Gepubliceerd op 15-09-2021

University Lectureship in Hebrew Language, Literature and Culture in an Ancient Mediterranean Context at Leiden University

The Faculty of Humanities, Leiden Institute for Area Studies (LIAS), is looking for a
University Lectureship in Hebrew Language, Literature and Culture in an Ancient Mediterranean Context

Job description

The Faculty of Humanities at Leiden University invites applications for a fulltime University Lectureship in Hebrew language, literature and culture in an ancient Mediterranean context. The University Lecturer will hold a position within the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS) and teach courses in the BA Ancient Near Eastern Studies, the BA and (Res)MA Middle Eastern Studies, and the MA and ResMA Classics and Ancient Civilizations, and supervise BA and MA theses in all these programmes. Applications are invited from scholars with a strong background in ancient Hebrew language, literature and culture with a focus on cultural interaction in the ancient and late antique Near East, and the ability to engage with students and colleagues of (modern) Middle Eastern studies.

Key responsibilities

  • Original research and regular dissemination of the results through appropriate channels;
  • Teaching courses in ancient Hebrew language, literature and culture at BA and MA level;
  • Teaching courses on the culture and history of ancient Palestine and Syria, with attention to interactions with other cultures in the Eastern Mediterranean: Greece, Egypt, Anatolia, and Mesopotamia;
  • Acquisition of external project funding;
  • Co-supervision of PhD research;
  • Active contributions to the development of the curriculum of Hebrew and Aramaic Studies in the context of broad programmes in Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, and Classics and Ancient Civilizations;
  • Administrative duties in the programs Ancient Near Eastern Studies and Classics and Ancient Civilizations;
  • Taking the initiative to connect Ancient Near Eastern studies with the (medieval and modern) Middle East, both in course work and in thesis supervision.


Selection criteria

  • A completed PhD degree in Hebrew language, literature and culture, or a similar relevant field. Candidates nearing completion of their PhD will be considered;
  • A research and publication record commensurate with career stage;
  • A strong foundation in ancient Hebrew language and literature and a vision for the further development of Hebrew and Aramaic Studies in the context of the ancient and late antique Mediterranean/Near East;
  • Knowledge of modern Hebrew and at least one other Semitic language;
  • An explicit and demonstrable interest in the cultural history of the Eastern Mediterranean, its languages, literatures, and material culture;
  • Commitment to high-quality research, publication, and dissemination;
  • Strong affinity with, and capacity for, team-work;
  • Excellent command of English;
  • Knowledge of Dutch (the BA programmes are taught in Dutch); if the lecturer does not know Dutch, they will be expected to learn Dutch in the first two years of their appointment; this language acquisition will be supported by the Institute;

Conditions of employment

Terms and conditions
We offer an 18 months fulltime position (38 hours per week) to be taken up as soon as possible, but no later than 1 January 2022, with the possibility of renewal based on need, funding and performance.
Salary range from €3.746.- to €5.127.- gross per month (pay scale 11), in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). The researcher may start at the appropriate step in scale 10 until they fully meet the requirements for scale 11 as specified by the Faculty of Humanities, particularly with regard to 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. For more information, see the website.

Dual Career Programme
Leiden University offers a Dual Career Programme (DCP) to assist the life partners of new academic staff (on pay-roll) in finding employment in The Netherlands. The programme is offered in close cooperation with nearby universities of Delft and Rotterdam (Erasmus). 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.

Enquiries can be made to prof. Albert de Jong, academic director of the LIAS, at a.f.de.jong@hum.leidenuniv.nl

 Apply now!

Please submit online your application no later than September 30th 2021 via the blue button in our application system.

Applications should be in English. Please ensure that you include the following documents in a single PDF document named ‘FAMILY NAME – Given name – vacancy number and in this order

  • A letter of motivation including a personal vision of Hebrew and Aramaic Studies, the future of this field, and the possibilities to relate the field to research and teaching in (modern) Middle Eastern studies;
  • A CV including education and employment history, publications, and courses taught to date and planned;
  • A research agenda with clear potential for applications to funding bodies such as NWO and ERC (max. 2 pages);
  • A teaching statement (1 page);
  • A course description (intro + outline of 12 two-hour weekly sessions) on a topic of choice in Hebrew language, literature and culture, aimed at second-year BA Ancient Near Eastern Studies students;
  • A course description (intro + outline of 12 two-hour weekly sessions) on a topic of choice in Hebrew language, literature, and culture, aimed at MA-students Classics and Ancient Civilizations;
  • Names, positions and e-mail addresses of three referees (no reference letters).

The interviews with shortlisted candidates are tentatively scheduled for the second week of October 2021.

Acquisition following this advertisement is not appreciated.

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