The Institute of Public Administration is looking for Assistant Professor to strengthen its teaching and research in several research areas

The Institute of Public Administration is looking for four colleagues for the position of Assistant Professor to strengthen its teaching and research in several research areas, including Policy & Decision-making, Digitalization, Democracy & Bureaucracy and Public Management & Leadership.

For these positions, we seek colleagues with a research agenda regarding civil society and public governance. Furthermore, we seek colleagues with an interest in research and teaching at the intersections of law and public governance, or with an interest in governance issues in the fields of sustainability, data and AI, or public health. 

You have a public administration or comparable background and would like to use your expertise to contribute to strengthening both the education and the research agenda of the Institute of Public Administration within one or more of the research themes mentioned above.

Vacancy number 22-086 10945 

Key responsibilities
• Teaching and developing courses in the institute’s bachelor and master programs. In addition, supervising bachelor and master theses is one of your responsibilities;
• Building and expanding your own line of research in the field of public administration, specifically in one of the areas covered by the institute, such as public management, leadership, political-administrative relations, policy and decision-making, international public administration, sustainability or data and digitalization;
• Participating in national and international academic research networks and publish in international scientific journals;
• Contributing to the improvement and continuation of the education and research programs of the Institute;
• Playing an active role in linking scientific research and education to the practice of policy and management in the public domain; and
• Contribute to the acquisition of research funding.

• You hold a doctorate (or are about to complete your doctorate) in public administration, political science, organizational sciences, sociology, economics or any other relevant field in the social sciences, with a research agenda that fits one of the main research themes described above.
• You have demonstrable experience or affinity with interdisciplinary education and / or research.
• You have publications in national and international scientific journals or demonstrable potential to realize them.
• You are enthusiastic about teaching, have experience with university teaching and are open to innovative and activating teaching methods.
• You are a team player and like to work with colleagues, who are partly employed at other institutes and faculties.

• You have experience or affinity with collaborating with societal partners within the public sector (local, national or international) and are capable of developing and maintaining external networks.
• You are in possession of the Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO) or are prepared to obtain this qualification within two years.
• You have excellent verbal and written communication skills, in both Dutch and English, or are prepared to have sufficient command of Dutch for professional purposes within the foreseeable future (language level C1), whereby after 1 year there is a command for general purposes (language level A2).

Our Faculty/Institute

The Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs is one of the seven faculties of Leiden University. Firmly rooted in the academic tradition, our students and researchers work together with national and international partners on new insights and solutions to current issues at the crossroads of politics, public administration, economics, and law.

The Institute of Public Administration in The Hague is one of the largest and oldest institutions for scientific research and teaching on public administration in the Netherlands. The Institute combines a strong international academic reputation with a central position in international national, regional, and local government institutions, including in The Hague. The Institute consistently receives high appraisals in peer reviews both for its teaching and research programmes. It offers a Dutch-language bachelor programme with two tracks: a Dutch-language master programme in Management of the Public Sector and an English-language master programme in Public Administration. It also participates in various programmes with other faculties, including the master programme in Governance of Sustainability and master programmes in the field of Population Health Management.

The institute has received various national and international research grants including several VENI and VIDI grants from the Dutch National Science Organization, and grants for collaborative work from the EU (including ERC grants). In addition, the staff is also active in contract-research and teaching, which involves local and national government but also other public organizations from within Europe. 

The Assistant Professor  to be recruited is part of an ambitious and dynamic team of colleagues that wants to further expand the successes of recent years. There is a lot of collaboration across the boundaries of disciplines.

Terms and conditions

We would prefer you to start as soon as possible. The appointment will be under the terms of the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) of Dutch Universities. The appointment (fte 1.0) is in temporary employment for max 18 months, with the prospect of a permanent position after positive evaluation.

Salary ranges from € 3.821, – to € 5.230, – gross per month (pay scale 11, 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 %), and training and career development. 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
Leiden University requires teaching staff to obtain the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ). If the successful applicant does not possess this qualification or its equivalent, he/ she must be willing to obtain this Qualification within two years.

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups. 


You can find information about the Institute of Public Administration via:

For further inquiries about the vacancy, please contact Prof.dr. C.H.J.M. Braun via

Please submit online your application no later 17 March 2022 via the blue button in our application system.

Applicants should submit online a letter of interest accompanied by a CV.

Please ensure that you upload the following additional documents in PDF format:

  • Motivation letter.
  • Curriculum vitae including a list of publications.
  • A sample publication.
  • The names and addresses of three potential referees.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated

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