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University Lecturer (UD) in Gender and Sexuality Studies (0.8-1.0 FTE), starting date 1 August 2022

Vacancy number
22-123 11125
Job type
Academic staff
Hours (in fte)
External/ internal
Den Haag , Leiden
Placed on
1 March 2022
Closing date
31 March 2022 Vacancy closed

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

University Lecturer (UD) in Gender and Sexuality Studies (0.8-1.0 FTE), starting date 1 August 2022

The Leiden University Center for the Arts in Society (LUCAS) is seeking to hire a University Lecturer (UD) with an expertise in gender and sexuality studies, as well as familiarity with film, literature or media studies.

The successful applicant will conduct research and teach courses at BA and MA levels. These include the BA Film and Literary Studies, the minor programme Gender & Sexuality in Society and Culture, the MA Media Studies (track Cultural Analysis), and BA courses at Leiden University College (The Hague).

Besides a strong theoretical grounding in recent theory on gender and sexuality, we particularly welcome candidates who have an affinity with one or more theories and fields adjacent to gender and sexuality studies, e.g., critical race theory, disability studies, intersectionality, migration studies, queer theory, critical environmentalism.

Key responsibilities

  • Developing, teaching and coordinating courses on gender and sexuality at different levels (e.g., in the BA programme Film and literary Studies, the MA Media Studies, Leiden University College, and related programmes). Language of instruction is Dutch and English, and classes are taught in both Leiden and The Hague; 
  • Supervising BA and (Res)MA theses, as well as internships, in Dutch and English;
  • Playing an active role in recruiting students by contributing to open days, orientation and information sessions;
  • Participating in the development and implementation of educational innovations, also in digital form;
  • Conducting research based on an individual research plan within one of the research programmes of LUCAS and presenting the results in the form of publications, conference presentations and other means – to academic, professional/societal partners and wider audiences;
  • Acquiring project funding at national and international level (NWO, ERC, Horizon Europe etc.)
  • Co-supervising PhD candidates;
  • Fulfilling administrative duties within the eductional programmes, the LUCAS institute and/or the Faculty of Humanities;
  • Participating in the academic community of the Institute;
  • Being well-connected and eager to further develop an extensive network in the field.

Your profile

  • You have a PhD degree in Film Studies, Literary Studies, Media Studies or Cultural Analysis with a specialisation in Gender and Sexuality;
  • You have a strong academic teaching record, both on BA and (research) MA level, as demonstrated by teaching evaluations and a BKO/UTQ registration (or willingness to obtain the nationally standardised University Teaching Qualification within two years);
  • You are a committed and inspiring teacher, with an inclusive approach to education and the ability to engage a diverse community of BA and (research) MA students;
  • You are aware of current issues, viewpoints and innovative theories and methods within the field;
  • You have a research profile that fits within LUCAS and affinity with its aims, values and strategy;
  • You have a proven track record of excellent research, as demonstrated by a list of peer-reviewed publications and awards/grants commensurate with career stage;
  • You are a clear communicator and team player, enthusiastic to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries, in both teaching and research;
  • You possess the following competences: conceptual capacity, environment orientation, presenting skills, result orientation;
  • You have (near) native proficiency in Dutch and English (or willingness to master a C1 level of fluency in Dutch within two years, with funding being provided by the LUCAS institute).

Please note that the successful applicant will be required to work from The Netherlands for at least 75% of their contract hours.

The 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.

We offer

We offer a position as University Lecturer (Dutch: Universitair Docent/UD) for 0.8-1.0 FTE (exact size tbd) initially for 1.5 years, with the possibility of an extension to a permanent position, based on funding, need and performance. The appointment will consist of 80% teaching/admin, and 20% research. The salary is in accordance with the collective salary agreement of the Association of Dutch Universities (CAO) and depending on qualifications and experience. The gross monthly salary is € 3.420,- (scale 10) to € 5,230,- (scale 11) for a full working week. Depending on qualifications, the appointee 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 teaching skills certification and 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. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. https://www.workingat.leiden.edu/.

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, they must be willing to obtain this Qualification within two years.


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


Enquiries can be made to the Programme Chair of the BA Film and Literary Studies, dr. Peter Verstraten (P.W.J.Verstraten@hum.leidenuniv.nl) and the Coordinator of the Minor Gender and Sexuality in Society and Culture, dr. Looi van Kessel (l.van.kessel@hum.leidenuniv.nl). Questions about the procedure can be directed at Mariska de Groot (im-lucas@hum.leidenuniv.nl).

How To Apply

Please submit your application via the online recruitment system, via the blue button at the top of this page, latest 31 March 2022. Applications received via e-mail will not be taken into consideration. Your application should include:

  • A letter of motivation including a discussion of the candidate’s current scholarship, future research plans, and vision on teaching (max. 2 A4);
  • A CV including education and employment history, publications, courses taught and language proficiency;
  • An outline of your research plans for the coming years, with clear potential for grant applications (max. 2 A4);
  • Recent teaching evaluations;
  • Names, positions, and email addresses of two referees (no reference letters); please list these on your cv rather than filling them out separately in the system.

Interviews and teaching presentations will take place between 11 and 30 April. The appointment will start 1 August 2022.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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