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22 Oct 10 Nov Leiden


Leiden University, the Leiden Institute for Area Studies (LIAS) of the Faculty of Humanities is looking for a Lecturer in Middle Eastern Studies and International Relations

Job description

We are seeking applications from scholars of the Middle East with a PhD in international relations, political science, development studies, geography, sociology, or anthropology, with demonstrated teaching and advising experience. The ideal candidate has experience in supervising BA and MA theses, an in-depth understanding of the Modern Middle East, and knowledge of at least one Middle Eastern language. We have identified supervision and teaching needs in international relations, and conflict and security. We especially welcome applications from scholars with expertise on (the contemporary history / politics of) Iraq, Syria, Algeria, Libya, or Yemen.

Key responsibilities

  • Supervising theses in Middle East Studies and International Relations;
  • Teaching BA- and MA-level courses related to politics, world politics, conflict and security, or global governance with a focus on the Middle East in the BA and MA Middle East studies (Leiden), BA International Studies (the Hague), and MA International Relations (Leiden).


  • A doctorate in international relations, political science, development studies, geography, sociology, or anthropology with a focus on the modern Middle East;
  • Experience in teaching undergraduate and graduate students, and supervising theses;
  • Proficiency in English.

Conditions of employment

We offer a fixed-term, part-time position (0.8 FTE) from 1 January 2020 until 31 July 2021. Salary range, depending on education and work experience, from €3,637.- to €4,978.- gross per month based on a full-time appointment (pay scale 11, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

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 Job application procedure and employment conditions.

Leiden University requires teaching staff to obtain the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ). 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

The Faculty of Humanities is rich in expertise in fields such as philosophy, religious studies, history, art history, literature, linguistics and area studies covering nearly every region of the world. With its staff of 995, the faculty provides 27 master’s and 25 bachelor’s programmes for over 7,000 students based at locations in Leiden and in The Hague.

Leiden 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. Current staff  in LIAS has expertise in the fields of anthropology, archaeology, art studies, buddhist studies, film studies, history, international relations, language pedagogy, law, linguistics, literary studies, material culture studies, performance studies, philology, philosophy, political economy, religious studies, sociology, and visual culture studies.

Additional information

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

Enquiries can be made to Crystal Ennis, University lecturer, email:, or to Erik-jan Zurcher, Academic Director and Professor Area Studies, email:


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