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The Faculty of Humanities, vacancy 16-084
The Faculty of Humanities is looking for:
Three fulltime university lectureships in humanities-based International Relations (1.0 fte) 
Vacancy number: 16-084
Key responsibilities
The Faculty of Humanities at Leiden University invites applications for three university lectureships in humanities-based International Relations. Our vision of IR highlights the interconnectedness of politics, economics, and culture, with due attention to the historical and regional contexts of the relevant theories and concepts and to both conventional and alternative perspectives, within IR and beyond. Themes of special interest for this search include development, environment, gender, human rights, security, migration, refugees, NGOs, civil society, and transnational actors. Regions of special interest for this search include Asia, the Middle East, North America, and Russia. New developmentsin the MA program in International Relations are of particular relevance.
• Original research and regular dissemination of the results through appropriate channels; 

• Teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels and supervision of BA and MA theses in programs including the MA in International Relations and the BA in International Studies, and contributions to curriculum development. Ability to contribute to the MA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics may be an advantage; 

• Supervision of PhD research; 

• Acquisition of project funding (
NWOERC, etc.); 
• Administration; 

• Representation of the field to external audiences and media.
Selection criteria
• A PhD degree in a relevant field. Candidates near completion of the degree will be considered; 
• A research and publication record that is commensurate with career stage; 

• Commitment to high-quality teaching practice, and wide teaching scope in terms of content; 

• The ability to work from interdisciplinary, transnational and transregional, and comparative perspectives within a humanities environment; 

• For specialist regional expertise: research experience 
in situ and an excellent command of the relevant languages; 
• An excellent command of English; 

• If the lecturer doesn’t speak Dutch, s/he will be expected to acquire a good command of Dutch for practical matters within two years from taking up duty, through tuition at the Academic Language Centre (this will be funded by the employer); 

• Upon appointment, depending on experience and formal qualifications to date, the lecturer may be required to enter a nationally standardized tertiary teaching skills certification trajectory (BKO or 
Basis Kwalificatie Onderwijs), successful completion of which is a condition for extensions and a permanent contract.
The Faculty of Humanities
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 centre for the study of languages, cultures, arts, and societies worldwide, in their historical contexts from prehistory to the present. We take culture to include religions, philosophies, and worldviews as well as literature, art, and technology. The Faculty is comprised of units for Area Studiesthe Arts in SocietyCreative and Performing ArtsHistoryLinguistics,Philosophy, and the Study of Religion. The profile of the successful applicants will determine in which of these units the appointments are made.
Terms and conditions
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 diversity, inclusiveness, and equal opportunities.
Salary range from € 3.400,00 to € 5.288,00 gross per month (pay scale 11 or 12), commensurate with qualifications, with substantial holiday and end-of-year bonuses. Depending on qualifications, the lecturer may start at the appropriate step in scale 10 until s/he fully meets the requirements for scale 11 as specified by the Faculty of Humanities, or at the appropriate step in scale 11 until s/he fully meets the requirements for scale 12, 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.
Queries may be sent to Dennie Oude Nijhuis (
Applications must be received by Monday 4 April 2016. Campus interviews are tentatively scheduled for late April or early May. Before applying, please have a look at the additional information providedhere. Applications should be in English, and be submitted to the International Relations Search Committee at, with the items listed below included in this order in a single PDF document named ‘FAMILY NAME – Given name – 16-084’: 
• A CV including education and employment history, publications, courses taught, and specifying proficiency in the relevant research languages as applicable; 
• A letter of motivation including a personal vision of International Studies in a humanities environment; 

• 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); 
• Two course descriptions (intro + outline of 12 two-hour weekly sessions) of courses the applicant has taught or plans to teach, with clear relevance to the position profile; 

• Names, positions, and email addresses of three referees (no reference letters at this stage).
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