Assistant Professor EU Law, EU Migration and/or Asylum Law Specialization

Assistant Professor EU Law, EU Migration and/or Asylum Law Specialization

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7 May 31 May Leiden

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Assistant Professor EU Law, EU Migration and/or Asylum Law Specialization
Vacancy number 14854

Leiden Law School is one of the leading European Law Schools, including in the fields of European Law and Public International Law. One of our key aims is to combine cutting edge research with high-level, academic teaching. It is in this context that we are looking for an enthusiastic assistant professor who combines research ambitions with a passion for teaching. Our new colleague will conduct research, independently and in collaboration with colleagues in the university and international networks, and will be part of the Europa Institutes strong team on (European) migration, free-movement and non-discrimination. You will be teaching courses on bachelor and master level and be part of the teaching team of the newly founded, multidisciplinary LL.M. on the Governance of Migration and Diversity [GMD]. For more information on the new LL.M., see here; for more information on the overall GMD master program see here.)

In terms of research, the function offers independent research space, freedom and opportunities as a as assistant professor at the Europa Institute of the Faculty of Law in Leiden.

Key responsibilities
  • Teaching and coordinating courses in the LL.M. Legal Track of the GMD (Governance of Migration and Diversity).
  • Teaching at the bachelor and masters level on European law at large;
  • Co-supervising PhD and master students.

  • Doing research in the field of (European) Migration and Asylum Law and/or EU Free Movement and Citizenship law;
  • Publishing in (international, peer-reviewed) scholarly journals;
  • Preparing papers for and presenting them at international conferences;
  • Initiating and coordinating the submission of proposals for research grants;
  • Organizing activities/events, including academic conferences and events including stakeholders from outside academia;
  • Performing administrative tasks and participating in administrative bodies within the Institute and the Law Faculty at large (e.g. Board of Examiners, the Master Programme Committee, Diversity Committee, etc.).

Your profile
  • We are looking for:
  • A researcher with a PhD in European Law or (International / Comparative / European) Migration and/or Asylum Law;
  • a proven interest in teaching, preferably demonstrated by experience with teaching at university level;
  • the capacity to effectively collaborate in groups;
  • willingness to engage in multidisciplinary research and teaching collaborations;
  • excellent command of spoken and written English;
  • command of Dutch or the willingness to learn Dutch;

Our organisation
The Faculty of Law of the University of Leiden has offices in Leiden and The Hague. With more than 6500 students and around 1000 staff, it is one of the largest university faculties in the Netherlands. The faculty focuses on innovative multidisciplinary research and teaching programmes that are continuously renewed in response to issues in society. Our faculty is large enough to make a difference nationally and internationally, yet small enough to offer personalized teaching. For more information see: Faculty of Law and Leiden University.

The Europa Institute
The Europa Institute of Leiden University is one of the oldest academic institutes specialised in the law of the European Union and the European Convention on Human Rights; it was established in 1957, the same year as the European Economic Community itself.

Maintaining a standard of excellence, the Europa Institute engages in academic research, provides teaching and offers legal advice to the private and public sectors. Through its activities, the Europa Institute contributes to the understanding and development of the rapidly evolving integration in Europe. The Europa Institute is home to the pre-eminent journal on European Union law, the Common Market Law Review.

The former Leiden Institute of Migration Law has joined forces with the Europa Institute in 2020. Research and teaching on migration and asylum law issues in Leiden is since then continued by the Migration Law Cluster of researchers within the Europa Institute.

Terms and conditions
We offer an – initial – 12 months, position as Assistant Professor (Universitair Docent 2) with the possibility of turning into a permanent position after this initial period.

Salary range from € 4.332,- to € 5.929,- (salary scale 11) gross per month on a full-time basis, in accordance with 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 information here.

Leiden University requires teaching staff to obtain the University Teaching Qualification. If the successful applicant does not already possess this qualification or an equivalent, he/ she must obtain this Qualification within two years.

Almost all academic staff at the Faculty of Law are members of and make a significant contribution to one of our faculty research programs.

Diversity and inclusion
Diversity and inclusion are core values 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.

Further information about this vacancy can be requested by sending an email to Moritz Jesse at

Please submit online your application no later than May 31 via the blue button in our application system.
You can address your application to Prof. Armin Cuyvers, head of the Department of EU Law. Please attach the following documents:
  • A letter of motivation in which you describe how your skills and expertise match the job requirements;
  • A one-page research memo in which you outline the research you would like to do during the coming years;
  • A CV;
  • Copies of your academic certificates;
  • Your dissertation and/or examples of up to three published articles and/or book chapters;
  • Names and contact details (e-mail addresses) of three academic references – including your PhD supervisor(s) - who know you and your work well.

We plan to have our interviews in the week of June 7 or 11.


Leiden University


  • Assistant professor
  • Law
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €4332—€5929 per month
  • University graduate
  • 14854



Rapenburg 70, 2311EZ, Leiden

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