Assistant Professor International Relations & Critical Security Studies 1.0 FTE


Faculty of Arts


University of Groningen

The Department of International Relations and International Organization (IRIO) at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen offers one full-time position for Assistant Professor in International Relations and Critical Security Studies. The Department of IRIO is committed to top-tier research combined with high quality education. IRIO, with over 50 staff members, provides world-class, interdisciplinary and international bachelor and master degree programmes, and supports the PhD programme of the Graduate School for Humanities of the Faculty of Arts. Students and staff are drawn to studying international relations and the role of international organisation in an integrated manner from historical, political, economic and legal angles. The Department provides an international working environment for an increasing number of foreign students and research staff. The bachelor and master degree programmes are taught in English. There are currently about 1,000 students registered for the various IRIO programmes. Additionally, the Department contributes to the Erasmus Mundus 2-year master degree programme in Humanitarian Action, coordinated by the Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA), the research masters in Modern History and International Relations, and the masters programme on Euroculture. Research in the Department of IRIO is organized through the Centre for IR Research (CIRR - around five chairs, respectively in: History & Theory of IR; IR and Security Studies; International Political Economy (IPE); History & Theory of European Integration; and Humanitarian Studies.

The Chair group on IR & Security Studies, where the position will be located, organises research around two broad themes: Critical Security Studies, and Urban/Regional Security. It has regional expertise about security politics in Europe (including Turkey, Russia, Ukraine and the Caucasus), the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, and China. It focuses on areas such as land acquisition in Africa; energy transition and urban security; health security; Arctic security; critical feminist approaches; and visual security. The Chair Group brings much of its research interests together in the specialization International Security of the MA degree programme IRIO.

Members of the group come from various intellectual traditions and are influenced and inspired mostly by critical social and political theory, constructivist approaches to global politics, and poststructuralist thought.

Job description

The position combines teaching (60%) and research (40%) in the field of International Relations. In teaching, candidates are expected to provide BA- and MA-level courses, as well as support PhD supervision. Depending on the disciplinary background, candidates must be able to contribute to basic introductory courses in areas such as IR Theory, history of international relations, and/or social science research methodologies; as well as specialized courses for the MA track International Security ( The supervision of students will play an important part in the position. Participation in managerial committees related to the organisation of the degree programmes or research grant applications will be expected. The candidate will be a team player and will have the flexibility to teach at advanced and introductory levels.

In research the candidate is expected to contribute to forefront theoretical developments in Critical Security Studies; preferably linking up to some of the themes and areas addressed by the Chair Group. The candidate will develop her/his own research projects (both individually and in small teams) and will contribute to wider research initiatives within the University and beyond. If appointed, the candidate is expected to actively contribute to a vibrant research environment by conducting and generating top research in international relations and by pursuing research grants and other forms of external funding.


The candidate will work in an interdisciplinary department and will ideally have a background in International Relations. The candidate will be expected to contribute to the development of international relations as a field of intellectual enquiry regardless of disciplinary background.

The candidate's qualities are demonstrated by:
● a completed PhD in International Relations, or a cognate area
● proven research results, supported by a list of at least two peer-reviewed articles published in indexed journals
● further research potential and plans supported by a programme of research for the next three years indicating its contributions towards Critical Security Studies
● teaching experience at university level and proven didactic abilities
● a University Teaching Qualification or the willingness to gain one within a year
● excellent command of English (at least CEFR B2/C1 level for reading, listening, writing and speaking)
● having or gaining understanding of the Dutch language (CEFR B2 for reading and listening and CEFR B1 for writing and speaking) within two years (possibilities for Dutch language courses are offered by the University)
● excellent social and communicative skills and ability to work in groups.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 48 months.

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:
• a salary depending on qualifications and work experience starting from a minimum of € 3,637 gross per month (salary scale 11) to a maximum of €5,656 gross per month (scale 12) for a full-time position. The gross salary is excluding 8% holiday pay and 8.3% end-of-year gratification and participation in a pension scheme for employees. Favourable tax agreements may apply to non-Dutch applicants
• a full-time position (1.0 FTE)
• an appointment initially on a temporary basis for 4 years with the possibility of becoming a permanent position following a positive ‘Results and Development’ assessment. The assessment for a permanent position is possible form the 3rd year onwards.

The starting date for this appointment is 1 September 2019.

Do you meet our qualification criteria? If yes, your application should include:
• a letter of motivation (cover letter) where the candidate clearly states his/her teaching and research potential and the expected contributions to the Department and University at large
• a curriculum vitae detailing teaching and research experience
• two academic referees with their contact details (references at this stage are not required)
• a list of publications
• a plan for research for the next three years (max. 2000 words).

You can submit your application until 24 April 23:59pm / before 25 April 2019 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on “Apply” below on the advertisement on the university website).

Only complete applications submitted by the deadline will be taken into consideration.

The procedure will include a lecture or presentation as well as an interview. Samples of writing might be requested from shortlisted candidates. Please do not provide them in advance.

Interviews are scheduled for 15 May 2019.

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our University. We are committed to building a diverse faculty so you are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Prof. Jaap de Wilde, Chair of IR & Security Studies

Ms. M.S.D. Buurke MA, Degree programme coordinator

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 219205

Extra informatie kan worden verkregen via een van de volgende links:

Centre for IR Research Chair group on IR & Security Studies International Security

Digital application form