Are you a political scientist and passionate about researching and teaching about the European Union? Do you publish high-quality research in the premier outlets of the field? Are you a dedicated and effective teacher? Per April 2023 (or earlier), we are seeking two assistant professors of political science.

Within the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, the discipline of Political Science offers a range of Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes, while its research is carried out at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR). The successful candidate will be part of the Challenges to Democratic Representation program group or the Political Economy and Transnational Governance program group.

What are you going to do

The successful candidate will be responsible for conducting high-quality research on the European Union and teach introductory and advanced courses at the BA and MSc levels. Specifically, we would like to hire researchers who work on the European Union policies, governance and institutions, relationships between EU citizens and the EU institutions and ongoing processes of Europeanization. We expect the candidate to contribute to and complement the research group (Challenges to Democratic Representation or Political Economy and Transnational Governance) in which they will be situated. You will also be responsible for teaching, developing, and coordinating bachelor and master level courses and tutorials on EU-related topics and for supervising student research projects at bachelor and master level.

What do you have to offer

As an assistant professor you must hold a doctoral degree and have a successful program of research about the European Union, as reflected in several first-authored international publications in top outlets of the field. In terms of content, the preferred candidate strengthens and complements the research activities of the Political Economy and Transnational Governance program group or the Challenges to Democratic Representation program group.

Besides you have demonstrable motivation and ability to teach EU-related topics in the Political Science Bachelor and Master program, the Research Master Social Sciences, and/or the interdisciplinary bachelor program Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics (PPLE).

Your experience and profile:

  • a PhD in political science or a related discipline;
  • a research profile fitting the above-described program;
  • an ongoing research programme and publications, as evidenced by publications in peer reviewed journals and/or books published by recognized presses; a good research plan and active participation in research networks;
  • experience in teaching, developing, and improving courses and supervising theses on political science topics at the bachelor and master level (with good evaluations);
  • a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) or willingness to obtain it;
  • excellent English proficiency;
  • A capacity to teach in English or Dutch, and a willingness to learn Dutch within three years.

What can we offer you

The position concerns temporary employment of 38 hours per week for a 18 months period, with a probationary period of two months. If the candidate proves suitable, barring unforeseen organisational developments and assuming sufficient FTE availability, we intend to extend the term of employment/offer the candidate a permanent employment contract. The UFO profiles Assistant Professor & Associate Professor (scale 11 & 12) is applicable.

Salary depends on past education and relevant work experience, with a minimum salary of € 3,974 and a maximum salary of € 6,181 gross per month based on full-time employment for a 38-hour working week, in keeping with salary scale 11 & 12, as per the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities.

We additionally offer an extensive package of secondary benefits, including a generous holiday allowance and a year-end bonus. Because we value your continued personal development and professionalisation, we also offer excellent opportunities for study and development.

On top of these renumerations, we offer you a position in which initiative and input are highly valued, an enthusiastic and warm team that is open to new colleagues, and an inspiring academic and international working environment in the heart of Amsterdam.

What else do we offer

The University of Amsterdam is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups. The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences strives for excellence in caring for our staff. We wish to reflect society in all aspects, as we believe that this improves the dynamics in our organization. Therefore, we support and understand the need for a work/life/family balance and consequently varying working hours and places. We believe that doing good science is fun, and goes hand in hand with an ambitious yet friendly culture. In the Netherlands, parental leave is standard for 16 weeks.

About us

The University of Amsterdam is the largest university in the Netherlands, with the broadest spectrum of degree programmes. It is an intellectual hub with 39,000 students, 6,000 employees and 3,000 doctoral students who are all committed to a culture of inquiring minds.

A challenging work environment with a variety of duties and ample scope for individual initiative and development within an inspiring organization. The Faculty of Social and Behavioral sciences play a leading role in addressing the major societal challenges faced by the world, the Netherlands and Amsterdam, now and in the future.

Want to know more about our organisation? Read more about working at the University of Amsterdam.


Do you have any questions or do you require additional information? Please contact: Gijs Schumacher, Associate Professor of Political Science,

Job Application

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application/motivation letter and resume in one .pdf by 28 October 2022

Applications in .pdf should include:

  • a curriculum vitae
  • a letter of motivation
  • a 1-page research plan (minimally indicate here which article(s) or book(s) is/are most representative of your research)
  • a 1-page teaching statement
  • a list of 2 references

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritize diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

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