Gepubliceerd op 02-05-2017

Vacature: University Lecturer in North American History (Deadline 13 May)

The Faculty of Humanities, Institute for History is looking for a

University Lecturer in North American History (1.0 fte) 
Vacancy number 17-175

Key responsibilities
– Teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels in the BA International Studies, the MA North America Studies and BA/MA History and Leiden University College;
– Original research and regular dissemination of the results through appropriate academic channels;
– Participating in the research programme of the Leiden History Institute, especially in the specialization Political Culture and National Identities;
– Acquiring external funds for academic research;
– Some administrative duties;
– Representation of the field to external audiences and in public media.

Selection criteria
– A PhD in History;
– A record of (peer reviewed) academic publications in the field of North-American history;
– Well-developed plans for research and possible applications for external funding;
– Preference may be given to candidates with a specialization in political history since 1900;
– A very good academic teaching record (evidenced by evaluations), commitment to high-quality teaching practice and wide thematic teaching scope;
– Proven didactic skills and teaching experience at the university level;
– Proven administrative and management skills and qualities;
– An excellent command of English;
– If the successful applicant is not Dutch speaking, s/he is expected to acquire a good command of Dutch within two years from taking up duty, through tuition at the University’s Academic Language Center (funded by the employer);
– Leiden University requires teaching staff to obtain the University Teaching Qualification (BKO UTQ). If the successful applicant does not already possess this qualification or its equivalent, she/he must be willing to obtain this Qualification within two years.

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 930, the faculty provides 27 master’s and 25 bachelor’s programmes for over 6,000 students based at locations in Leiden’s historic city centre and in modern buildings in The Hague. For more information http://www.hum.leidenuniv.nl.

The Institute for History is the largest of the seven Research Institutes of the Faculty of Humanities, employing c. 120 members of staff who teach in a variety of programmes. We have around c. 50 Ph.D candidates with full funding. Its central research mission is to study ‘Global questions’, through the study of ‘local sources’ (http://www.workingat.leiden.edu/.

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

Queries may be sent to prof. J.S. Pollmann, email j.pollmann@hum.leidenuniv.nl, Academic Director of the Institute, or dr. Damian Pargas, email d.pargas@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

Applications must be received no later than 13 May 2017. Interviews are scheduled for late May. Applications should be submitted to vacaturesgeschiedenis@hum.leidenuniv.nl, with the items listed below included in this order in a single PDF document named ‘Family Name – VS vacancy’. 
– A cv; 
– A letter of motivation; 
– A research agenda with clear potential for applications to funding bodies such as NWO (max 1500 words); 
– Two sample course descriptions; 
– Some recent teaching evaluations; 
– Names, positions, and email addresses of two referees (no reference letters at this stage).


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.