Job description

The Faculty of Humanities at Leiden University invites applications for a fulltime associate professorship or full professorship in Global Political Economy, with specialist expertise on Asia or the Middle East. If the appointment is made at associate level, this will be with a tenure track toward the full professorship. 

  • Original research and dissemination of the results through appropriate channels;
  • Teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels, supervision of BA and MA theses, and curriculum development;
  • Supervision of PhD research;
  • Acquisition of project funding (NWOERC, etc);
  • Academic leadership in the field of GPE;
  • Administration;
  • Representation of the field to external audiences and media.


  • A PhD degree in a relevant field;
  • A strong research and publication record;
  • Excellent teaching qualifications, with wide scope in terms of content; experience with curriculum development is an advantage;
  • Specialist expertise on Asia or the Middle East, including proficiency in one or more Asian or Middle Eastern languages; sensitivity to historical and socio-cultural context in the study of (shifting) global configurations of GPE in the modern world; the ability to engage productively with other fields in a humanities and area studies environment, and to work from interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives;
  • An excellent command of English. Most MA programs at Leiden University and the BA in International Studies are offered in English, and English may be used in other BA teaching as well;
  • If the successful applicant is not Dutch-speaking, s/he is expected to acquire a good command of Dutch for practical matters within two years from taking up duty. The University will fund her/his Dutch training at the Academic Language Center;
  • Upon appointment, the successful applicant may be required to enter a nationally standardized trajectory for the formal certification of tertiary teaching qualifications (BKO or Basis Kwalificatie Onderwijs), successful completion of which is a condition for extensions and conversion to a permanent position.

Conditions of employment

Appointment will be fixed-term from July 2016 for a period of maximally four years, with the possibility of a permanent position thereafter. Leiden University is committed to inclusiveness and diversity.

Salary range (fulltime employment) from € 4.712,- to € 5.735,- gross per month (pay scale 13 / associate professor) or from € 5.219,- to € 7.599,- gross per month (pay scale HL-2 / full professor), commensurate with qualifications, with substantial holiday and end-of-year bonuses. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

Contract type: Permanent 


Since its founding in 1575, Leiden University has built an internationally recognized record of excellence in teaching and research. The Faculty of Humanities is an international center for the study of languages, cultures, arts, and societies worldwide. It was ranked 17th by the Times Higher Education worldwide Arts & Humanities ranking 2015-2016.

The (associate) professor will report to the chairperson of the International Studies programs, and to the academic director of the institute for Area Studies (LIAS), where the position will be anchored. Primary duties in teaching and administration will lie in the BA program in International Studies (The Hague campus) and the MA in International Relations (Leiden campus); from fall 2016, the latter will include a GPE track for which s/he will provide leadership. Attracting a highly international student population, these are interdisciplinary programs with structural attention to a variety of actors and issues such as institutions, policy, emerging economies, interactions of domestic and international economies, poverty and inequality, and the environment. Duties will further include a course on world capitalism and its critics in an MA program in PPE, and courses in various programs in Asian Studies and/or Middle-Eastern Studies as appropriate (Leiden campus). Courses will be cross-listed where this creates added value.

The local research environment is enhanced by an excellent library and by the Leiden University key research networks Asian Modernities and Traditions (AMT) and Global Interactions of People, Culture, and Power (LGI), the Leiden University Center for the Study of Islam and Society (LUCIS), the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), the Royal Netherlands Institute for Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV), the Leiden Asia Centre (to be launched in 2016), and other academic and cultural institutions.

Additional information

Queries may be addressed to the Dean of Humanities, Prof Wim van den Doel (, with cc to the LIAS Director, Prof Maghiel van Crevel (

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