PhD researcher positions Political Science (3 positions of 1.0 FTE)

Research / Academic


Leiden University’s Institute of Political Science has a strong research tradition in various areas of comparative, Dutch and international politics, as well as political theory. Its research programme focuses on the design, workings and implications of political institutions, broadly defined, though individual members of staff pursue research projects within and beyond this theme.

Positions 1 & 2: European economic governance / European political economy

These two PhD positions should focus on an aspect of European economic governance / European political economy related to European Union (EU) governance, the relations between the EU and its member states, the impact of aspects of European integration in the member states or relations between (a selection of) EU member states in particular in the field of European political economy. Both positions are linked to the institute’s new Chair in European Politics and Political Economy held by Prof. Amy Verdun. The PhD candidate joins a team of researchers committed to learning about European economic governance in areas such as the European Semester with particular interest in the interactions between the EU institutions and the member states. The goal is to advance knowledge about governance and democracy in Europe including a better understanding of recent institutional developments in EU architecture, governance, and (dis)integration.

Candidates for these positions should have a strong understanding of the governance of the European Union, in particular in the area of EU economic governance, and solid training in qualitative and/or quantitative methods. 

Position 3: Open

Applicants for this position should propose a research project in any area of political science including comparative politics, Dutch politics, international relations or political theory/philosophy. Applicants for this position should therefore indicate in their motivation letter which member(s) of the institute’s staff they would like to supervise the proposed project.

Applicants for this position should have a strong understanding of the issues and scholarly literature related to their proposed area of study, plus solid training in qualitative or quantitative empirical methods or philosophical methods appropriate to the proposed project.

  • Conduct research and write a PhD dissertation;
  • Undertake relevant coursework and other training;
  • Assist in teaching of 2 courses a year on average;
  • Participate in PhD program activities and the general intellectual life of the Institute.


  • A master’s degree in Political Science or in a cognate discipline with an evident interest in political science;
  • An excellent command of English plus any other language skills appropriate to the project;
  • Excellent study results and academic skills, visible in the bachelors and masters course transcripts;
  • Strong writing skills, visible in the research proposal;
  • The ability to work independently, and as part of a team.

Salary Benefits:

The position starts in January 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter.  If accepted, the candidates will initially be appointed for a probationary period of one year, with the prospect of a prolongation subject to satisfactory performance. The contract may be prolonged with an additional two years.  Salary range from €2,266 to €2,897 gross per month (pay scale P in accordance with the collective employment agreement of Dutch universities). No tuition fees are required.

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), 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 already 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. 

Work Hours:

38 hours per week


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