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Vacancy

University Lecturer in Caribbean History

Vacancy number
22-785 13215
Job type
Academic staff
Hours (in fte)
1
External/ internal
External
Location
Leiden
Placed on
29 November 2022
Closing date
27 January 2023 Vacancy closed

The Leiden University Institute for History invites applications for a

University Lecturer in Caribbean History (1,0 fte)
Vacancy number: 22-785 13215

Starting date 1 August 2023

Job description
The Institute for History seeks to expand its academic staff by appointment of an university lecturer with teaching and research expertise in the field of Caribbean History. As a lecturer, you will teach courses in the BA programme in History, and the MA programme in Colonial and Global History. You will participate in the research programme ‘Colonial and Global History’ of the Institute for History. The chronological expertise we seek for both teaching and research is the period between 1750 and 2000. We particularly welcome applicants with an environmental perspective on Caribbean history to help strengthen the Faculty of Humanities’ profile on the theme of ‘Environmental Humanities and Sustainability’.

Key responsibilities

  • Teaching, curriculum development, and thesis supervision at undergraduate and graduate levels;
  • Initiating new research projects and applying for research funding from external bodies in the Netherlands and Europe;
  • Carrying out research, resulting in the publication of relevant articles in leading journals and books with leading academic presses;
  • Participating in the research programme ‘Colonial and Global History’ of the Institute for History;
  • Engaging with other colleagues in the Faculty of Humanities to develop the collaborative research hub on ‘Environmental Humanities and Sustainability’;
  • Communicating research results beyond academia;
  • Taking on administrative duties, commensurate with career stage.

Selection criteria

  • You hold a PhD degree in History with a specialization in Caribbean history;
  • You have proven teaching experience and didactic capabilities;
  • You are willing and able to participate in all aspects of teaching within the BA programme in History, and the MA programme in Colonial and Global History;
  • You have a record of research funding acquisition, commensurate with career stage;
  • You have a publication record commensurate with career stage;
  • You are able to work together with colleagues in a faculty hub on Environmental Humanities;
  • You have affinity with and capacity for teamwork and collegiality in an intercultural work environment;
  • You have knowledge of and/or experience with inclusive education and research;
  • 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.
  • You have digital knowledge and skills that are relevant for your field of research, and the ability to teach these;
  • This position may come with additional project funds. Well-developed plans for ongoing and future research that explicitly reflect on Caribbean history from an environmental perspective are therefore an important criterion in the selection process.

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 already 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 7,200 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, 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) is in temporary employment for 18 months (1 August 2023 to 31 January 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

Information
For more information about this position, please contact Prof. Michiel van Groesen, Director of Research of the Institute for History (m.van.groesen@hum.leidenuniv.nl)

Applications
Applications should be in English 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 cover letter/letter of motivation
  • A CV including education and employment history, publications, language skills, invited talks and presentations, and courses taught.
  • One sample syllabus for a third-year undergraduate research seminar that could be taught as part of this position (no more than 1,000 words).
  • One key published article or book chapter
  • A detailed statement on research plans for the coming years (no more than 1,500 words).
  • Names, positions, and contact details of two referees (letters are not requested at this stage).

The deadline for applications is 27 January 2023. Interviews and mock lectures (online or on campus) will be held in week 10-11.

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