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University Lecturer (0.8 fte)

Vacancy number
22-621 12784
Job type
Academic staff
Hours (in fte)
External/ internal
Placed on
4 October 2022
Closing date
31 October 2022 Vacancy closed

The Institute for History of the Faculty of Humanities at Leiden University is looking for a

University Lecturer (0.8 fte)
Vacancy No: 22-621 12784

Within the Early Modern and Modern History section of the Institute for History at the Faculty of Humanities (Leiden University) a position will be available with effect from 1 February 2023 for an enthusiastic University Lecturer to carry out activities in the field of early modern Colonial and Global History.

Job description:
The Early Modern and Modern History section of the Institute for History focuses on the history of politics and culture in Europe, Asia, and the Americas, as well as on processes of European expansion and globalization. We are now looking for a colleague with experience in teaching and research in Colonial and Global History pertaining more in particular to the early modern Indian Ocean world. We prefer applicants with a proven track record of research that is based on in-depth knowledge of the various archives of the Dutch East India Company, preferably in combination with expertise of at least one region in the wider Indian Ocean. 


  • Teaching in the field of Colonial and Global History at the undergraduate (primarily Dutch-language) and master’s (primarily English-language) levels;
  • Jointly organizing the teaching within the section;
  • Carrying out research, resulting in the publication of relevant articles and books in the field of Colonial and Global History;
  • Initiating new research projects and applying for research funding from external bodies;
  • Initiating and coordinating academic cooperation in the field of Colonial and Global History with (potential) partner institutions across the world, in particular in the context of the Cosmos Malabaricus project of the Kerala Council of Historical Research in India;
  • (Co-)Editorship for relevant journals or book series, such as the LUP-series Dutch Sources on Colonial and Global History with Leiden University Press.  

Selection criteria

  • Proven teaching experience and didactic capabilities;
  • A completed PhD dissertation in the field of Colonial and Global History, preferably pertaining to the early modern history of the Indian Ocean world;
  • A research agenda which will contribute to the development of a Colonial and Global History research profile within the section and the Institute;
  • Willingness to participate in all aspects of teaching within the General History section and the MA specialization Colonial and Global History;
  • Ability to use published and unpublished Dutch-language colonial sources;
  • Deep knowledge of the archival collections of the VOC in the Netherlands and abroad, including their potential for writing regional Asian histories;
  • Basic knowledge in the field of Archival Studies as well as preparedness to learn/use the latest technological skills regarding Digital Humanities (incl. HTR);
  • Expertise in the early modern history of at least one region in the Indian Ocean world, preferably with a capacity to use sources in at least one relevant Asian language;
  • Ability to work in Dutch and English. Candidates from outside the Netherlands will be expected to acquire basic skills in teaching in the Dutch language within the first two year of their appointment;
  • Possession of a Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO), or willingness to acquire this qualification.

About our faculty
Since its founding in 1575, Leiden University has acquired an international reputation for excellent teaching and research.  With its staff of 800, the Faculty of Humanities provides 25 Bachelors and 28 Masters programmes for over 7,200 students based at locations in Leiden’s historic city centre and in The Hague. For more information on the Institute for History https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/humanities/institute-for-history.

Fostering an inclusive community is a central element of the values and vision of Leiden University. Leiden University is committed to becoming an inclusive community which enables all students and staff to feel valued and respected and to develop their full potential. Diversity in experiences and perspectives enriches our teaching and strengthens our research. High quality teaching and research is inclusive.

Terms and conditions
The appointment is for 30,4 hours per week (0.8 fte) in temporary employment for a period of 18 months, with the option to become a permanent member of staff thereafter. The position corresponds to the position of University Lecturer in the University system of job profiles (UFO).

The salary is in accordance with the collective salary agreement of the Association of Dutch universities (CAO NU). Depending on qualifications and experience, the gross monthly salary is € 3557 (scale 10-4) to € 6181 (scale 12) for a full working week. Leiden University also offers an annual holiday premium of 8% and an end-of-year premium of 8.3%.

For more information about this position, please contact Professor dr. Jos Gommans: (j.j.l.gommans@hum.leidenuniv.nl)

Applications, accompanied by

(a) a curriculum vitae, 
(b) a one-page course design for a third-year undergraduate research seminar, and
(c) a copy of a key publication

mentioning the vacancy number can be submitted via the blue button in our application system, up to and including 31 October 2022.

Interviews will take place in the second and third week of November 2022

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