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University Lecturer in American Studies / International Studies / International Relations

Vacancy number
22-792 13225
Job type
Academic staff
Hours (in fte)
External/ internal
Placed on
29 November 2022
Closing date
29 January 2023 Apply today

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The Leiden University Institute for History invites applications for a

University Lecturer in History / International Studies / International Relations (fte 1.0)
Vacancy number: 22-792 13225

Starting date: August 1, 2023

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 North American Studies. 
As a lecturer you will be primarily responsible for research and teaching on the history, politics and foreign relations of the United States.
You will teach courses as needed in the History programme, the MA North American Studies, the MA International Relations and in the ‘North America’ specialization within the BA International Studies. You will participate in the research programme ‘History and International Studies, 1900 – present’ of the Institute for History.

Key responsibilities
The successful applicant will be expected to:

  • Teach in the History programmes, the MA North America Studies, the MA International Relations, and the BA International Studies, especially on issues related to America in the world, including debates in the US on international politics.
  • Supervise BA and MA theses, and if applicable co-supervising PhD theses;
  • Research and publish through appropriate academic channels;
  • Contribute to curriculum development and programme management;
  • Acquire project funding at the national, European and international levels;
  • Participate in the research programme History and International Studies of the Institute for History;
  • Play an active role within the community of America / IR scholars across the Faculty of Humanities;
  • Communicate research results beyond academia;
  • Administrative duties, commensurate with career stage.

Selection criteria                                               

  • You hold a PhD degree in History, American Studies, International Relations, or another relevant discipline;
  • You have demonstrable knowledge of the field of America in Global Affairs, as specified above;
  • You have a commensurate record of peer reviewed academic publications in relevant fields;
  • You have a strong academic teaching record at the university level;
  • You have affinity with and capacity for teamwork and collegiality in an intercultural work environment;
  • You have academic administrative / management experience;
  • You have an excellent command of English. If you do not speak Dutch, you are expected to learn Dutch within a period of two years (Dutch language learning is funded by the Institute for History);
  • You have well-developed plans for ongoing and future teaching and research.
  • You have digital knowledge and skills that are relevant for your field of research, and the ability to teach these;

Upon appointment, depending on experience and formal qualifications to date, you are 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 faculty, institute and programmes
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.

For more information on the Institute for History (https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/humanities/institute-for-history.), on North American Studies North American Studies (MA) - Leiden University (universiteitleiden.nl), on the MA International Relations (https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/education/study-programmes/master/international-relations/european-union-studies), and on the BA International Studies (International Studies (BA) - Leiden University (universiteitleiden.nl).

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

Terms and conditions
The appointment (fte 1.0) is in temporary employment for 18 months (August 1, 2023 to January 31, 2025), with the prospect of a permanent position after positive evaluation. 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 further information please contact Prof. André W.M. Gerrits ( a.w.m.gerrits@hum.leidenuniv.nl) with a c.c. to Prof. Damian Pargas (d.a.pargas@hum.leidenuniv.nl).

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/American Studies:

  • Letter of motivation.
  • Curriculum Vitae including education, employment history, publications, courses taught, administrative experience, and languages and proficiency levels.
  • Three course evaluations.
  • Short description of an MA elective course that could be taught as part of this position (no more than 1,000 words).
  • Detailed statement on research plans for the coming years (no more than 1,000 words).
  • A copy of one key publication.
  • Names, positions, and email addresses of two referees (no reference letters).

The deadline for applications is January 29, 2023. Interviews and mock lectures (online or on campus) will be held in week 9, 2023.

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