Teaching Fellow in Social Ontology and International Political Economy

Teaching Fellow in Social Ontology and International Political Economy

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Job description

The International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) seeks to appoint a teaching fellow with a proven track record in the fields of Social Ontology and International Political Economy (IPE). Preferably, the successful candidate will have a strong background in philosophy of social science debates with an emphasis on social ontology. This preferred focus should intersect with a variety of IPE led topics revolving around literatures on varieties of capitalism, neoliberalism/neoliberalisations, new institutional approaches to governance and public policy, democracy and democratisation, liberal internationalism, state theory and power, regionalism/regionalisation, globalisation, and critical approaches to crisis management. The successful candidate should exhibit a wide range of theoretical knowledge (both mainstream and heterodox approaches in IPE) and should situate this knowledge in a variety of thematic fields such as capitalist reforms and restructuring, education, national development plans, migration, gender, environment, or artificial intelligence and technology, to name a few.

We envisage hiring a broadly trained candidate with an interdisciplinary background, a PhD in the social sciences, and a firm background and proven expertise in social ontology and IPE. We understand IPE in broad and critical terms articulated through a strong foundation in ontological and theoretical thinking which should then be situated within some of the various themes referred to above.

This vacancy is for a lecturer position and would best suit an early career academic.

Job description
The successful candidate will join the teaching team responsible for the MA in Public Policy (MAPP) https://mundusmapp.org with a focus on the ISS-IBEI and ISS-York Tracks. Apart from specific MAPP teaching, management and supervision tasks, the successful candidate is also expected to contribute to the ISS foundation and methods course offered to students enrolled in the ISS MA in Development Studies. While this is primarily a teaching position, in close consultation with the MAPP Convenor, a small part of the worktime (maximally up to 20%) can be devoted to research activities including the production of individual and joint publications.


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)


We are looking for candidates who meet the following requirements:
  • A PhD in a relevant field of social sciences.
  • An academic background in social ontology and international political economy with a documented expertise on the themes of varieties of capitalism, neoliberalism/neoliberalisations, new institutional approaches to governance and public policy and liberal internationalism.
  • Demonstrated capacity and skills in teaching MA students, including thesis supervisions and teaching management.
  • Demonstrated experience and commitment to teaching, research and service in multicultural environments.

Additional advantages
  • Ability to teach general development studies subjects, foundation courses, and/or research methodology courses (e.g., qualitative interviewing or mixed methods of social science research);
  • Practical experience with/exposure to relevant work in the field of ontology and international political economy preferably in the Global South;
  • Experience with hybrid and online teaching is considered an asset as is experience with innovative teaching methodologies suitable for the highly diverse and international classrooms of the ISS.
  • Interest in, and ability to conduct or contribute to societally relevant teaching and research e.g., by contributions to public debate or co-creative collaborative projects.

Conditions of employment

We offer you an internationally oriented and varied job in an enthusiastic team, with excellent working conditions in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU).

The start date of this position is 01-JAN-2024 and you will be based at International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague. This position is for 1.0 FTE. The salary is dependent on your experience and knowledge and ranges from a minimum of € 4.332 to a maximum of € 5.929 gross per month (scale Scale 11) on a fulltime basis (38 hours), in accordance with the CAO-NU.

In addition, we offer

Moving to the Netherlands for your job with EUR? Then you may be eligible for the 30%-ruling if you meet the requirements of the Belastingdienst (Dutch tax agency), and with our Dual Career Programme we will also help your partner find the right job for them.


Erasmus University Rotterdam

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) is an internationally oriented university with a strong social orientation in its education and research, as expressed in our mission ‘Creating positive societal impact’. EUR is home to 3.700 academics and professionals and almost 33.000 students from more than 140 countries. Everything we do, we do under the credo The Erasmian Way – Making Minds Matter. We’re global citizens, connecting, entrepreneurial, open-minded, and socially involved. These Erasmian Values function as our internal compass and create EUR’s distinctive and recognizable profile. From these values, with a broad perspective and with an eye for diversity, different backgrounds and opinions, our employees work closely together to solve societal challenges from the dynamic and cosmopolitan city of Rotterdam. Thanks to the high quality and positive societal impact of our research and education, EUR can compete with the top European universities. www.eur.nl.

Faculty / Institute / Central service
ISS is a leading academic center for international development studies. While based in The Hague, the ISS is part of Erasmus University Rotterdam.

ISS was established in 1952 as a post-graduate institute of policy-oriented critical social science and development-oriented research. ISS offers a PhD in Development Studies, a 15,5 month MA in Development Studies, a joint MA in Public Policy (Mundus MAPP), a MPA in Governance delivered in Suriname, and post-graduate Diploma courses.

ISS brings together a highly diverse international community of scholars and students from both the global South and the global North, who on average originate from over 50 different countries. The Institute brings together people, ideas and insights in a multi-disciplinary setting which nurtures, fosters and promotes critical thinking and innovative research on fundamental social problems. Our strong partnerships with organizations and individuals in the global South make up a vibrant network where we co-create knowledge so that teaching and research are societally relevant. Key to the ISS philosophy and practices is the wish to contribute to achieving social justice and equity on a global level.


  • Lecturer
  • max. 40 hours per week
  • €4332—€5929 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 3762


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

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