Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU), the Netherlands
Aug 31, 2023 21:59:00 GMT+00:00
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Do you have an MA in Politics or a related field? Would you like to combine teaching seminars in a Bachelor’s programme and a PhD research in a challenging interdisciplinary context? Please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU).

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Job description

Since its founding in 2016, John Stuart Mill College of VU Amsterdam offers an international bachelor programme in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE). The PPE programme ( is a joint initiative of three faculties of VU Amsterdam. We are seeking candidates for a PhD candidate/junior lecturer. You teach seminars within the College, play an active role in the PPE community, and conduct research that results in a PhD dissertation supervised by a member of staff from the Political Science and Public Administration Department of the VU. The position involves 50% teaching and 50% research time. Your focus is on (global) politics, with the interdisciplinary scope that is characteristic for PPE. Within this broad field we are looking in particular to candidates with a focus on international relations and global politics (International Political Economy, Geopolitics, International Security) European (EU) studies, and European political economy, though we do not exclude the selection of candidates with other foci.Besides, as a PhD candidate at VU, you are an employee with full employment benefits.

Your duties

  • you support senior teaching staff by leading small group seminars
  • you play an active role in the John Stuart Mill College’s social and intellectual life
  • you are involved in student supervision
  • you complete a PhD dissertation in politics on a topic that falls within the interdisciplinary scope of PPE


  • a completed (research) master degree in either politics or an interdisciplinary programme combining PPE disciplines. Politics was the core focus of your master’s thesis
  • excellent research and writing skills
  • excellent command of the English language
  • you can work in an interdisciplinary and multicultural environment
  • you can work in a team as well as independently
  • you are willing to actively contribute to the community life of the John Stuart Mill College

What are we offering?

We offer an exciting opportunity to contribute to an ambitious and international bachelor programme with highly motivated students and to conduct your own research project at a renowned research university. You will receive appropriate training, personal supervision, and guidance for both your research and teaching tasks, providing an excellent start to an academic career.The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel and amounts € 2.541 (PhD) per month during the first year and increases to € 3,247 (PhD) per month during the fourth year, based on a full-time employment. The job profile is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for 1 FTE.The initial appointment will be for 1 year. If the evaluation is satisfactory, the contract will be extended for 3 years in the first instance and then for another 2 years. The total contract duration will be 6 years. The starting date will preferably be November 1, 2023.Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:

  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package

About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavor – from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 31,000 students. We employ over 5,000 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

Diversity We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

Faculty of Social Sciences The Faculty of Social Sciences examines the major social problems of our time from multiple perspectives. From bullying at school to dealing with transnational immigration, from the rise of populist politicians to creating a self-reliant society. Only at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam you will find all the academic disciplines needed to understand these ‘wicked problems’: alongside the traditional disciplines such as sociology, anthropology and politics, we also research and teach the new social sciences such as communication science and management & organization science. We do not settle for easy answers in our teaching and research. Our researchers and students are critical thinkers and doers who work together to devise surprising solutions to the problems of today.Working at the Faculty of Social Sciences means working with colleagues from a range of academic disciplines in an inspiring and personal work and study environment with excellent research facilities. We employ more than 350 staff members, and we are home to around 3,000 students. 


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until August 31, 2023. If short-listed, you will be asked to submit a brief proposal for your PhD research.Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:Name: Prof. Dr. Bastiaan van Apeldoorn (please allow for the fact that because of the summer break emails cannot be answered from mid-July to mid-August).Position: Professor of Global Political Economy and Geopolitics, and Head of Studies for Politics of PPEE-mail: