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Lecturer (Docent) in Digital Humanities

22-647 12961
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11 oktober 2022
31 oktober 2022 Vacature gesloten

The Leiden University Centre for Digital Humanities (LUCDH) invites applications for a

Lecturer (Docent) in Digital Humanities
 (0.5 FTE)
Vacancy number: 22-647 12961

The Leiden University Centre for Digital Humanities is looking for a lecturer, who will be a member of a forward-looking and rapidly expanding centre as well as one of the institutes at the Faculty of the Humanities. You will teach Digital Humanities courses as well as support the advancement of digital research skills and tools at the Faculty of Humanities through workshops and other educational activities. In particular, we are looking for candidates that combine expertise and skills in Digital Humanities and disciplines such as History, Heritage, Culture studies, and Design or Visualization.

Key responsibilities

  • Developing, teaching and coordinating Digital Humanities, Visualization, and Digital History/Heritage courses at different levels. This involves courses in the Digital Humanities minor and faculty wide elective courses in Digital Humanities. Language of instruction is English. 
  • Designing and teaching workshops, modules, and other forms of training in digital skills and tools to support and augment digital expertise of staff and students at the Faculty of Humanities.
  • Foster and grow a diverse and inclusive DH (student) community at the Faculty of the Humanities, with an eye for differences in backgrounds, interests, and technical expertise.
  • Playing an active role in recruiting students by contributing to open days, orientation and information sessions.
  • Participating in the development and implementation of educational innovations, also in digital form.
  • Participating in the activities of our Digital Lab and contributing to administrative and organisational duties within LUCDH.
  • Participating in the academic community of the Institute of which you will be a part.
  • Further develop your and the LUCDH’s teaching profile and network.

Your profile

  • You have either
    • a Master or PhD degree in the Humanities, with demonstrable experience or specialisation in Digital Humanities;
    • a Master or PhD degree in a digital/computational field with a demonstrable interest in and experience with Humanities subjects.
  • You have a strong teaching record, preferably on BA and (research) MA level, as demonstrated by teaching evaluations or similar evidence of teaching quality. A BKO/UTQ registration (or willingness to obtain the nationally standardised University Teaching Qualification within two years) is preferred;
  • You are a committed and inspiring teacher, with an inclusive approach to education and the ability to engage a diverse community of undergraduate and graduate students;
  • You are aware of current issues, viewpoints and innovative methods within the field. An active interest in research, while outside the scope of this position, is advantageous. 
  • You have a profile that fits within LUCDH and the Faculty of the Humanities and affinity with their aims, values and strategy (https://lucdh.nl;  https://www.organisatiegids.universiteitleiden.nl/en/faculties-and-institutes/humanities/faculty-board/faculty-strategic-plan )
  • You are a clear communicator and team player, enthusiastic to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries;
  • You possess the following competences: digital skills and expertise, conceptual capacity, environment orientation, presenting skills, result orientation.
  • You have (near) native proficiency in English. Proficiency in Dutch (or a willingness to master a C1 level of fluency in Dutch within two years) is preferred.

Our organisation
The PhD candidate will be formally employed at the Faculty of Humanities and appointed at one of the faculty’s institutes.
 The Faculty's institutes are 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’s historic city centre and in modern buildings in The Hague. For more information: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/humanities.

Terms and conditions
The candidate will be housed at the Leiden University Centre for Digital Humanities (LUCDH). LUCDH spearheads innovative research in Digital Humanities and offers advice and support to researchers in the Faculty of Humanities working on digital data and computational methods (see

We offer a fixed-term post for 5 years starting 1 January 2023 for 19 hours per week (0.5 FTE). This is a 100% teaching appointment, with teaching duties consisting of regular courses in our DH Minor as well as workshops and other educational activities at the LUCDH. Salary range from 2960.- to 4670.- gross per month (pay scale 10), in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities) for a full working week. 

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.

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 has a guideline on Language Policy. If the successfull applicant does not speak Dutch, she or he will be required to acquire proficiency in Dutch to level B1 within two years of taking up the appointment.

Diversity and inclusion
Fostering an inclusive community is a central element of the values and vision of Leiden University. Leiden University is committed to becoming an inclusive community which enables all students and staff to feel valued and respected and to develop their full potential. Diversity in experiences and perspectives enriches our teaching and strengthens our research. High quality teaching and research is inclusive.

Enquiries can be made to the Director of the LUCDH, Sjef Barbiers. Questions about the procedure can be directed at Alison Carter (luch@hum.leidenuniv.nl). Information about LUCDH can be found at
 https://lucdh.nl  and about Leiden University at https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en. 

Please submit online your application
 no later than 10/31/2022 via the blue button in our application system. Applications received via e-mail will not be taken into consideration. 

Your application should include:

  • A letter of motivation including a discussion of the candidate’s background, teaching experience and style, and a vision of the role of Humanities education in the digital world (max. 2 A4);
  • A CV including education and employment history, a list with 5 key items of academic-level output (incl. but not limited to publications), a list of courses taught, language proficiency, and digital skills;
  • A syllabus or course description for a digital design/visualization course at BA3 level;
  • Recent academic teaching evaluations or similar evidence of teaching quality;
  • Names, positions, and email addresses of two referees (no reference letters); please list these on your cv rather than filling them out separately in the system.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated

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