart of ISGA. TPV is among the few dedicated European centres for research on terrorism and related subjects such as radicalization, (online) extremism and political violence more broadly. Over the coming years, TPV aims to continue conducting internationally recognized research and high-quality teaching for both students and professionals.

The institute seeks to expand its academic staff by appointing a PhD candidate who will pursue a degree specifically within the field of terrorism and political violence. To serve the institute’s educational needs and help the candidate develop the teaching skills critical to an academic career, the position includes a 25% teaching-oriented component. The PhD track will focus on publications through articles rather than a monograph. Professor Edwin Bakker will be the promotor, with dr. Bart Schuurman acting as co-promotor (daily supervisor).

Key responsibilities

  • Obtain a PhD by publishing four articles in leading journals on terrorism and political violence within a four-year timeframe;
  • Develop teaching-related skills by (co-)teaching courses, engaging in thesis supervision and obtaining the basic teaching qualification (BKO);
  • Present their work to both academic and professional audiences;
  • Contribute when applicable to the public debate on terrorism and political violence;
  • Be able to work in an highly independent, organized and result-oriented fashion;
  • Demonstrate good time-management skills;
  • Build an (inter)national network that spans both academics and policymakers/practitioners working on topics related to terrorism and political violence;
  • Actively participate in discussions at Institute and Research Group level on research and teaching innovation.


  • Master’s degree in Political Science, Criminology, Psychology, International Relations, Sociology, History, Public Administration, Law or another field with direct relevance for the interdisciplinary research carried out within the field of terrorism and political violence;
  • Demonstrable ability and enthusiasm for research (e.g. high grade for Master’s thesis, publications);
  • Excellent command of English;
  • Academic publications will be seen as a plus;
  • Command of Dutch will be seen as a plus.


The position starts as soon as possible, preferably by 1 January 2020. The appointment will be made initially on a temporary one-year contract. Depending upon performance, the position will be extended for an additional three years up to a total of four. Salary range from €2,325.- in the first year to €2,972.- in the fourth year, gross per month (pay scale P, 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 and sabbatical leave. 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. More information: Job application procedure and employment conditions.

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 by the 4th year of their contract.

Additional information

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

The contact person for this vacancy is dr. Bart Schuurman, email b.w.schuurman@fgga.leidenuniv.nl, telephone +31 70 800 9347.