Gepubliceerd op 25-04-2018

University Lectureship in Assyriology

Faculty of Humanities, Leiden Institute for Area Studies is looking for a University Lecturer in Assyriology (1.0 FTE).

Key responsibilities

  • Teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels in the BA program Ancient Near Eastern Studies, the MA program Classics and Ancient Civilizations, and other programs and courses as appropriate; supervision of BA and MA theses; contributions to curriculum development. Courses may include Introduction to Akkadian, Reading Old Babylonian, Middle Babylonian (Amarna), Cuneiform Epigraphy, History of Mesopotamia, MA Thesis Tutorial;
  • Original research and regular dissemination of the results through appropriate channels;
  • Administrative duties;
  • Representation of the field to external audiences and media.

Selection criteria

  • A PhD degree in Assyriology. Candidates near completion of the degree will be considered;
  • A research and publication record that is commensurate with career stage;
  • Commitment to high-quality teaching practice, and wide teaching scope in terms of content;
  • Specialist knowledge of the languages and history of Mesopotamia;
  • Advanced proficiency in Akkadian and cuneiform writing, including of the periods after 1500 BCE;
  • An excellent command of English. The MA in Classics and Ancient Civilizations is offered in English, and English may be used in the BA in Ancient Cultures of the Mediterranean World as well;
  • If the successful applicant does not speak Dutch, the possibility of University-funded language training may be considered;
  • Upon appointment, depending on experience and formal qualifications to date, the successful applicant may be required to enter a nationally standardized tertiary teaching skills certification trajectory (UTQ or University Teaching Qualification).

Our Faculty/Institute
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’s historic city centre and in modern buildings in The Hague.

The University lecturer will hold a position in the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies. LIAS is comprised of a School of Asian Studies and a School of Middle-Eastern Studies, with international staff and student populations. The institute is committed to a present-day vision of area studies, integrating disciplinary and regional-historical perspectives on a solid foundation of excellent language skills. Current staff  in LIAS has expertise in the fields of Anthropology, Archaeology, Art Studies, Buddhist Studies, Film Studies, History, International Relations, Language Pedagogy, Law, Linguistics, Literary Studies, Material Culture Studies, Performance Studies, Philology, Philosophy, Political Economy, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Visual Culture Studies.
Current staff in Assyriology have expertise in Sumerian language and culture, Hittite language and culture, the Akkadian language, and the history of Mesopotamia from the early second to the late first millennium BCE. The local research environment includes the Netherlands Institute of the Near East with its excellent research library and the National Museum of Antiquities.

Terms and conditions
We offer a position for 38 hours per week. It is a fixed-term replacement post from September 2018 through December 2021. Salary range, depending on education and work experience, from €3,475 to €4,757 (pay scale 11 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities) gross per month, based on a full-time appointment. Depending on qualifications, the appointee may start at the appropriate step in scale 10 until he/she fully meets the requirements for scale 11 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. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

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

Queries can be directed to Caroline Waerzeggers.

Applications should be in English, and be submitted by email using the button Apply. Please ensure that you include in a single PDF document named ‘FAMILY NAME – Given name – vacancy number and in this order:

  • A CV including education and employment history, publications, courses taught, enad languages + proficiency levels;
  • A letter of motivation;
  • A research agenda with clear potential for applications to funding bodies such as NWO and ERC (max 2 pages);
  • A teaching statement (max 1 page);
  • Two course descriptions (intro + outline of 12 two-hour weekly sessions) with clear relevance to the position profile;
  • Names, positions, and email addresses of three referees (no reference letters at this stage).

The interviews with shortlisted candidates scheduled for 8 June 2018.

More information and applications

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