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University Lecturer in Sanskrit and Ancient Cultures of South Asia

Vacancy number
Function type
Academic staff
Hours (in fte)
1.0 FTE
External/ internal
Internal, External
Placed on
22 January 2019
Closing date
01 March 2019

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The Faculty of Humanities, Leiden Institute for Area Studies, School of Asian Studies India and Tibet is looking for a University Lecturer in Sanskrit and Ancient Cultures of South Asia (1.0 FTE).

Key responsibilities

The Faculty of Humanities at Leiden University invites applications for a fulltime University Lectureship in Sanskrit and Ancient Cultures of South Asia. This is a temporary replacement position, and appointment will be fixed-term from August 2019 through August 2020. The position will be funded by the NWO project https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/research/research-projects/humanities/from-universe-of-visnu-to-universe-of-siva.

The Lecturer will hold a position in the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS). LIAS is committed to the integration of disciplinary and regional-historical perspectives, on a solid foundation of excellent language skills, and comprises a School of Asian Studies and a School of Middle-Eastern Studies. The candidate will teach in the BA South and Southeast Asian Studies, MA Asian Studies, and other programs and courses as required, primarily Sanskrit courses, as well as courses on Hindu cultural and religious traditions.

  • Teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels, supervision of BA and MA theses, and contributions to curriculum development;
  • Original research and regular dissemination of the results through appropriate channels;
  • Limited administrative duties;
  • Representation of the field to external audiences and media;
  • Acquisition of project funding (NWO, ERC, etc) will be encouraged and facilitated, but is not among the core duties for the position, since this is a replacement position.

Selection criteria

  • A PhD degree in a relevant field (candidates near completion of the degree will be considered);
  • A research and publication record that is commensurate with career stage;
  • Commitment to high-quality teaching practice, and wide teaching scope in terms of content;
  • The ability to teach Sanskrit and premodern Hindu cultures and literatures of South Asia at all levels;
  • An excellent command of English. Most MA programs at Leiden University are taught in English, and English is used in BA teaching as well;
  • Upon appointment, depending on experience and formal qualifications to date, the lecturer may be required to enter a nationally standardized tertiary teaching skills certification trajectory.

Our organisation

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. For more information: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/humanities.

Terms and conditions

We offer a fixed-term post from August 2019 until August 2020. Salary range from €3,637 to €4,978 gross per month (pay scale 11, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). Depending on qualifications, the appointee may start at the appropriate step in scale 10 until the requirements for scale 11 are reached 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. 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 about the function content and the procedure can be made to Professor David Henley, email d.e.f.henley@hum.leidenuniv.nl with CC to Professor Peter Bisschop, email p.c.bisschop@hum.leidenuniv.nl.


Applications should be in English, and be submitted no later than 1 March 2019 via the blue button in our application system and with the items listed below included in this order in *one* PDF document named ‘FAMILY NAME – Given name’:

  • A CV including education and employment history, publications, and courses taught;
  • A letter of motivation including a personal vision of the field;
  • A research agenda (max 2 pages);
  • A teaching statement (1 page);
  • Two sample course descriptions;
  • Names, positions and email addresses of three referees (no reference letters).

Campus interviews are tentatively planned for early April.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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