Gepubliceerd op 04-02-2019

University Lecturer in Urban Studies

Job description

  • Teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels, in tutorial, lecture and seminar formats, and supervision of theses in Urban Studies and in Economic and Social History;
  • Research, applying for funding, and publishing through appropriate channels;
  • Administrative and coordinating duties, commensurate with career stage;
  • Representation of the field to external audiences and media.

For this position we are specifically looking for candidates with academic training in Urban Studies, with a proven expertise in History, or with a training in History, in combination with a profound interest in urban issues. Teaching will especially concern urban socioeconomic history, crime and cultural diversity. Knowledge of urban development in the non-Western world is an asset.


  • A PhD degree in Urban Studies or in History;
  • A publication record that is commensurate with career stage;
  • Proven experience in teaching at university level, including formal teaching evaluations.
  • An excellent command of English;
  • If the lecturer does not speak Dutch, the candidate will be required to acquire sufficient proficiency in Dutch (B1) within two years from taking up duty;
  • Upon appointment, depending on experience and formal qualifications to date, the lecturer is required to obtain a nationally standardized teaching skills certification.

Conditions of employment

The appointment is for 38 hours per week in temporary employment for two years, with the option for an extension to a permanent contract. The rank of lecturer corresponds roughly to that of assistant professor in North-American terms. The salary is in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement of the Association of Dutch Universities and depending on qualifications and experience, the gross monthly salary is from €3,637 to €5,656 (pay scale 11 or 12) for a full time position. Depending on qualifications, the appointee may start at the appropriate step in scale 10 until the candidate fully meets the requirements for scales 11/12 as specified by the Faculty of Humanities, particularly with regard to teaching skills certification and the number of years of relevant work experience.

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.

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Leiden is a typical university city, hosting the oldest university in the Netherlands (1575). The University permeates the local surroundings; University premises are scattered throughout the city, and the students who live and study in Leiden give the city its relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere.

Leiden University is one of Europe’s foremost research universities. This prominent position gives our graduates a leading edge in applying for academic posts and for functions outside academia. More at https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/working-at.


The Faculty of Humanities is rich in expertise in fields such as philosophy, religious studies, history, art history, literature, linguistics, international studies and area studies, covering nearly every region of the world. With its staff of 930, the faculty provides 27 masters and 25 bachelors programmes for over 6,000 students.

The lecturer will hold a position in the Institute for History and will be involved in the teaching programmes of Urban Studies and History. Urban Studies is a new, English-taught and interdisciplinary programme based at the Leiden University campus in The Hague. Urban Studies combines humanities, social sciences, law, science and language. Students can choose between different themes (healthy, safe, multicultural and sustainable city) and related methodology courses. Urban Studies also contains multiple professional orientation courses. For more information https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/education/study-programmes/bachelor/urban-studies.


Additional information
Further information for this position can be obtained from the chair of the Urban Studies programme Professor André Gerrits, email a.w.m.gerrits@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

Applications should be in English, and be submitted no later than 15 March 2019 to the Urban Studies Search Committee via the blue button in our application system, with the items listed below included in this order in a single PDF document named ‘FAMILY NAME/Position Urban Studies’:

CV including education and employment history, publications and courses taught;

Letter of motivation, which clearly notes the disciplinary background and the regional specialization (max. 1 page);

Research agenda, with the potential for (inter)national grant application (max. 1 page);

Two sample course description of electives taught at either the BA level on topics related to Urban Studies (max. 1 page each);

Names, positions, and email addresses of two referees (no reference letters).

Interviewees will be invited to give a 20-minute mock-lecture and a 10-minute research presentation. Interviews will be held in early April 2019.

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