Assistant Professor with a Specialization in Suicide

The Institute of Security and Global Affairs, Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs call for application for Assistant Professor with a Specialization in Suicide.

This position is building on the Programme Social Resilience and Security — an interdisciplinary, interfaculty collaboration, bringing together key expertise on transgressive behaviors across social research disciplines and key societal stakeholders. We team up with researchers from governance, developmental psychology, child studies, clinical psychology, criminal law, archeology, and humanities. One pillar of the project focuses on suicide and suicide prevention; this project seeks to study suicide from psychology, public health, and violence studies perspectives, using a range of methodologies. The Assistant Professor will be a key member of the team. The position involves substantial research assessing risk and resilience in suicide.

The Assistant Professor will take the lead on many aspects of the project. That includes but is not limited to: planning the research, leading the ethics and data reviews, gathering data, independently conducting the analyses, publishing findings, co-authoring scientific output with the other team members, as well as organizing and participating in conferences. 

Duration: 12 months


The successful applicant will be expected to:

  • Develop and teach courses in violence, with a specific focus on self-directed violence (suicide and suicide prevention) at both Masters’s and Bachelor’s levels in various programs of the Institute;
  • Conduct independent research and support the further and ongoing development and implementation of the research strategy of the Institute;
  • Participate in professional-learning courses to maximize the societal impact of academic research and ensure its relevance beyond the academy;
  • Continue to build an (inter)national network that spans both academics and policymakers and practitioners working on topics related to suicide and suicide prevention;
  • Engage in the public debate on interpersonal violence and self-inflicted violence (suicide and suicide prevention);
  • Actively contribute to administrative service and the renewal and ongoing improvement of educational practices at Bachelor’s and Master’s levels;
  • Supervision of thesis and capstone projects, and contribute to the tutorial system of student mentoring and advising.
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  • Salary ranges from € 3.974,- to € 5.439,- gross per month.
  • 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. 

Job Requirements

Applicants should have the following qualifications:

  • PhD degree in the social sciences or public health. 
  • Demonstrable research in the field of suicide and suicide prevention;
  • Outstanding research qualities manifest in an established or developing publication record that includes publications in international peer-reviewed journals; 
  • Demonstrable excellence in research-led teaching, in English-taught courses;
  • Strong quantitative skills;
  • Demonstrable passion for education, in and out of the classroom (experience with blended learning technologies);
  • Demonstrable commitment to a close-knit, interdisciplinary academic community;
  • Excellent command of English (both in written and oral form);
  • Experience in participating in interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary research.

Application Process

Qualified applicants are requested to send;

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

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Application Deadline: September 30, 2022.

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