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Assistant Professor ('UD') Archaeological Heritage Management

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4 april 2023
2 mei 2023 Vacature gesloten

The Department of Archaeological Heritage & Society of the Faculty of Archaeology is looking for an

Assistant Professor (‘UD’) Archaeological Heritage Management

We seek an enthusiastic Assistant Professor (0,8 fte)to reinforce the Faculty’s specialization in Archaeological Heritage Management.

The Department of Archaeological Heritage and Society studies the relationships between past and present, the role of heritage in society, and how heritage can contribute to the improving quality of life and our (future) environment.

The focus area of Archaeological Heritage Management is concerned with the identification, protection, management and preservation of the material remains of human activity in the past (of whatever period and in whichever region of the world) and with the interaction that this involves with all kinds of stakeholders. Research topics vary from the modern management of archaeological resources (sites and finds) and requirements of sustainable development, to the challenges of commercial archaeology and the endeavour to find efficient methods of public engagement. This encompasses archaeological resources on both land and underwater.

Preferred candidates will have research profiles that articulate with various aspects of the protection and management of archaeological heritage sites, to complement the Faculty’s existing research emphases. The Department is seeking candidates with an area of research expertise that is distinct, yet aligns with current research lines at the Faculty of Archaeology.Candidates with an active research focus on sustainable development, people-centred approaches or heritage and wellbeing are especially encouraged to apply.

Key tasks

  • Delivering Bachelor and Master courses in Leiden and potentially The Hague (participation in general courses, such as Methods in Heritage Studies can also be part of your teaching obligations);
  • Supervising Bachelor and Master students (theses, internships);
  • Designing and conducting independent research in archaeological heritage management, preferably in the Netherlands;
  • Applying for research funding with national or European funding agencies;
  • Taking on administrative tasks and committee work.

Selection criteria

  • A PhD in archaeology or heritage studies with relevant experience in heritage protection and site management;
  • Demonstrable merit in (interdisciplinary) heritage research, as evidenced by a number of scientific publications;
  • A track record in obtaining research funding and willing to prepare grant proposals for relevant funding schemes (e.g., ERC, Horizon Europe, NWO);
  • Demonstrable teaching skills and willingness to further professionalise;
  • The possession of a University Teaching Qualification (e.g. BKO) or being prepared to obtain it within two years.
  • Good command of Dutch and English (both level B1 or equivalent).

More specifically, we seek candidates with the following qualifications:

  • Candidates have expert knowledge of (inter)national legislation and policies for heritage protection and participation (e.g. Dutch Heritage Act; Conventions and charters of the Council of Europe, ICOMOS, UNESCO, etc.);
  • Candidates have experience in protecting and managing heritage sites, preferably in Europe;
  • Candidates have a wide network in Dutch (and/or European) professional archaeology and/or heritage organisations;
  • Candidates have experience in working with archaeology in the public domain, e.g. cooperating with stakeholder organisations, (local) communities and the wider public;
  • Candidates have a proven affinity with a people-centred approach and participatory practices in heritage management;
  • Candidates are familiar with research methodology specific to heritage studies;
  • The new colleague should be a team player with a collaborative, supportive and problem-solving attitude who is able to work in a multidisciplinary team;
  • The new colleague should be willing to participate in interdisciplinary (research) projects or set up new ones in Leiden or The Hague.

Our Faculty
The future of the past begins at Leiden University. The Faculty of Archaeology isinternationally leading for its research, home to a broad array of specializations andnotable for its strong connection between teaching and research. Home to over 500students in the multidisciplinary world of Archaeology, the Faculty, and its researchers from all areas of the archaeological field, determine the future of archaeological research. More information about our university and our faculty can be found at: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/archaeology

We offer

  • Candidates will be appointed in accordance with the Collective Agreement of Dutch Universities, initially for a period of one year, with the expectation of being offered a permanent position after positive evaluation;
  • The salary will be dependent on previous qualifications and experience. It starts in pay-scale 11 (rangesbetween € 3974.- to € 5439.- gross per month on a full-time basis), with the potential to develop into pay-scale 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.

Leiden University attaches great importance to diversity and therefore welcomes applications from people who are currently under-represented at Leiden.Applications are particularly welcome from minority ethnic candidates.

Formore information about the content of this vacancy, please contact Monique van den Dries, Assoc. Professor in Archaeological Heritage Management, and Chair of the Department of Heritage & Society, m.h.van.den.dries@arch.leidenuniv.nl. More information about Leiden University can be found at https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en.

You can only apply via the 'Apply' button. The deadline for applications is May 2,2023. Applications can be addressed to Marjolijn Peters, Management Assistant at the Department of Archaeological Heritage & Society.

Please attach the following additional documents as one PDF file, stating the job number above:

  • A cover letter containing your motivation to apply for this position;
  • A CV and list of publications (including links to two most relevant articles);
  • An overview of your teaching experience (preferably with Heritage Management/Public Archaeology courses, max. 1 page);
  • If available, the results of student evaluations;
  • A summary of your research profile and plans (max. 1 page);
  • The names and contact addresses of two academic referees, at least one of whom may not be the thesis supervisor or your current employer. Letters of recommendation are not necessary at this stage.

Interviews will probably be scheduled for 22 – 24 May. Selected candidates will be invited for an (online) interview and a guest lecture (potentially week 22). We kindly request candidates to be available (online) during this period.

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