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University of Leiden - Lecturer vacancy in American Studies

News from Jan 21, 2021

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Leiden University, Faculty of Humanity is looking for a

University Lecturer in American History and American Studies 
Starting date 1 August 2021

Project description
The lecturer will hold a position within the Institute for History and teach courses as needed in the BA/MA History, MA North American Studies, BA International Studies (North America track), MA International Relations, and Leiden University College. Applications are invited from all subfields and time periods, with particular preference given to interdisciplinary scholars who work on topics related to for example US politics, culture, gender and sexuality, indigeneity, social justice, immigration, the environment, and/or capitalism.

Key responsibilities

  • Teaching in various programs (including History, North American Studies, and International Studies);
  • Supervision of BA and MA theses;
  • Research and publishing through appropriate academic channels; 
  • Acquisition of project funding at the national, European and international level; 
  • Participating in the research program of the History Institute;
  • Participation in administration;
  • Communicating research results to people outside academia.

Selection criteria

  • A PhD degree in History;
  • Demonstrable knowledge of American history and American studies;
  • A record of peer reviewed academic publications in American history and American studies commensurate with career stage;
  • Well-developed plans for ongoing and future research;
  • A strong academic teaching record at the university level;
  • An excellent command of English and (preferably also) Dutch. If the successful applicant is not fluent in Dutch, s/he will be expected to learn Dutch within a period of two years (teaching is in Dutch at the Bachelor level; Dutch language learning is funded by the History Institute) 

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

Our organisation
Since its founding in 1575, Leiden University has acquired an international reputation for excellent teaching and research. In this era of globalization, humanities are more important than ever. Migration, integration, trade and technology are blurring the borders between countries and cultures. To be able to cooperate and live together, it is crucial that we understand each other. Humanities offer the insights we need to do this. Research and education range from languages, cultures, area studies to history, philosophy, arts and religious studies. We are driven by passion and curiosity about the world around us. With its staff of 800, the faculty provides 25 Bachelors and 28 Masters programmes for over 7.200 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 appointment is in temporary employment, initially for one year (August 1, 2021 to July 31, 2022), followed by a two-year extension (August 1, 2022 to July 31, 2024) and the possibility to become a permanent member of staff after this period. The rank of lecturer corresponds roughly to that of assistant professor in North American terms. 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 € 2.790,- (scale 10) to € 5.826,- (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, the appointee may start at the appropriate step in scale 10 until he/she fully meets the requirements for scales 11 as specified by the Faculty of Humanities, particularly with regard to teaching skills certification and the number of years of relevant work experience. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

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

Further information can be obtained from Damian Pargas, email d.a.pargas@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

Applications should be in English, and should be submitted via the blue button in our application system.

  • Curriculum Vitae including education, employment history, publications, courses taught and languages & proficiency levels; 
  • Letter of motivation, including a discussion of the candidate’s current scholarship, future research plans, and teaching interests and philosophy;
  • 4 recent teaching evaluations;
  • A writing sample of max. 20 pages (such as an article or book excerpt);
  • Names, positions, and email addresses of two referees (no reference letters).

The deadline for applications is 28 February 2021. Interviews (most likely online) will be held in late March 2021.

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