Gepubliceerd op 07-04-2021

Universiteit Leiden – PhD candidate in Digital Humanities

The LUCDH, Leiden University is looking for a PhD candidate in Digital Humanities.

Job description

You will carry out research at the Leiden University Center of Digital Humanities at the Faculty of Humanities. You will be supervised by a domain expert from the Faculty and one of the assistant professors in Digital Humanities.

Your tasks will be to

  • Design, develop and carry out a PhD project in Digital Humanities;
  • Present research results at conferences and workshops;
  • Publish research results and write a PhD thesis;
  • Participate in the activities of the Digital Humanities Lab (under development), share digital humanities knowledge with and give support and advice to researchers and advanced BA and MA students;
  • Assist in teaching digital humanities courses provided by LUCDH;
  • Develop and maintain an active graduate community of DH scholars.


Candidates should have a relevant MA, combining expertise in one or more fields of the humanities with expertise and skills in computational methods for humanities research, including demonstrable programming skills.

Conditions of employment

The appointment will initially be temporary for a period of one year, starting September 1, 2021. Upon a satisfactory performance outcome, the appointment will be extended for a period of three years. Salary range from € 2,395.- to € 3,061.- gross per month (pay scale P), 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 For more information, see the website.

We firmly believe that diversity together with inclusion is the key driving force for creativity and innovative ideas. We strive to create a working environment where everyone feels empowered to bring their full, authentic selves to work.


Leiden University

The PhD candidate will be formally employed at the Faculty of Humanities and appointed at one of its research institutes. 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. For more information, see the website of Humanities.

The candidate will be housed at the Leiden University Centre for Digital Humanities (LUCDH). LUCDH spearheads innovative research in Digital Humanities and offers advice and support to researchers in the Faculty of Humanities working on digital media and computational methods.

Additional information

Enquiries can be made to Prof.dr. Sjef Barbiers, director of LUCDH, email l.c.j.barbiers@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

More information and application

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