Assistant Professor Critical Security Studies (1.0 FTE)


Faculty of Arts


University of Groningen

The Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen is built on a long-standing tradition of four centuries. Our mission is to be a top-ranking faculty with both an excellent education and world-quality research, with a strong international orientation, firmly rooted in the North of The Netherlands. We build and share knowledge benefits to society. We work at a modern, broad and international institution, educating over 5,000 Dutch and international students to become forward-looking, articulate and independent academics. We are a diverse team of 700 staff members.

The Department of International Relations and International Organization (IRIO) at the Faculty of Arts offers one full-time position for Assistant Professor on 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 organization 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 International Relations & Security Studies (IRSS -, where the position will be located, organises its research in two broad themes: 1. the development of Critical Security Studies, and 2. Security and Geopolitics, with expertise about security politics in various regions, countries and organizations. The group focuses on areas such as land acquisition in Africa; geopolitics of urban security; health security; Arctic security; and visual security.

Job description

The position combines teaching (60%) and research (40%) in the field of International Relations, with an emphasis on Critical Security Studies. 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, international politics, and/or social science research methodologies; as well as specialized courses for the MA track IR & International Security ( Supervision of students will play an important part in the position. Participation in managerial committees related to the organization 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, we are looking for candidates with a specific interest in linking critical theory to security practices in relevant areas and/or institutional settings. Interaction and complementarity with areas of intellectual strength in the other chair groups of the Department will be an advantage. The candidate will develop her/his own research projects (both individually and in teams) and will contribute to wider research initiatives within the University and beyond.


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 the main focus of the Chair Group
● experience in academic teaching and relevant teaching qualifications (such as a University Teaching Qualification, UTQ) or willingness to obtain this qualification
● excellent demonstrable oral and written skills in English (CEFR C1 level for reading, listening, writing, speaking)
● knowledge of Dutch or willingness to learn it within a reasonable period of time may be one of the conditions for tenure (CEFR B2 for reading and listening, and CEFR B1 for writing and speaking)
● excellent social and communicative skills and ability to work in groups.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 60 months.

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

• a salary depending on qualifications and work experience from a minimum of € 3,746 (salary scale 11) to a maximum of € 5,826 (salary scale 12) gross per month for a full-time position
• a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income an 8.3% year-end bonus and participation in a pension scheme for employees. Favourable tax agreements may apply to non-Dutch applicants
• minimum of 29 holidays and additional 12 holidays in case of full-time employment
• an appointment for 5 years with the outlook on a permanent contract when you meet the criteria.

We comply with the conditions of employment of the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (cao NU). For more detailed information about working conditions and working for the University of Groningen, please check:

The appointee will ideally commence as soon as possible, 1 August 2021 at latest.

Job Application

You can submit your application until 3 January 11:59pm / before 4 January 2021 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

Applications should consist of a letter of motivation (cover letter) where the candidate clearly states her/his teaching and research potential and the expected contributions to the Department and University at large, a curriculum vitae detailing teaching and research experience and mentioning two academic referees with their contact details (references at this stage are not required), a list of publications, and a plan for research for the next three years (max. 2,000 words).

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.

We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. We have adopted an active policy to increase the number of female scientists across all disciplines of the university. Therefore, women are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers,

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Prof. Jaap de Wilde, Chair of International Relations & Security Studies

Annabelle de Heus, MA, Director of Studies of the Department

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 220383

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