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Lecturer in Anthropology/Sociology of Japan

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29 oktober 2019
05 januari 2020

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Leiden Institute for Area Studies (LIAS) of the Faculty of Humanities, is looking for a

Lecturer in Anthropology/Sociology of Japan 

Key responsibilities

  • Teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels, in lecture and seminar formats, including the supervision of BA and MA theses;
  • Teaching in various teaching programmes of the faculty, including BA International Studies and MA International Relations;
  • Administrative duties, commensurate with career stage;
  • Representation of the field to external audiences and media.

Selection criteria

  • Excellent research qualities, visible in a PhD degree (candidates near completion of the degree will be considered), research experience in situ, and a high-quality, internationally accessible publication record, as measured against career stage;
  • Demonstrable commitment to high-quality teaching practice, and the ability to teach (multi)disciplinary courses in Japan Studies and (East-) Asian and Area Studies.  The successful candidate takes an inclusive approach to teaching;
  • Disciplinary expertise in anthropology/sociology, with a focus on contemporary Japan and (East-) Asia, and openness to interdisciplinary cooperation;
  • An excellent command of Japanese. Competence in other (East )Asian languages is an advantage;
  • Administrative abilities, as measured against career stage;
  • An excellent command of English. The majority of the MA programs at Leiden University are taught in English, and staff members who have a better command of English than of Dutch may teach in English in BA programs as well. (If the lecturer is not Dutch-speaking, she or he is expected to acquire a good command of Dutch within two years from taking up duty. LIAS will make resources available to this end.)

Our organisation
The 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. For more information, see Faculty of Humanities.

Leiden Institute for Area Studies (LIAS) is comprised of a School of Asian Studies and a School of Middle-Eastern Studies, with international staff and student populations. The institute is committed to a present-day vision of area studies, integrating disciplinary and regional-historical perspectives on a solid foundation of excellent language skills. Current staff  in LIAS has expertise in the fields of anthropology, archaeology, art studies, Buddhist studies, film studies, history, international relations, language pedagogy, law, linguistics, literary studies, material culture studies, performance studies, philology, philosophy, political economy, religious studies, sociology, and visual culture studies.

Terms and conditions
We offer a fixed-term post from 1 August 2020 until 31 July 2022. Subject to experience and teaching skills certifications, salary range from €3,637.- to €4,978.- gross per month on full-time base (pay scale 11  in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). 

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 Job application procedure and employment conditions.

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, he/ she must be willing to obtain this Qualification within two years.

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

Enquiries can be made to Katarzyna Cwiertka, email: k.j.cwiertka@hum.leidenuniv.nl.


Please submit online your application no later than 5 January 2020 via the blue button in our application system. Applicants should submit online. Please ensure that you include in one single PDF document named ‘FAMILY NAME – Given Name – Vacancy Number' and in this order:

  • A letter of motivation;
  • A CV including education and employment history, publications and courses taught;
  • A statement of teaching philosophy;
  • Sample course descriptions;
  • Teaching evaluations;
  • Names, positions and email addresses of three referees (no reference letters).

​​​​​​​ The interviews with shortlisted candidates are tentative scheduled for late February/early March 2020.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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