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Universitair docent Romeinse / Post-Romeinse Archeologie van het eerste millennium na Christus

Vacancy number
Job type
Academic staff
Hours (in fte)
External/ internal
Placed on
26 November 2021
Closing date
3 January 2022 Vacancy closed

From April 2022, the Department of World Archaeology of the Faculty of Archaeology has a vacancy for a:
Assistant Professor Roman/Post-Roman Archaeology of the First Millennium AD (1.0 fte)
Vacancy number 21-626

Your Profile
We are looking for an enthusiastic lecturer and outstanding researcher with demonstrable teaching experience in Roman and Post-Roman Archaeology of the First Millennium AD. You will have completed a PhD in this area and have demonstrated that you are able independently to set up a line of research about the Archaeology of the First Millennium AD, with a focus on the Mediterranean and/or Northwest Europe. The execution of fieldwork should be central to this line of research. The candidate should also have demonstrated their ability to obtain external research funding.
Preferably you will have international research experience. We are particularly interested in candidates whose perspective extends beyond the strict boundaries of cultural areas and periods, and who have a specific interest in continuity and discontinuity in the Roman cultural area (such as the transition between the Hellenistic and Roman world at the beginning of the millennium, or the transition from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages). In chronological and geographical terms, we are seek to supplement the existing expertise within the Department of World Archaeology.
Preference will be given to an archaeologist who has independently led fieldwork projects and who can contribute with a project to the Field School of the Faculty of Archaeology. Given the fieldwork aspect, a good command of the Dutch and English language is desirable.

The Faculty has a tradition of cultivating strong relationships between research and education, and is currently developing new forms of education (including online, blended and active education). In terms of specialization, we are looking for a teacher who engages students enthusiastically in the historical archaeology of Roman cultural heritage, connecting theoretical issues with empirical, practical approaches in fieldwork and materials research. 
The Department of World Archaeology attaches great value to theoretical and methodical innovation and competes internationally at the top in projects and research grants. We are looking for an exceptional colleague with innovative ideas on Roman and Post-Roman Archaeology of the First Millennium AD and a proven capacity to turn these ideas into a successful research programme, while also achieving success in the acquisition of funding.

The candidate is also expected to be broadly-deployable at a conceptual level. This includes cross-specialization theoretical and thematic education within the Faculty, such as the (Research) MA theory lectures and BA2 World Archaeology. 
Thematic lectures would include, for example, landscape archaeology, complex communities, the development of cities, the relationship of empires in “global” perspectives, human migration, and technologies and material culture through archaeological examples. The candidate would be expected to develop faculty-wide initiatives on these themes, as well as to supervise cross-departmental theses at BA, MA and RMA level. A broad, general knowledge of the after-effects of the material culture of Antiquity in later periods (such as the Middle Ages, but also the Nachleben up to the present day) is essential.

The candidate is expected to organize stimulating activities and events in the context of education and/or research, also in broader contexts within and outside the Faculty. You would be free to organize your own research, including the fieldwork project for field school, the latter in coordination with the Faculty’s Field Unit (LAFU).

The Job
•    Providing lectures and tutorials in World Archaeology courses, within the various education programmes, as well as coordinating education in the BA, MA and RMA programmes of the Faculty of Archaeology;
•    Independently conducting research into Roman and Post-Roman Archaeology and History in the First millennium AD, preferably in the Mediterranean region and/or Northwestern Europe, with a preference for intersection, culminating in presenting/publishing of the results;
•    Acquiring research funding in the Dutch second and third funding flows, in consultation with the Department of World Archaeology;
•    Setting up and leading a (long-term) fieldwork project in which students can be trained and research can be carried out;
•    Supervising Teaching Assistants;
•    Contributing to the management of current projects within the department;
•    Contributing to administrative activities within the faculty.

The University of Leiden attaches great importance to the quality of its education and requires that academic teaching staff are in possession of the Basic Education Qualification Certificate (BKO) or are prepared to obtain it within two years. .
Selection Criteria
•    Doctorate in Roman/Post-Roman Archaeology of the First millennium AD, preferably with a focus on the Mediterranean and/or Northwest Europe;
•    Demonstrable experience in directing archaeological fieldwork and maintaining necessary relationships with local services, local communities, administrators, funds, etc.;
•    Demonstrable experience in teaching in higher education, as evidenced by a teaching portfolio and course evaluations in Archaeology and/or related interdisciplinary courses;
•    Experience in preparing, organizing and executing education for BA, MA and RMA students;
•    Demonstrable merit in interdisciplinary and innovative scientific research, as evidenced by a number of scientific publications;
•    Experience as an independent researcher, preferably within an own line of research;
•    Coordination and managerial experience is recommended, for example as evidenced by previous collaborations and joint projects;
•    Excellent interpersonal skills, communication skills and team player;
•    Good command of both the Dutch and English language. If the successful candidate does not yet have a reasonable grasp of the Dutch language, he/she must be prepared to learn it within four years.

The Faculty
The Future of the Past begins in Leiden. The Faculty of Archaeology, with approximately 500 students, is an internationally-oriented faculty in the multidisciplinary world of Archaeology. The Faculty is characterized by its diversity and a strong interconnection between education and research. Researchers in all facets of the subject determine the future of archaeological research here. The Faculty consists of three departments: Archaeological Sciences; Heritage & 
Society, and World Archaeology.
Information about the World Archaeology Department can be found at:

We offer
The appointment takes place in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. This is an appointment for a period of 5 years with the prospect of a permanent appointment. The salary for a university lecturer is a minimum of € 3.807 gross per month and a maximum of €5.922 gross per month (scale 11 or 12). The exact salary will depend on the candidate’s education and experience.
In addition, Leiden University has good terms of employment. For example, there is an end-of-year bonus (8.3%), holiday allowance (8%), excellent training facilities, paid parental leave, sabbatical leave and the choice of tailor-made employment conditions via a choice model. All information about this can be found at: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/werken-bij

Leiden University attaches great importance to diversity and therefore welcomes applications from people who are currently under-represented at Leiden.

For more information about the content of this feature, please contact Joanita Vroom, Professor of the Archaeology of Medieval and Early Modern Eurasia, and Chair of the Department of World Archaeology, j.a.c.vroom@arch.leidenuniv.nl
More information about Leiden University can be found at https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en.

You can apply via the 'Apply' button. The deadline for applications is January 3rd 2022. Applications can be addressed to Josephine Say, Management Assistant at the Department of World Archaeology,
Please attach the following additional documents as one PDF file stating the job number above:
•    A covering letter containing your motivation to apply for this position;
•    A CV and list of publications (including a list of 5 selected top publications);
•    Two recent articles (ideally as links to freely available online publications);
•    An overview of your experience with (World) Archaeology courses, together with a detailed syllabus of the most relevant course;
•    If available, the results of the student evaluation of that course;
•    The names and contact addresses of two academic referees, at least one of whom may not be the thesis supervisor or your current employer. Letters of recommendation are not necessary at this stage.

It is hoped that interviews will be scheduled for the end of Janury and February. Selected candidates will initially be invited for an online interview. We kindly request that you be available  (online) during this period.
Acquisition in response to this advertisement is not appreciated.

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