Gepubliceerd op 12-01-2023

University Lecturer in 20th-Century European history (1918-present)

The Leiden University Institute for History invites applications for a
University Lecturer in 20th-Century European history (1918-present) (1,0 fte)
Starting date 1 August 2023


Job description

The Institute for History seeks to expand its academic staff by appointment of a university lecturer (Universitair Docent) with teaching and research expertise in European history since the end of the First World War. Scholars working on Dutch history are not eligible for this position. There is a strong preference for a scholar working on cultural history broadly conceived.

Key responsibilities:

  • Carry out research, resulting in the publication of relevant article and books in European history;
  • Teach and supervise students in the BA and MA programmes in History dealing with early modern and modern history;
  • Teach for Leiden University College The Hague; the BA International Studies;
  • Contribute to the research specialization ‘Politics, Culture and National Identities, 1789 to the Present’;
  • Use research experience to co-supervise doctoral research;
  • Develop research projects; write national and international grant proposals;
  • Undertake administrative tasks, and play a role in the various teaching and examination committees;
  • Communicate research results beyond academia;


Selection criteria:

  • You are ahistorian with a PhD;
  • You have a research record commensurate with your career stage;
  • You are an experienced and inspiring academic teacher, with clear ideas on teaching methods;
  • You are a teacherwilling and able to teach outline papers across the modern period;
  • You are a scholar willing to actively contribute to the setting of the Leiden Institute for History;
  • You are a scholar with experience in obtaining research funding commensurate with career stage;
  • You are a scholar with an international academic network and collaborations.
  • You have affinity with and capacity for teamwork and collegiality in an intercultural work environment;
  • You have digital knowledge and skills that are relevant for your field of research, and the ability to teach these;
  • You have an excellent command of English as well as some other European languages. If the successful applicant


Diversity and Inclusion
Leiden University’s Institute for History embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized background to apply.

Terms and conditions
The appointment (1,0 fte) is in temporary employment for 18 months (1 August, 2023 to January 31st, 2025), with the prospect of a permanent position after positive evaluation. 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) and 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%.

Depending on qualifications, as specified by the Faculty of Humanities, particularly regarding teaching skills certification and the number of years of relevant work experience, the appointee may either start at the appropriate step in scale 10, 11 or 12.

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 https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/working-at/job-application-procedure-and-employment-conditions.


Universiteit Leiden

About our organisation
Since its founding in 1575, Leiden University has acquired an international reputation for excellent teaching and research. With its staff of over 800, the Faculty of Humanities provides 26 Bachelors and 27 Masters programmes for over 7,200 students based at locations in Leiden’s historic city centre and in The Hague.
The Institute for History is the home of a vibrant community of researchers and lecturers with outstanding track records and successful in attracting national and international research grants. Under the label ‘Global Questions, Local Sources’ scholars affiliated to the Institute combine a deep knowledge of global interactions and of specific localities, regions and states in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. They use comparative, connective and entangled approaches and resort to qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.
All researchers of the Institute for History are connected to one of the six research specializations: The Unification of the Mediterranean World (400 BC – 400 AD), Collective Identities and Transnational Networks in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, 1000-1800, Political Culture and National Identities, Colonial and Global History, Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence, and History and International Relations. For more information on the Institute for History: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/humanities/institute-for-history


For more information about this position, please contact Prof. dr. Bernhard Rieger (b.rieger@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.