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University Lecturer in Global Political Economy of Japan

Vacancy number
21-636 10202
Job type
Academic staff
Hours (in fte)
External/ internal
Placed on
7 December 2021
Closing date
31 January 2022 Vacancy closed

The Faculty of Humanities, Leiden Institute for Area Studies (LIAS), is looking for a:

University Lecturer in Global Political Economy of Japan (1,00 FTE)
Vacancy number: 21-636 10202

We are seeking applications from scholars of Japan with a PhD in global political economy, international relations, political science, development studies, or geography, with demonstrated teaching experience and research potential. The ideal candidate has experience in supervising BA and MA theses, an in-depth understanding of contemporary Japan, and proficiency in the Japanese language. We have identified supervision and teaching needs in political economy, politics, and international relations.

Selection Criteria

  • A doctorate in global political economy, international relations, political science, development studies, or geography with a focus on contemporary Japan.
  • Experience in teaching undergraduate and graduate students, and supervising theses.
  • Demonstrated excellence in research and publishing commensurate with the applicant’s career stage.
  • High level of proficiency in English and Japanese.

Key responsibilities

  • Supervising theses in Japan Studies, (East) Asian Studies and International Relations/Global Political Economy.
  • Teaching BA- and MA-level courses related to political economy, politics, or international relations with a focus on Japan/East Asia, in the BA Japan Studies and MA Asian studies (Leiden), BA International Studies (The Hague), and MA International Relations (Leiden).
  • Developing a research trajectory, including the submission of competitive grant proposals.
  • Contribution to the administrative work within the Japan Studies program and/or related programs in the Humanities.

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: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/humanities.

Leiden Institute for Area Studies (https://www.hum.leiden.edu/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.

Terms and conditions

We offer an 18 months fulltime position (38 hours per week) from 1 August 2022 - 31 January 2024, with the possibility of a permanent position thereafter.
Salary range from €3807.- to €5211.- gross per month (pay scale 11), in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). The University Lecturer may start at the appropriate step in scale 10 until they fully meet the requirements for scale 11 as specified by the Faculty of Humanities, particularly with regard to 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 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.


Queries can be directed to Dr. Lindsay Black (l.black@hum.leidenuniv.nl).

Please submit online your application no later than 31 January 2022 via the blue button in our application system. Interviews with shortlisted candidates are scheduled for 10, 11 and 14 March 2022.

All application materials should be submitted in a single PDF documents named ‘FAMILY NAME – Given name – Vacancynumer.

Please include the following files in this order:

  1. Letter of motivation (max 1 page)
  2. A statement describing teaching and advising experience.
  3. A statement describing research focus and trajectory, including current and potential funding applications.
  4. Curriculum Vitae including education and employment history, publications, and courses taught.
  5. Names, positions and email addresses of three referees (no reference letters).

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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