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Faculty of Humanities, Leiden Institute for Area Studies is looking for an

University Lectureship in International Relations of the Arab World (1.0 fte)
Vacancy number 17-096


Key responsibilities

  • Original research on the international relations within the Arab world, or of Arab countries with other regional or international actors, reflected in innovative scholarly publications;
  • Teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels, supervision of BA and MA theses, and contributions to curriculum development;
  • Co-supervision of PhD research;
  • Acquisition of external project funding (via national and international funding bodies, such as NWO, ERC, etc);
  • Administration;
  • Representation of the field to external audiences and in the (international) media.


Selection criteria

  • A PhD degree in Political Science, International Relations or Contemporary History. Candidates near completion of the degree will be considered;
  • Specialist expertise in the area of international relations of the Arab world (defined as the member countries of the Arab League);
  • A research and publication record that is commensurate with career stage;
  • The ability to teach and to supervise written work in the area of specialisation at the BA, MA, and PhD levels; the ability to teach and supervise written work on a wide range of topics at the BA level;
  • The ability to engage with wider issues of scholarship, and to position the study of International Relations of the Arab World in transnational and global configurations;
  • Affinity with Area Studies, and the ability to work from interdisciplinary, theoretical, and comparative perspectives;
  • An excellent command of Modern Standard Arabic;
  • Readiness to perform administrative and management duties in the Institute of Area Studies and the Faculty of Humanities;
  • Willingness and ability to work in a team;
  • An excellent command of English;
  • If the Lecturer doesn’t speak Dutch, he/she will be expected to take introductory Dutch courses.


Our Faculty/Institute

The Faculty of Humanities is rich in expertise in fields as philosophy, religious studies, history, art history, literature, linguistics and regional studies covering nearly every region of the world. Our faculty is home to more than 5400 students and 800 staff members. For more information, see

The lecturer will hold a position in the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies ( LIAS is comprised of a School of Asian Studies and a School of Middle-Eastern Studies, with international staff and student populations. The institute is committed to a present-day vision of area studies, integrating disciplinary and regional-historical perspectives on a solid foundation of excellent language skills.


Terms and conditions

We offer a fixed-term post from July 2017 through June 2021 after which the position will be reviewed. Salary range, depending on education and work experience, from € 3,427.- to € 4,691.- (pay scale 11 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities) gross per month, based on a full-time appointment.

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. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More at

Leiden University requires teaching staff to obtain the University Teaching Qualification ( 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 is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.



Enquiries should be directed at professor Erik Jan Zürcher, email with cc. to the chair of the search committee, professor Peter Bisschop, email



Applications must be received no later than 17 April 2017, with the interviews with shortlisted candidates scheduled for May 2017. Applications should be in English, and be submitted to the IR Arab World Search Committee, with the items listed below included in this order in ONE single PDF document named ‘FAMILY NAME – Given name – vacancy number’:
• A cv including education and employment history, publications, and courses taught to date and planned;
• A letter of motivation including a personal vision of the field;
• A research agenda with clear potential for applications to funding bodies such as NWO and ERC (max 2 pages);
• A teaching statement (max 1 page);
• A course description (intro + outline of 12 two-hour weekly sessions) on a topic of choice in the area of International Relations of the Arab World, aimed at 3rd-year BA Middle East Studies;
• A course description (intro + outline of 12 two-hour weekly sessions) for an MA seminar ‘International Relations of the Arab World’;
• Names, positions, and email addresses of three referees (no reference letters).

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