Gepubliceerd op 28-03-2017

Vacature: Professor of Twentieth-Century European History (Deadline 19 April)

Leiden University, Faculty of Humanities, Institute for History (LUIH) is looking for a

Professor of Twentieth-Century European History (1.0 fte) 
Vacancy number 17-089

Key responsibilities
The successful applicant for this post:

  • Plays a leading role in (re)developing the research programme Political Culture and National Identity;
  • Uses her/his wide-ranging research experience to (co-)supervise doctoral research across the field of European history;
  • Teaches students in the BA and MA programmes in History, and in the doctoral programme. A tertiary teaching qualification (BKO or equivalent) is expected;
  • Develops ambitious research projects, writes national and international grant proposals, and support colleagues in developing theirs;
  • Plays an active, engaged, and integrating role in the General History section of the LUIH;
  • Has a management responsibility for part of the staff in the section;
  • Is willing and able to undertake administrative, managerial and governance tasks in the institute, the faculty and the university;
  • Has an excellent command of English, as well as some other European languages. If the successful applicant is not Dutch-speaking, she/he is expected to acquire a good command of Dutch within two years, so as to be able to teach in the BA. The administrative language of Leiden University is Dutch;
  • Is willing and able to be present in Leiden throughout the academic year.

Selection criteria

  • You are a historian of international repute (F/M), with an excellent track record of research and publication regarding the history of twentieth-century Europe, preferably post 1945;
  • Wide-ranging expertise in cultural, political or socio-political history. Preference may be given to applicants with (comparative) research experience in different European countries, and a global perspective;
  • Experienced, committed and inspiring academic teacher, with clear ideas on teaching methods and curriculum development
  • A team player with a demonstrable interest and experience in academic leadership, administration and governance
  • Experience and success in obtaining research funding, and in helping others to do so.
  • A scholar with an extensive international academic network and collaborations

Our Faculty/Institute
The Faculty of Humanities is an international centre for the advanced study of languages, cultures, arts, and societies worldwide, in their historical contexts from prehistory to the present. Our faculty is home to more than 6,000 students and 800 staff members. The local environment includes excellent research libraries.For more information see: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/humanities.

The Institute for History is one of the seven Research Institutes of the Faculty of Humanities. The BA in History attracts around 250 new students every year, the MA and ResMA around 150. We have around 50 Ph.D candidates with full funding. Its central research mission is to study ‘Global questions’, through the study of ‘local sources’ (https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/humanities/institute-for-history/research). The institute was ranked #19 in the 2016 QS World University Rankings. In the last decade or so, our staff has been very successful in attracting new research funding and new students, and the Institute is growing fast. It is proud of its reputation as a vibrant, international academic community, and its collaborative and friendly atmosphere. For more information see: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/humanities/institute-for-history.

Terms and conditions
The position is to be taken up on September 1, 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter. If the successful candidate has already held a full professorship or if she/he has successfully completed a tenure track, she/he may be eligible for a permanent, fulltime appointment. In other cases the appointment will initially be for a period of five years, convertible into a permanent position in case of satisfactory performance. The gross monthly salary will be between € 5,260.- € 7,659.- commensurate with qualifications and experience. These amounts are based on a fulltime appointment and are in conformity with current salary scale H2 under the collective employment agreement (cao) for Dutch Universities.

An appointment at Leiden University includes pension build-up and other benefits, including an annual holiday premium of 8% and an end-of-year premium of 8.3%. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More information about the terms of employment can be found at: http://staff.leiden.edu.

After appointment, depending on experience and formal qualifications to date, the successful applicant will be required to enter a nationally standardized tertiary teaching skills certification trajectory (BKO or Basis Kwalificatie Onderwijs), successful completion of which is a condition for favorable assessment in work reviews.

If the successful applicant is not Dutch-speaking, she/he is expected to acquire a good command of Dutch within two years from taking up duty, for teaching, administrative and social purposes; the University will fund his/her Dutch training at the University’s Academic Language Center.

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

For more information, please contact the dean of the Faculty of Humanities, prof. dr. M.R. Rutgers, e-mail m.r.rutgers@hum.leidenuniv.nl, or the Academic Director of the Institute for History, prof. dr. Judith Pollmann, email j.s.pollmann@hum.leidenuniv.nl, telephone +31 71 527 2740.

Please submit your application by email (with the vacancy number mentioned in the letter of motivation and in the subject line of the email) no later than 19 April 2017 to Leerstoelen@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

Applications should be in English, and electronically be submitted in a PDF document, named ‘Family name – Given name – vacancy number’. This document should include, in this order: 
• A cv including education and employment history, publications, courses taught and teaching evaluations; 
• A letter of motivation; 
• A research agenda with clear potential for applications to funding bodies such as NWO, ERC etc. (max 2 pages); 
• A teaching statement (1 page); 
• Two sample course descriptions; 
• A writing sample, representing recent work, of no more than 10.000 words; 
• Names, positions, and email addresses of three referees (no reference letters at this point).

A teaching presentation and an assessment may be part of the procedure. Interviews are scheduled for 29 May 2017.


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