Assistant Professor of Energy and Environmental Politics and Policy

Assistant Professor of Energy and Environmental Politics and Policy

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13 Dec 27 Jan Leiden

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We are looking for an Assistant Professor of Energy and Environmental Politics and Policy, preferably with a specialization in the politics of bureaucracy and policy-making, implementation and evaluation.

Job description

Key responsibilities:
We are looking for an Assistant Professor of Energy and Environmental Politics and Policy, preferably with a specialization in the politics of bureaucracy and policy-making, implementation and evaluation. Candidates are expected to conduct research on how democratic societies - including the Netherlands - cope with the climate and energy crises and the transition to renewable energy sources, focusing in particular on the development, implementation and evaluation of renewable energy and sustainability policies.

Candidates are expected to teach introductory and advanced courses in environmental politics, energy politics, the politics of policy-making and policy implementation / evaluation, and research methods at the BSc and MSc level. Candidates are also expected to supervise undergraduate and graduate theses, apply for external research funding, contribute to the Institute's research agenda, and participate in the intellectual and administrative life of the Institute.


Leiden University


Selection criteria:
  • Applicants must hold a PhD in Political Science or a related discipline, preferably with a focus on environmental politics and sustainability, energy politics, or the politics of policy-making, implementation and evaluation.
  • Applicants must have teaching experience (including big lectures) and good teaching evaluations, a promising research agenda and scholarly publications.
  • Applicants must be able to teach in English; the ability to teach in Dutch is a major plus.

Conditions of employment

Terms and conditions
The position starts preferably in April / May 2023. The appointment will be made on a temporary contract of one-and-half years, with the prospect of a permanent appointment afterwards, depending upon performance in teaching, research and administration. The salary range is from € 3,974.- to € 5,439.- gross per month, depending on experience (pay scale 11 under 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 at

Diversity and inclusion
Fostering an inclusive community is a central element of the values and vision of Leiden University. Leiden University is committed to becoming an inclusive community which enables all students and staff to feel valued and respected and to develop their full potential. Diversity in experiences and perspectives enriches our teaching and strengthens our research. High quality teaching and research is inclusive.


Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences consists of five institutes: Education and Child Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology and the Centre for Science and Technology Studies. The faculty has approximately 7,000 students and 1,025 employees. The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences brings together high-quality research and outstanding teaching as well as in multidisciplinary approaches. Please, visit the faculty's website for more information.


Political Science

The Institute

The Institute of Political Science has a strong research tradition in various areas of comparative, Dutch and international politics, as well as political theory. The Institute has around 85 academic staff, including Dutch and international scholars, and houses several editorships of international refereed journals and book series. Members of the institute are also involved in a number of the university's multidisciplinary research centres (see The institute's research programme is organized into seven thematic clusters:

Conflict, Conflict Resolution and Crisis Management
Globalisation and the State
Identity, Ethnicity and Political Community
International Organisation and European Integration
Legitimacy and Justice
Politics in the Netherlands
Representation, Public Opinion and Communication

The Institute is based in Leiden and in The Hague, where a large part of the teaching is done.

The Institute offers a range of programmes at the Bachelor's and Master's levels and also trains PhD students in political science. The BSc programmes include general Political Science (in Dutch & English, in Leiden), International Politics (in Dutch & English, in Leiden), and International Relations and Organisations (in English, in The Hague). The one-year MSc programme (taught mostly in English) includes five specialisations or tracks in Leiden and one in The Hague.


  • Assistant professor
  • Behaviour and society
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €3974—€5439 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 13291



Rapenburg 70, 2311EZ, Leiden

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