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Vacancy: Assistant Professor in Political Science


VU Amsterdam – vacancy number 16123

About the department / university

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is a leading, innovative and growing university that is at the heart of society and actively contributes to new developments in teaching and research. Our university has ten faculties which span a wide range of disciplines, as well as several institutes, foundations, research centres, and support services. Its campus is located in the fastest-growing economic region in the Netherlands (the Zuidas district of Amsterdam), and provides work for over 4,500 staff and scientific education for more than 23,000 students.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) and law and politics of international security (master, with the Law Faculty). Our research focuses on public governance issues and is organized in two programmes (Multi-level governance; New modes of public governance). Additionally, the Department participates actively in the newly established research institute at the Faculty of Social Sciences: The Institute for Societal Resilience. Starting September 2016, the Department will add its expertise to the new international bachelor programme  Philosophy, Politics and Economics – PPE (PPE is a joint initiative of three faculties of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Social Sciences – in which the assistant professor will work –, and the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration). The John Stuart Mill College, with its own venue on the campus, will form PPE’s social and intellectual community. Many of the teaching and managerial duties of the successful candidate will take place in the PPE programme.

The Department seeks an Assistant Professor in Political Science with a broad profile who: is able to teach a wide variety of courses (including methods ones); displays excellence in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate level; has a demonstrated interest in and aptitude for working in a multi- and interdisciplinary and international environment; has a proven track record of international refereed publications; and an inspiring enthusiasm to help build the community of students and staff of a new international bachelor programme. The Department welcomes applications from all subfields of political science, including comparative politics, international relations, and political theory.


Currently, all regular appointments in the department include 70% teaching and managerial duties and 30% research time. For this particular assistant professorship, the tasks amount to 30% research time, 45% teaching time and 25% of coordination time in the first year of the appointment. After a possible extension, this distribution of time will be 30% research time, 30% teaching time and 40% of coordination time.

In the role of researcher, the assistant professor contributes to the research programme of Political Science entitled “Multi-Layered Governance in EUrope and beyond”, which received very good to excellent reviews in the last external, international research assessment. S/he will conduct research, publish this in international, refereed journals and, where possible, also 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.

As a lecturer, the assistant professor is expected to be able to teach a wide variety of courses in political science. Teaching will take place mainly within the PPE-programme but part of it will take place in the Political Science bachelor and master programmes. In addition to being an excellent lecturer, the successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to play an active role in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration and in the John Stuart Mill college’s social and intellectual life, as well as an aptitude for coaching and supervision. S/he either holds a teaching qualification certificate (in the Netherlands, a BKO) or is willing to obtain such a certificate soon.

In the role of coordinator in the PPE-programme, the assistant professor plays a key role in facilitating the contribution of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration to the programme. This involves four main tasks:

  1. S/he is responsible for ensuring the coherence of the lectures and the seminars of the political science courses in the programme, and for managing and coaching the lecturers-PhD students who will teach the seminars.
  2. S/he is also responsible for ensuring the coherence and quality of the programme, both concerning the political science track (together with the Politics Head of Study) and the program as a whole (together with the other four coordinators in the programme).
  3. The successful candidate serves as “coach” for one or two lecturers-PhD candidates in their roles as tutors and lecturers.
  4. Finally, s/he is responsible for managing contacts et cetera with two or three partner universities abroad, where PPE-students can spend a semester in year 3 of their studies.


  • A PhD degree in political science, or a closely related discipline;
  • Proven track record in publishing in international refereed journals;
  • An attractive research agenda in any of the subfields of political science that fits the political science research programme “Multi-layered governance in EUrope and beyond”;
  • Willingness to acquire external research funding;
  • Ability and willingness to teach and coordinate a wide variety of courses in political science;
  • Excellent command of the English language;
  • A willingness to learn Dutch – for non-Dutch applicants – is a plus;
  • The ability to work in a team as well as independently;
  • The ability to work in an interdisciplinary and multicultural environment; and
  • A willingness to actively contribute to the community life of the John Stuart Mill College.

Further particulars

The successful candidate will need to be able to start per 1 September 2016 at the latest.

The appointment will be initially for one year with possible extension.

You can find information about our excellent fringe benefits of employment at like:

  • remuneration of  8,3% end-of-year bonus and 8% holiday allowance;
  • a minimum of 29 holidays in case of full-time employment;
  • participation in Individual Choices model.

Given the composition of the staff of the Department, we warmly invite female candidates to apply.


The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel, and depending on experience, range from a minimum of € 3.400 gross per month up to a maximum of € 4.654 gross per month (salary scale 11) based on a fulltime employment.

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


For additional information please contact: Prof. dr. Barbara Vis (preferably per e-mail).

phone: +31 20 598 8644
websites: Department of Political Science and Public Administration


Applicants should send a cover letter with their motivation, CV (including a list of publications), teaching statement (about 1 page) and teaching evaluations (if available), a research plan (1 or 2 pages), and the names and email addresses of two references in one PDF file, in this order, before 1 June 2016 to

The selection interviews are scheduled on 30 June 2016.

Please mention the vacancy number in the e-mail header.

Any other correspondence in response to this advertisement will not be dealt with.

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