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2-year Lecturer position in Medieval English Language and Literature

Vacancy number
Job type
Academic staff
Hours (in fte)
External/ internal
Placed on
20 July 2021
Closing date
31 August 2021 Vacancy closed

The Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS) invites applications for a

2-year Lecturer position in Medieval English Language and Literature

Project description 
The lecturer will hold a position within the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS) and teach courses as needed in the BA English Language and Culture and the MA Literary Studies, as well as supervise BA and MA theses in various programmes. Applications are invited from scholars of Middle English literature.

Selection criteria

  • Prepare and teach courses and tutorials/seminars on Old English, Middle English language and literature and the History of the English Language at different levels in the BA English Language and Culture (language of instruction: English);
  • Teach courses as needed in other BA and MA programmes of the Faculty of Humanities;
  • Engage in all usual forms of instruction, including supervising exams, BA theses and MA theses on medieval English literature (in English);
  • Act as second reader for BA theses in the International Studies programme;
  • Play an active role in recruiting Dutch and international students by contributing to occasional open days, orientation and information sessions;
  • Contribute to administrative and management duties within the BA programme;
  • Actively participate in the academic community of the institute.


  • A completed, or almost completed, PhD in Middle English literature;
  • Good working knowledge of English historical linguistics, including the ability to lead tutorials and seminars on the grammar of Old and Middle English and on the history of the English language;
  • Strong working knowledge of cultural and literary theory;
  • Awareness of current issues, viewpoints as well as innovative methods within the field;
  • Demonstrable and outstanding teaching skills (demonstrated by teaching evaluations, teaching qualifications or courses, etc.); experience in teaching at the BA level; experience with educational innovations;
  • Proven track record of independent research in the field of Middle English literature, typically demonstrated by a substantial list of peer-reviewed publications in the field;
  • Native or near-native level of English;
  • Flexible, with excellent communication and collaboration skills.

Our organisation
Leiden University’s 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.

The Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS) is an international, interdisciplinary research institute of the Faculty of Humanities at Leiden University. The Institute hosts academic disciplines and fields in which the relationship between art, popular culture, and society is studied. Strengthened by a great diversity of perspectives and research areas – from art history to media studies; and from early modern theatre to interactive games – the institute strives for a deeper understanding of the historical, creative and social aspects of culture and the arts from classical antiquity to the contemporary world. For more information, see the website of Humanities.

Terms and conditions
We offer a 0.5 FTE position initially for one year, with the possibility of renewal for one year based on performance. Salary range from € 2.846,- to € 4.490,- gross per month for a fulltime appointment depending on prior education and working experience (pay scale 10, 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. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. For more information, see the website.

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

Enquiries can be made to the head of the BA English programme, Prof. Janet Grijzenhout, email j.grijzenhout@hum.leidenuniv.nl. Questions about the procedure can be directed at Mariska de Groot, email im-lucas@hum.leidenuniv.nl. Information about LUCAS can be found at the website.

Please submit your application online no later than 31 August 2021 via the blue button in our application system. Your application should include:

  • A CV, including education and employment history, publications, and courses taught;
  • A teaching dossier, including information about relevant training, course evaluations, and sample course material (such as a syllabus or assignments);
  • An article-length writing sample (in English);
  • A cover letter;
  • The names of two academic references in the required field.

The appointment will start 1st January 2022.

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