PhD position in Japan Studies
- Vacancy number
- 22-100 10947
- Function type
- PhD positions
- Hours (in fte)
- External/ internal
- Placed on
- 22 February 2022
- Closing date
- 1 April 2022 Vacancy closed
The Faculty of Humanities, Leiden Institute for Area Studies (LIAS), is looking for a:
PhD position in Japan Studies (1,00 FTE)
Vacancy number: 22-100 10947
The Faculty of Humanities at Leiden University invites applications for a PhD fellowship, funded by the Isaac Alfred Ailion Foundation (IAAF) in the field of Japan Studies. Japan Studies is understood here as a division of area studies involved in social sciences and humanities research on Japan, and includes projects related to the Japanese language, culture, society, history, literature, art, music, politics, economy and science. The fellowship will be for four fulltime years, starting September 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. Only holders of BA and/or MA degree from Japan Studies at Leiden University are eligible to apply. Especially candidates with an interest in social sciences are encouraged to apply.
IAAF was founded in 1983 by Leiden University after a generous bequest by Ms Mabel Ailion, in memory of her father Isaac Alfred Ailion. The Foundation has as one of its aims to further the field of Japan studies at Leiden University.
- Conduct original research and disseminate preliminary results through appropriate channels (conferences, journals, project website, etc.);
- Undertake relevant coursework and other training;
- Write a PhD dissertation;
- Contribute to teaching for up to 15% of overall work time, probably concentrated in years 2-3, and including the (supervised) design of minimally one BA course in one’s broader area of specialization;
- Participate in LIAS PhD program activities.
- Only holders of BA and/or MA degree at Leiden University, with and a proven Japan interest, are eligible to apply;
- A Master’s degree (candidates near completion of the degree will be considered) or equivalent in Japanese Studies or a Master’s degree in other disciplines with a Japan specialization;
- Advanced language skills in Japanese comparable to JLPT level 1-2 (J);
- An excellent command of English;
- Excellent academic skills, visible in the MA thesis or other written work;
- The ability to work independently, and as part of a team.
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, a School of Middle-Eastern Studies and a centre for Religious 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 a fulltime, for 38 hours per week position. The initial appointment will be for one year, with extension for the remaining three years conditional upon good progress. Upon consultation with the board of IAAF it is possible to take up the position as a 0.8 fte position for five years.
Salary range, depending on education and work experience, from € 2,443.-- to € 3122.-- (pay scale PhD in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities) gross per month, based on a full-time appointment.
Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses(8.3 %), and training and career development. 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.
Diversity and inclusion
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.
Queries can be directed to the Secretary of IAAF (email@example.com).
Please submit online your application no later than 04/01/2022 via the blue button in our application system.
Applications should be in English with the items listed below included in this order in a single PDF document named ‘FAMILY NAME – Given name – IAAF PhD’:
- A letter of motivation outlining the applicant’s potential contributions;
- Description of the proposed PhD project (max. 2500 words excludin3rgg references) with a summary (max. 250 words) and 5 keywords;
- A CV and copies of academic transcripts;
- A writing sample of maximally 10,000 words, taken from the Master’s thesis or other substantial academic work, preferably in English;
- Names, positions and email addresses of two referees (no reference letters at this stage).
Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.