Posted on: 8 February, 2019
Application deadline: March 10, 2019

Assistant/Associate Professorship in International Relations, ESPOL Lille, France

The European School of Political and Social Science (ESPOL) at Lille Catholic University invites applications for

The European School of Political and Social Science (ESPOL) at Lille Catholic University invites applications for a full-time permanent position as a maître de conférences (equivalent to assistant/associate professor with tenure) in Political Science/International Relations with a focus on diplomacy and/or international organizations. The new faculty member will contribute to research at ESPOL and have the opportunity to pursue her or his own research. She or he will teach in the B.A. and M.A. programmes in political science at ESPOL, as well as participate in other department activities.

The candidate must have a PhD in Political Science, International Relations, or a related discipline and a proven ability to undertake high quality research and publish in international peer-reviewed journals. She or he should have prior teaching experience and will be expected to teach general courses in International Relations, diplomacy, and international organization as well as other courses in related fields, depending on department needs and personal qualifications. These may include, among others, courses on “Theories of International Relations”, “Diplomacy and Negotiation”, and “Global Governance” on the B.A. and M.A. level. The main language of instruction is English, but proficiency in French is an important asset. For candidates without a sufficient knowledge of French, proficiency is expected within 2 years after the appointment.

The appointment starts on 2 September 2019.

ESPOL is a young, diverse, and rapidly growing political science school dedicated to excellence in research and teaching. It is an autonomous department at Lille Catholic University, France’s largest private university with over 30 000 students, which includes faculties of medicine, law, economics, engineering, and humanities. Bringing together an international faculty and investing in bilingual English-French study programmes, ESPOL is committed to an innovative, international, and multi-disciplinary path of development in education and research. Collaborative research at ESPOL-LAB revolves around three broad thematic axes, ‘the quality of democracy’, ‘regulation and governance’, and ‘reconfigurations of the international’, providing platforms for faculty members to participate in common events and projects, next to their own research, which ESPOL also supports through travel grants. More info on research at ESPOL can be found on

The position includes the teaching of 4 to 5 (18- and 24-hour) courses per year, oral exams conducted in the 1st year of the B.A.s, administrative tasks, and B.A. and M.A. thesis supervision.

Remuneration depends on experience and qualification. The employment package includes public and additional private health insurance, a pensions scheme, and other benefits.

Applications must include:

  • a letter of motivation in English or in French, including a statement concerning existing and planned research projects
  • a CV including a publications list
  • three writing samples of published articles or book chapters
  • the contact details of three referees who can be contacted for letters of reference


Applications should be addressed to Dr. Alexis Massart, Director of ESPOL, and sent by email to the following two addresses: and Please do not send us additional documents beyond those listed above. If attachments size exceeds the allowable limit, please use a file transfer service (e.g. Framadrop, WeTransfer, etc.).

The deadline for applications is 10 March 2019. Please note that applications received after the closing date will not normally be accepted. Interviews with short-listed candidates will take place in the second half of April. Candidates who have not been notified by mid-April should assume that their application has not been successful. For further questions and inquiries about the position, please contact

ESPOL encourages diversity in its recruitment. We particularly welcome female applicants and those from an ethnic or cultural minority.