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University Lecturer in Medieval History

Vacancy number
22-783 13213
Job type
Academic staff
Hours (in fte)
External/ internal
Placed on
29 November 2022
Closing date
20 January 2023 Vacancy closed

The Leiden University Institute for History invites applications for a

University Lecturer in Medieval History (1,0 fte)
Vacancy number 22-783 13213

 Starting date 1 August 2023

 Job description
The Institute for History seeks to expand its academic staff by appointment of a university lecturer with teaching and research expertise in the field of Medieval History.

Key responsibilities

  • Teaching and curriculum development in the field of medieval history, in both English and Dutch; Medieval History staff may be asked to teach (first-year) courses in the field of Ancient History;
  • Jointly organizing teaching within the section;
  • Carrying out research in the field of medieval history;
  • Participating in the research programme ‘Europe 1000-1800’ of the Institute for History;
  • Administrative duties, commensurate with career stage.
  • Initiating new research projects and applying for research funding from external bodies;
  • Communicate research results beyond academia.


Selection criteria

  • You are a passionate instructor with demonstrable didactic qualities (preferably as evidenced by recent course evaluations), and you have experience in teaching at different university levels (BA and MA);
  • You have completed a PhD in the field of Medieval History;
  • You have a publication record commensurate with your career stage;
  • Your research that fits the theme of the research specialization ‘Europe, 1000-1800’;
  • You have experience in obtaining external funding commensurate with your career stage;
  • You have affinity with, and capacity for teamwork and collegiality in an intercultural work environment;
  • You are willing and able to be consistently present at the Institute for History in person;
  • Teaching in the BA and MA necessitates fluency in Dutch as well as in English. If you do not speak Dutch, you are expected to acquire a good command of Dutch within two years of the appointment. The Institute for History will make resources available to this end.


Upon appointment, depending on experience and formal qualifications to date, you will be required to obtain a nationally standardized teaching skills certification (Basis Kwalificatie Onderwijs, or BKO). If you do not possess this qualification or its equivalent, you must be willing to obtain this qualification within two years.

About our organisation
Since its founding in 1575, Leiden University has acquired an international reputation for excellent teaching and research. With its staff of over 800, the Faculty of Humanities provides 26 Bachelors and 27 Masters programmes for over 7200 students based at locations in Leiden’s historic city centre and in The Hague.

The Institute for History is the home of a vibrant community of researchers and instructors with outstanding track records and success in attracting national and international research grants. Under the label ‘Global Questions, Local Sources’ scholars affiliated to the Institute combine a deep knowledge of global interactions and of specific localities, regions and states in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. They use comparative, connective and entangled approaches, and resort to qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.

All researchers of the Institute for History are connected to one of the six research specializations: The Unification of the Mediterranean World (400 BC – 400 AD), Collective Identities and Transnational Networks in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, 1000-1800, Political Culture and National Identities, Colonial and Global History, Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence, and History and International Relations. For more information on the Institute for History see https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/humanities/institute-for-history.


Diversity and Inclusion
Leiden University’s Institute for History embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized backgrounds to apply.


Terms and conditions
The appointment (1,0 fte) will be temporary for 18 months (1 August, 2023 to January 31st, 2025), with the prospect of a permanent position after positive evaluation. 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) and depending on qualifications and experience. The gross monthly salary is € 3557 (scale 10-4) to € 6181 (scale 12) for a full working week.

Depending on qualifications, as specified by the Faculty of Humanities, particularly regarding teaching skills certification and the number of years of relevant work experience, the appointee may either start at the appropriate step in scale 10, 11 or 12.

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 


For more information about this position, please contact Prof. Philippe Buc (p.buc@hum.leidenuniv.nl).

Applications should be in English or Dutch and should be submitted via the blue button in our application system. Please quote the vacancy number in your application. All requested documents should be sent in one PDF document named ‘FAMILY NAME/vacancy number’:

  • A letter of motivation
  • A CV including education and employment history, publications, language skills, invited talks and presentations, and courses taught.
  • A statement of research (max. 1000 words)
  • Two key publications
  • One course description for a BA course for 2nd year students
  • Names, positions, and contact details of two referees (letters are not requested at this stage).

The deadline for applications is 20 January 2023. Interviews and mock lectures (online or on campus) will be held in week 10.



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