Two post-doctoral researchers in the field of Terrorism and Political Violence - Leiden University, the Netherlands

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Leiden University’s Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) is looking for two post-doctoral researchers to join the research group ‘Terrorism and Political Violence’ (TPV) for a period of three years at 1.0 FTE. This position is made possible by a H2020 grant from the European Commission, for the project ‘Determining multi-level led causes and testing intervention designs to reduce radicalisation, extremism, and political violence in north-western Europe through social inclusion’ (DRIVE). The project is led by dr. Tahir Abbas. It seeks to understand the nature and outcome of Islamist and far right reciprocal radicalisation in the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, and the UK, with a focus on the role of social exclusion. Using insights from sociology, political science, critical terrorism studies, criminology, and other related fields, the project seeks to better understand, and then design and introduce interventions to help work with violent and non-violent extremists. The partners in this project include Aarhus University, University of Liverpool, University of Oslo, Umeå University, and the University of Cambridge.

Key responsibilities

  • Conduct independent and collaborative research on the role of social exclusion in radicalisation amongst people with Islamist and far right convictions;
  • Independently carry out fieldwork in the Netherlands and to support the research across the other three countries in the project;
  • Disseminate the project’s findings as co-author in high-ranking international peer-reviewed journals, conference presentations, policy reports and other relevant formats;
  • Represent the project to key stakeholders such as the European Commission, academics, and policymakers/practitioners working on the prevention of extremism, radicalization, and terrorism.

Selection criteria

  • A PhD in sociology, political science, criminology, psychology, history or any other relevant discipline;
  • A solid track-record of publications on terrorism and/or political violence in international peer-reviewed academic journals, or the potential to do so;
  • Proven ability to communicate research findings to non-academic audiences, e.g. through professional learning courses, publications aimed at a broader audience, and media work et cetera;
  • The entrepreneurial and social skills necessary to engage in fieldwork in the Netherlands to find access to respondents and utilize personal information collected through observations, focus groups, interviews, and surveys;
  • Methodological experience with dataset creation (Excel), working with descriptive and analytical statistics (SPSS or R), or carrying out qualitative data analysis (Nvivo or Atlas Ti);
  • Demonstrable ability to work in a highly independent manner;
  • Excellent command of English;
  • A ‘can do’ mentality and a team player spirit.

Our organisation

The Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs offers academic education in the field of Public Administration, Safety and Security, and International Relations, as well as in-depth post-academic programmes for professionals. In addition, the Faculty is also home to the Leiden University College. For more information, see http://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/governance-and-global-affairs

Our institute 

The Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) is a scientific institute that focuses on multidisciplinary research and education within the international field of security studies. The approach to issues of security is glocal, that is to say that the local, national, transnational, and global impact is studied and analysed in conjunction with each other. ISGA operates from The Hague, the third major city of the Netherlands, centre of national governance and International City of Peace, Justice and Security.

See https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/governance-and-global-affairs/institute-of-security-and-global-affairs

Research group Terrorism and Political Violence

The appointment is specifically within ‘Terrorism and Political Violence’ (TPV), one of the research groups at the heart of ISGA. TPV is among the few dedicated European centres for research on terrorism and related subjects such as radicalization, (online) extremism, and political violence more broadly. Over the coming years, TPV aims to continue conducting internationally recognized research and high-quality teaching for both students and professionals.

Terms and conditions

The position starts as soon as possible, but no later than 1 January 2021. We offer an initial appointment on a one-year fuill-time basis, with an extension to a total of three years after positive evaluation.

Salary range from €3746 to €5127 gross per month (pay scale 11, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Excellent benefits

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses(8.3 %).  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 https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/working-at/job-application-procedure-and-employment-conditions.


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


Enquiries can be made to dr. Tahir Abbas, email t.abbas@fgga.leidenuniv.nl


Please submit online your application no later than 23 October 2020 via the blue button in our application system.

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

  • Motivation letter;
  • Curriculum vitae including a list of publications;
  • A copy of your completed PhD degree (or a supervisor declaration that the PhD thesis is deemed defendable);
  • The names and contact details of three potential referees (no actual recommendation letters required at this stage).