Gepubliceerd op 11-10-2022

University Lecturer (0.8 FTE)

Job description


  • Teaching in the field of Colonial and Global History at the undergraduate (primarily Dutch-language) and master’s (primarily English-language) levels;
  • Jointly organizing the teaching within the section;
  • Carrying out research, resulting in the publication of relevant articles and books in the field of Colonial and Global History;
  • Initiating new research projects and applying for research funding from external bodies;
  • Initiating and coordinating academic cooperation in the field of Colonial and Global History with (potential) partner institutions across the world, in particular in the context of the Cosmos Malabaricus project of the Kerala Council of Historical Research in India;
  • (Co-)Editorship for relevant journals or book series, such as the LUP-series Dutch Sources on Colonial and Global History with Leiden University Press.


Selection criteria

  • Proven teaching experience and didactic capabilities;
  • A completed PhD dissertation in the field of Colonial and Global History, preferably pertaining to the early modern history of the Indian Ocean world;
  • A research agenda which will contribute to the development of a Colonial and Global History research profile within the section and the Institute;
  • Willingness to participate in all aspects of teaching within the General History section and the MA specialization Colonial and Global History;
  • Ability to use published and unpublished Dutch-language colonial sources;
  • Deep knowledge of the archival collections of the VOC in the Netherlands and abroad, including their potential for writing regional Asian histories;
  • Basic knowledge in the field of Archival Studies as well as preparedness to learn/use the latest technological skills regarding Digital Humanities (incl. HTR);
  • Expertise in the early modern history of at least one region in the Indian Ocean world, preferably with a capacity to use sources in at least one relevant Asian language;
  • Ability to work in Dutch and English. Candidates from outside the Netherlands will be expected to acquire basic skills in teaching in the Dutch language within the first two year of their appointment;
  • Possession of a Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO), or willingness to acquire this qualification.

Conditions of employment

Fostering an inclusive community is a central element of the values and vision of Leiden University. Leiden University is committed to becoming an inclusive community which enables all students and staff to feel valued and respected and to develop their full potential. Diversity in experiences and perspectives enriches our teaching and strengthens our research. High quality teaching and research is inclusive.

Terms and conditions

The appointment is for 30,4 hours per week (0.8 fte) in temporary employment for a period of 18 months, with the option to become a permanent member of staff thereafter. The position corresponds to the position of University Lecturer in the University system of job profiles (UFO).

The salary is in accordance with the collective salary agreement of the Association of Dutch universities (CAO NU). Depending on qualifications and experience, the gross monthly salary is € 3557 (scale 10-4) to € 6181 (scale 12) for a full working week. Leiden University also offers an annual holiday premium of 8% and an end-of-year premium of 8.3%.


Leiden University

About our faculty
Since its founding in 1575, Leiden University has acquired an international reputation for excellent teaching and research. With its staff of 800, the Faculty of Humanities provides 25 Bachelors and 28 Masters programmes for over 7,200 students based at locations in Leiden’s historic city centre and in The Hague. For more information on the Institute for History https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/humanities/institute-for-history.

Additional information


For more information about this position, please contact Professor dr. Jos Gommans: (j.j.l.gommans@hum.leidenuniv.nl)


Het KNHG is de grootste organisatie van professionele historici in Nederland. Het biedt een platform aan de ruim 1100 leden en aan de historische gemeenschap als geheel. Word lid van het KNHG.
Het Huygens Instituut beoogt de Nederlandse geschiedenis en cultuur inclusiever maken. Het ontsluit historische bronnen en literaire teksten en ontwikkelt innovatieve methoden, tools en duurzame digitale infrastructuur.