Gepubliceerd op 05-09-2022

University Lecturer in History / International Relations / European Union Studies (fte 1.0)

Key responsibilities

The successful applicant will be expected to:

  • Play an active and coordinating role within the existing community of EU scholars across the Faculty of Humanities and within the ‘European Approaches to Societal Challenges’ Hub – an important requirement and a key aspect of the activities to be developed as part of this position;
  • Teach in the History programmes, the MA International Relations and the BA International Studies, especially on traditional and new topics related to the field of Europe in Global Affairs;
  • Supervise BA and MA theses, and if applicable co-supervising PhD theses;
  • Research and publish through appropriate academic channels;
  • Contribute to curriculum development and programme management;
  • Acquire project funding at the national, European and international levels;
  • Participate in the research programme History and International Studies of the Institute for History;
  • Communicate research results beyond academia.


Selection criteria

  • A PhD degree in History, European (Union) Studies, International Relations, or another relevant discipline;
  • Demonstrable knowledge of the field of Europe in Global Affairs, as specified above;
  • A record of peer reviewed academic publications in relevant fields;
  • A strong academic teaching record at the university level;
  • Academic administrative / management experience;
  • An excellent command of English and (preferably also) Dutch. If the successful applicant is not fluent in Dutch, s/he will be expected to learn Dutch within a period of two years (Dutch language learning is funded by the Institute for History);
  • This position may come with additional project funds. Well-developed plans for ongoing and future research that explicitly reflect on the relationship between the various components of the EASC interdisciplinary hub are therefore an important criterion in the selection process.

Upon appointment, depending on experience and formal qualifications to date, the lecturer is required to obtain a nationally standardized teaching skills certification (Basis Kwalificatie Onderwijs, or BKO). If the successful applicant does not already possess this qualification or its equivalent, s/he must be willing to obtain this Qualification within two years.


Terms and conditions

The appointment (fte 1.0) is in temporary employment for 18 months (January 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024), with the prospect of a permanent position after positive evaluation. 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. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

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.


Universiteit Leiden
About our faculty, institute and programmes

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 European Union Studies at Leiden University (https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/education/study-programmes/master/international-relations/european-union-studies), on the BA International Studies (International Studies (BA) – Leiden University (universiteitleiden.nl), and on the Institute for History (https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/humanities/institute-for-history).

Leiden University’s Interdisciplinary Hub on European Approaches to Societal Challenges (EASC) serves as a core teaching, research and societal impact platform that brings together colleagues from four major faculties to advance synergies and impactful initiatives amongst experts working on European and European Union approaches to pressing societal challenges. The Hub’s aim is not only to connect and amplify Leiden University’s expertise on Europe and the European Union, but to also to increase its impact and visibility amongst a variety of stakeholders in existing and new European and global networks, including in Brussels itself.



For further information please contact Prof André W.M. Gerrits (a.w.m.gerrits@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.