PhD Position in Political Science at Leiden University, Netherland 2021

The Institute of Political Science of Leiden University’s Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences invites applicants for the Positions of Ph.D. candidates in Political Science.

The Ph.D. researchers will be part of the project “Downsize My Democracy? The Democratic Consequences of Decentralization”, which is financed by an NWO Vidi grant, hosted by the Institute of Political Science, and led by Wouter Veenendaal. This project analyses the democratic consequences of increasing decentralization and regionalization in European countries. It studies the effects of scale on the functioning of democracy in subnational units and investigates the ever more complex relations between various administrative layers. The project explicitly foregrounds informal political dynamics and investigates their interaction with formal political institutions.

However, candidates are asked to specify and motivate whether they are applying for both projects, or have a preference for one of the two. As part of the position of Ph.D. researcher, candidates will receive Ph.D. research training. Candidates are also expected to teach two courses per year, usually as a tutorial instructor.

  • Establishing an independent, internationally recognized research line in quantum information science;
  • Teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level in physics;
  • Supervision of BSc and MSc students in their thesis work;
  • Acquisition of external funds through research grants;
  • Contribution to the inclusive atmosphere, management, and organization of the institute.
  • Salariesrange from € 2, € 3,061.gross per month,
  • Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %),
  • Leiden has set up a dual career program for international spouses,
  • Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.
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Job Requirements
  • Candidates must hold (or be near completing) a (research) master’s degree in political science, public administration, or another relevant discipline;
  • Applicants should have a strong affinity with the project theme, and should be motivated to do political science research;
  • Applicants must have prior training in and a good command of both qualitative and quantitative research methods;
  • Candidates should be able to work both independently and as part of a team;
  • Applicants must have a good command of English.
  • A working understanding of Dutch, French, German, Icelandic, and/or Italian is an advantage.
Application Process
  • Interested applicants should submit
  • a letter of interest,
  • a full CV, and
  • names of two referees to be contacted to provide a reference on candidates’ behalf.
  • a list of completed Bachelor and Master courses (including grades).
Application Deadline: April 1, 2021.

For more information and application, visit the official site.