The successful candidate has to be able to teach introductory courses in International Relations and a broad range of advanced courses in the field of security or conflict studies, at graduate and undergraduate levels. Special attention is given to contemporary questions around security and conflict, for example new security problems (including but not limited to: non-state violence, human rights, energy and resource scarcities, private security), or the politics of (violent) conflict and civil wars. She or he should bring to students in international relations (and students in political science more broadly) insights from contemporary debates on security and conflict.
In terms of research, the successful candidate should contribute to the existing research agendas of the AISSR Research Group ‘Transnational Configurations, Conflict and Governance’. We expect the successful candidate to engage in conceptual innovation and contribute to cutting-edge debates in conflict studies and/or (critical) security studies. We expect the candidate to be capable of engaging in methodologically pluralist debates. Central in the group’s program is the examination of notions of identities, categorizations and boundaries as defined by classical political science concepts through analyses of contemporary policy practices and their changing institutional contexts, with a keen eye to the (implicit) politics involved.
• Developing, conducting, and supervising high quality academic research in the field of security/conflict;
• teaching general courses in International Relations and specialist courses in security/conflict at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels, and involvement in post-graduate supervision;
• a dynamic contribution to the research profile of the AISSR research group ‘Transnational Configurations, Conflict and Governance,’ and to the development of the field through scholarly publications and participation in national and international research networks;
• (participation in) acquisition of external research funding;
• contributing to administrative tasks in the Department.
Candidates should have:
• a PhD degree and a background in international relations, political science, or a related field;
• an ongoing programme of research and publications, focused on international, peer-reviewed journals and/or books published by internationally recognized academic presses;
• a demonstrated interest in security and/or conflict studies, and a broad general knowledge in International Relations;
• ability to provide excellent and inspiring teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels;
• a capacity to teach core courses within the International Relations curriculum;
• a capacity to teach in English or Dutch, and a willingness to learn Dutch within two years;
• the basic qualification at Dutch universities in higher education (Basiskwalificatie Onderwijs; BKO) certificate, or a willingness to acquire such within two years.
Further enquiries may be directed to:
Prof. Marieke de Goede, Co-Director of the AISSR Research Group Transnational Configurations, Conflict and Governance
Based on a full-time appointment (38 hours per week) the gross monthly salary will range from €3,259 to €5,070 (scale 11 or 12) depending on experience. The salary will be increased by 8 % holiday allowance and 8,3 % annual bonus. The Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) for Dutch Universities is applicable. The appointment will be temporary for three years, with the prospect of a permanent appointment if the conditions for tenure are realized.
Applications should comprise a letter of motivation, a full CV including a list of publications. These should be sent in one document as a pdf-file to firstname.lastname@example.org with vacancy number 15-235 as subject. Please do not send us additional documentation at this stage. The deadline for applications is Monday 7 September 2015.
The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is a university with an internationally acclaimed profile, located at the heart of the Dutch capital. As well as a world centre for business and research, Amsterdam is a hub of cultural and media activities. The University of Amsterdam is a member of the League of European Research Universities.
The Department of Political Science is one of the departments of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG). The College of Social Sciences (CSW) and the Graduate School of Social Sciences (GSSS) are responsible for the undergraduate and graduate teaching programmes in Political Science. The research within the Department is conducted in research programmes of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR). The AISSR unites the social science research of the UvA, and is one of the largest research institutes in Europe.