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University Lecturer in African History

Vacancy number
19-073 6071
Job type
Academic staff
Hours (in fte)
0.8 FTE
External/ internal
Internal , External
Placed on
18 February 2019
Closing date
1 April 2019 Vacancy closed

The Faculty of Humanities, Institute for History is looking for a University Lecturer in African History (0.8 FTE).

Key responsibilities

  • Teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels, in tutorial, lecture and seminar formats, and supervision of theses at BA History, BA African Languages and Cultures; MA African Studies; BA International Studies;
  • Supervise tutorial groups on Africa in the BA International Studies;
  • Do original research and regular dissemination of the results through appropriate channels;
  • Apply for research funding;
  • Do administrative and coordinating duties, commensurate with career stage;
  • Be involved in representation of the field to external audiences and media;
  • For this position we are specifically looking for candidates willing to apply innovative teaching and research methodology in the Humanities.

Selection criteria

  • A PhD degree in History;
  • A specialisation in African Studies;
  • A publication record that is commensurate with career stage;
  • Proven experience in teaching at university level, including formal teaching evaluations;
  • An excellent command of English;
  • If the lecturer does not speak Dutch, it will be required to acquire sufficient proficiency in Dutch within two years from taking up duty;
  • Upon appointment, depending on experience and formal qualifications to date, the lecturer is required to obtain a nationally standardized teaching skills certification.  

Our organisation

The Faculty of Humanities is rich in expertise in fields such as philosophy, religious studies, history, art history, literature, linguistics, international studies and area studies, covering nearly every region of the world. With its staff of 930, the faculty provides 27 masters and 25 bachelors programmes for over 6,000 students
The lecturer will hold a position in the Institute for History and will participate in the teaching section Africa. At the institute teaching and research are combined. The section Africa colleagues teach in different teaching programmes: BA African Languages and Cultures, MA African Studies, BA International Studies, MA International Relations. 

Terms and conditions

The appointment is for 30.4 hours per week in temporary employment for two years, with the option for an extension to a permanent contract. The rank of lecturer corresponds roughly to that of assistant professor in North-American terms. The salary is in accordance with the collective salary agreement of the Association of Dutch Universities (CAO) and depending on qualifications and experience, the gross monthly salary is €3,637 to €5,656 (pay scale 11 or 12) based on a full-time position.

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.  

Depending on qualifications, the appointee may start at the appropriate step in scale 10 until he/she fully meets the requirements for scales 11/12 as specified by the Faculty of Humanities, particularly with regard to teaching skills certification and the number of years of relevant work experience.
We encourage all staff to learn Dutch and offer access to language classes.


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


Further information for this position can be obtained from the chair of African Studies, Professor Mirjam de Bruijn, email m.e.de.bruijn@hum.leidenuniv.nl


Applications should be in English, and be submitted no later than 1 April 2019 to the African History Search Committee via the blue button in our application system with the items listed below included in this order in a single PDF document named ‘FAMILY NAME/Position African Studies’:

  • CV including education and employment history, publications and courses taught;
  • Letter of motivation, which clearly notes the disciplinary background and the regional specialization (max. 1 page);
  • Research agenda, with the potential for (inter)national grant application (max. 1 page);
  • Two sample course description of electives taught at either the BA level on topics related to African History (max. 1 page each);
  • Names, positions, and email addresses of two referees (no reference letters).

Interviewees will be invited to give a 15-minute mock-lecture and a 10-minute research presentation. Interviews will be held in mid-April 2019.


You can apply via the application button; no applications will be processed on the email addresses.
Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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