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University lecturer Modern China

Vacancy number
Function type
Academic staff
Hours (in fte)
External/ internal
Internal, External
Placed on
16 November 2018
Closing date
16 December 2018

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The Faculty of Humanities, Leiden Institute for Area Studies is looking for a University Lecturer Modern China (1.0 FTE)


Key responsibilities

  • Doing original research in the sociology and/or anthropology of modern China, and publishing the results through appropriate channels;
  • Teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels in the aforesaid fields, in China- and Asia-focused settings but also from broader regional or global perspectives; and teaching academic skills needed for the humanities and the social sciences. Teaching will primarily be in the BA China Studies and the MA Asian Studies, but may extend to other programs, e.g. the BA International Studies and the MA International Relations;
  • Supervision of BA and MA theses;
  • Supervision of PhD research;
  • Contributions to curriculum development and to innovation in areas such as program and course design, teaching and learning styles, assessment practice, etc;
  • Acquisition of external project funding from national and international funding bodies;
  • Administration, proportional to rank and experience;
  • Contributions to student recruitment activities: open days, online info, etc;
  • Representation of the field to external audiences and media.

Selection criteria

  • A PhD degree in a relevant field. Candidates near completion of the degree will be considered;
  • A research profile that aligns well with the LIAS profile; research experience in China; and a research and publication record that is commensurate with career stage;
  • Teaching and thesis supervision experience; demonstrable commitment to high-quality teaching practice, including curriculum development and innovation; wide teaching scope in terms of content;
  • Specialist knowledge of modern China, affinity with area studies, and the ability to work from interdisciplinary, transnational, and comparative perspectives;
  • An excellent command of English;
  • An excellent command of Mandarin. Proficiency in other languages is an advantage;
  • If the Lecturer doesn’t speak Dutch, s/he will be required to acquire sufficient proficiency in Dutch within two years from taking up duty. LIAS will fund her/his Dutch training at the Academic Language Center;
  • Experience with the acquisition of external project funding is an advantage;
  • Upon appointment, depending on experience and formal qualifications to date, the Lecturer may be required to enter a teaching skills certification trajectory (BKO or Basis Kwalificatie Onderwijs), successful completion of which is a condition for extensions and permanent employment.

Our Faculty/Institute

The Faculty of Humanities is rich in expertise in fields such as philosophy, religious studies, history, art history, literature, linguistics and area studies covering nearly every region of the world. With its staff of 995, the faculty provides 27 master’s and 25 bachelor’s programmes for over 7,000 students.

The University Lecturer will hold a position in the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies. LIAS is comprised of a School of Asian Studies and a School of Middle-Eastern Studies, with international staff and student populations. The institute is committed to a present-day vision of area studies, integrating disciplinary and regional-historical perspectives on a solid foundation of excellent language skills.

Current staff  in LIAS has expertise in the fields of Anthropology, Archaeology, Art Studies, Buddhist Studies, Film Studies, History, International Relations, Language Pedagogy, Law, Linguistics, Literary Studies, Material Culture Studies, Performance Studies, Philology, Philosophy, Political Economy, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Visual Culture Studies.

Terms and conditions

We offer a position as University Lecturer, for 38 hours per week, fixed-term post from August 2019  through July 2021, with the possibility of renewal based on need, funding and performance.

Salary range, depending on education and work experience, from €3,545 to €5,513 (pay scale 11 or 12 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities) gross per month, based on a full-time appointment. The University Lecturer may start at the appropriate step in scale 10 until s/he fully meets the requirements for scale 11 as specified by the Faculty of Humanities, particularly with regard to teaching skills certification and the number of years of relevant work experience.

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. 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. 


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


Enqueries can be directed to email Dr. Limin Teh, email l.m.teh@hum.leidenuniv.nl, telephone +31 71 - 527 2544.


Applications must be received no later than 16 December 2018, with the interviews with shortlisted candidates scheduled for early February 2019. Applications should be in English, and be submitted vacatureslias@hum.leidenuniv.nl. Please ensure that you include in a single PDF document named ‘FAMILY NAME – Given name – vacancy number and in this order:

  • A letter of motivation;
  • A CV including education and employment history, publications and courses taught;
  • A statement of teaching philosophy;
  • Sample course descriptions;
  • Teaching evaluations;
  • Outline of planned research in individual and/or team projects;
  • Names, positions and email addresses of three referees (no reference letters).


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