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University Lecturer in early modern/modern history (1650-1914)

22-787 13219
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29 november 2022
20 januari 2023 Vacature gesloten

The Leiden University Institute for History invites applications for a

University Lecturer in early modern/modern history (1650-1914) (1,0 fte)
Vacancy number: 22-787 13219

Starting date 1 August 2023

Job description
The Institute for History seeks to expand its academic staff by appointment of a university lecturer with teaching and research expertise in the field of early modern and modern history 1650-1914) with a focus on Europe, but excluding Dutch history. In particular, we welcome applicants whose research extends to several European countries.

Key responsibilities:

  • Teach and supervise students in the BA and MA programmes in History dealing with early modern and modern history;
  • Teach for Leiden University College The Hague; the BA International Studies;
  • Carry out research, resulting in publications relevant for the Leiden research specialization ‘Collective identities and transnational networks in medieval and early modern Europe, 1000-1800’ and/or to the research specialization ‘Politics, Culture and National Identities, 1789 to the Present’;
  • Use research experience to co-supervise doctoral research;
  • Communicate research results beyond academia;
  • Develop research projects; write national and international grant proposals;
  • Undertake administrative tasks, and play a role in the various teaching and examination committees;
  • Be present in Leiden throughout the academic year.

Selection criteria:

  • You are a historian with a PhD and a good range of publications dealing with European but not with Dutch history (preference may be given to applicants whose research extends to several European countries);
  • You have a publication record commensurate with your career stage;
  • You are an experienced and inspiring academic teacher, with clear ideas on teaching methods, willing and able to teach outline papers across the early modern and modern period;
  • You have experience in obtaining research funding commensurate with career stage;
  • You are a scholar with an international academic network and collaborations.
  • You have affinity with and capacity for teamwork and collegiality in an intercultural work environment;
  • You are willing to actively contribute to the setting of the Leiden History Institute; 
  • You have an excellent command of English as well as some other European languages. If the successful applicant is not Dutch-speaking they are expected to acquire a good command of Dutch within two years, so as to be able to teach in the BA programme. The Institute for History will make resources available to this end. The administrative language of Leiden University is Dutch;

Upon appointment, depending on experience and formal qualifications to date, the lecturer is required to obtain a nationally standardized teaching skills certification (Basis Kwalificatie Onderwijs, or BKO). If the successful applicant does not already possess this qualification or its equivalent, s/he 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:  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 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. Leiden University also offers an annual holiday premium of 8% and an end-of-year premium of 8.3%.

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 more information about this position, please contact Prof. dr. Jeroen Duindam (j.f.j.duindam@hum.leidenuniv.nl).

Applications in English or Dutch 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 the below order and in one PDF document named ‘FAMILY NAME/vacancy number’:

  • A CV including education and employment history, publications, language skills, invited talks and presentations, and courses taught
  • A letter of motivation
  • A research strategy connecting personal themes to the Leiden setting and outlining plans for grant applications (max.  1000 words)
  • One sample syllabus for an advanced BA-level research seminar of the applicant’s choosing
  • Names, positions, and contact details of two referees (letters are not requested at this stage)
  • Two recent course evaluations
  • One key published article or book chapter

The deadline for applications is 20 January 2023. Interviews and mock lectures (online or on campus) will be held in late February-early March 2023 (weeks 8-9).

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