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University Lecturer in Ancient History

Vacancy number
22-784 13214
Job type
Academic staff
Hours (in fte)
External/ internal
Placed on
29 November 2022
Closing date
20 January 2023 Vacancy closed

The Faculty of Humanities at Leiden University invites applications for a fulltime university lectureship in Ancient History. The starting date for this position is 1 August 2023.

University Lectureship in Ancient History (0.8 fte)
Vacancy number: 22-784 13214

Key responsibilities

  • Teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels in the BA, MA and ResMa programmes in History as well as the BA and MA programmes in Classics and Ancient Near Eastern Studies; supervision of BA and MA theses, in both English and Dutch; staffs members specializing in Ancient History may be asked to teach (first-year) courses in the field of Medieval History;
  • Original research and regular dissemination of the results through appropriate academic channels;
  • Participate in the research programme The Unification of the Mediterranean World (UMC) of the Institute for History;
  • Administrative duties commensurate with career stage at the Institute for History and/or at the various study programmes that include courses in Ancient History;
  • Acquisition of research-funding from NWO, ERC and other sources;
  • Representation of the field to external audiences and in public media.

Selection Criteria

  • You have a good academic teaching record commensurate with career stage (evidenced by evaluations); you are committed to high-quality teaching practice, and have wide thematic teaching scope.   
  • You have a PhD degree in Ancient History;
    You have specialist knowledge of Greek or Roman history matching at least one of the themes covered by the research profile of the department of Ancient History (The Unification of the Mediterranean World)). The department particularly welcomes applications by candidates specializing in cultural history, religious history or the history of mentality;
  • You have a research and publication record that is commensurate with career stage;
  • You have earning capacity when it comes to external funding.
  • You are willing to develop initiatives in teaching and research;
  • You are willing to undertake administrative responsibilities commensurate with career stage, at Institute and Faculty level;
  • You have affinity with and capacity for teamwork and collegiality in an intercultural work environment;
  • You have an excellent command of English and a good command of Dutch. If you do not speak Dutch, you are expected to acquire a good command of Dutch (B1 level) 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 lecturers with outstanding track records and successful 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 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 (0,8 fte) is in temporary employment 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

Further information can be obtained from Prof. L. de Ligt ( l.de.ligt@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/Ancient History’:

Phase 1 (all applicants):

  • A letter of motivation (no more than 3 pages);
  • A Curriculum Vitae including education, employment history, publications, courses taught and languages & proficiency levels;
  • A copy of one key publication;
  • Names, positions and email addresses of two referees (no reference letters).

Those candidates who will be invited for an interview will be asked to submit two further documents, namely: 

  • A statement on teaching (max. 1,000  words) and a short description of a BA2 course in Ancient History;
  • A brief statement on research plans for the coming years (no more than 500 words)

The deadline for applications is 20 January 2023. Interviews will be held in week 9 or 10.

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