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University Lecturer in the Study of Religion, with specialization in Religion in Contemporary Asia

Vacancy number
Function type
Academic staff
Hours (in fte)
External/ internal
Placed on
29 October 2019
Closing date
01 December 2019

11 more days to apply

The Faculty of Humanities, Leiden Institute for Area Studies (LIAS), Centre for the Study of Religion (LUCSoR) is looking for an

University Lecturer in the Study of Religion, with specialization in Religion in Contemporary Asia

Key responsibilities

  • Teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels, in lecture and seminar formats, and supervision of theses in BA Religious Studies, MA Religious Studies, BA International Studies, BA South and South-East Asian Studies, MA Asian Studies;
  • Specific duties include the teaching of the Introduction to the Study of Religion and the Introduction to Hinduism, as well as seminars on ritual and on religion and media;
  • Doing original research and regular dissemination of the results through appropriate channels;
  • Representation of the field to external audiences and media;
  • Active participation in the running of the centre.

Selection criteria

  • A PhD degree in the Study of Religion or a relevant field;
  • Preferably with a specialization in religion in contemporary Asia (Hinduism and/or Buddhism);
  • 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.

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 based at locations in Leiden and in The Hague. For more information, see Faculty of Humanities.

Leiden 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.

The lecturer will hold a position in the Leiden University Centre for the Study of Religion (LUCSoR), whose mission statement reflects the notion of ‘religion in the world’, as a nutshell summary of the study of religion at Leiden University. Scholars in LUCSoR structurally work together with colleagues in the LIAS. Current staff in the study of religion have expertise in various fields in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Terms and conditions
We offer a fixed-term post from 1 February 2020 until 31 July 2021. salary range from €3,637.- to €4,978.- gross per month on full-time base (pay scale 11  in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). 

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 Job application procedure and employment conditions.

Leiden University requires teaching staff to obtain the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ). If the successful applicant does not already possess this qualification or its equivalent, he/ she must be willing to obtain this Qualification within two years.

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

Enquiries can be made to dr. Corey Williams, email: C.l.Williams@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

Please submit online your application no later than 1 December 2019 via the blue button in our application system. Applicants should submit online. Please ensure that you include in one single PDF document named ‘FAMILY NAME – Given Name – Vacancy Number' and in this order:

  • A CV including education and employment history, courses taught, languages and proficiency levels, and publications (if applicable);
  • A letter of motivation.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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