Gepubliceerd op 13-12-2016

Vacature: University Lectureship in Egyptian Archaeology, Art and Material Culture

Faculty of Humanities, Leiden Institute for Area Studies is looking for:

University Lectureship in Egyptian Archaeology, Art and Material Culture (1.0 fte) 
Vacaturenummer 16-420

Key responsibilities

  • Original research, preferably connected to a fieldwork project in Egypt, reflected in innovative scholarly publications;
  • Teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels, supervision of BA and MA theses, and contributions to curriculum development;
  • Co-supervision of PhD research;
  • Acquisition of external project funding (via national and international funding bodies, such as NWO, ERC, etc.);
  • Administration;
  • Representation of the field to external audiences and in the media.

Selection criteria

  • A PhD degree in a relevant field. Candidates near completion of the degree will be considered.
  • Specialist expertise in Egyptian Archaeology, Art and Material Culture of the Old and Middle Kingdoms. A research and publication record that is commensurate with career stage.
  • The ability to teach and to supervise written work in Egyptian Archaeology and Material Culture at the BA, MA, and PhD levels; the ability to teach and supervise written work on a wide range of topics at the BA level.
  • The ability to engage with wider issues of scholarship, and to position the study of Egyptian Archaeology, Art and Material Culture in transnational and global configurations.
  • Familiarity with issues of cultural heritage preservation and management.
  • Commitment to high-quality teaching practice, wide teaching scope in terms of content and audiences (e.g. students majoring in Egyptology, Archaeology, Classics, Ancient History and other degree programmes in which LIAS is involved).
  • Affinity with area studies, and the ability to work from interdisciplinary, theoretical, and comparative perspectives.
  • An excellent command of Old and Middle Egyptian and the ability to teach these languages on all levels. Proficiency in other phases of the Egyptian language is an advantage.
  • Readiness to perform administrative and management duties in the Institute of Area Studies and the Faculty of Humanities.
  • Willingness and ability to work in a team.
  • An excellent command of English. The MA programmes in Classical and Ancient Civilization are offered in English, and English may be used in the BA programme in Ancient Cultures of the Mediterranean as well.
  • If the Lecturer doesn’t speak Dutch, she will be expected to take an introductory Dutch course; and, if the contract is extended beyond 2020 (see below), to further develop her command of Dutch for practical matters, with the University funding her training at the Academic Language Centre.
  • Upon appointment, depending on experience and formal qualifications to date, the Lecturer may 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 extensions and conversion to a permanent position.


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 masters’ 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: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/.

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.


Terms and conditions
Appointment will initially be for two years from July 2017 through June 2020, with the possibility of a permanent position thereafter. Salary range, depending on education and work experience, from € 3,427.- to € 4,691.- gross per month (pay scale 11, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities), based on a full-time appointment. Depending on qualifications, the lecturer may start at the appropriate step in scale 10 until 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. More at http://www.workingat.leiden.edu/.


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

Enquiries should be directed at Olaf Kaper, email o.e.kaper@hum.leidenuniv.nl with cc. to Frank Pieke, email f.n.pieke@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Information about the LIAS Department can be found at http://www.hum.leiden.edu/lias/and about Leiden University at http://www.hum.leidenuniv.nl.

Applications must be received no later than 15 January 2017, with the interviews with shortlisted candidates scheduled for 20 February 2017. Applications should be in English, and be submitted to the Egyptian Archaeology Search Committee at email vacatureslias@hum.leidenuniv.nl, with the items listed below included in this order in one single PDF document named ‘FAMILY NAME – Given name – vacancy number’:

  • A cv including education and employment history, publications, and courses taught to date and planned;
  • A letter of motivation including a personal vision of Egyptology and the place of archaeology and material culture therein;
  • 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);
  • A course description (intro + outline of 12 two-hour weekly sessions) on a topic of choice in the area of Egyptian Archaeology and Material Culture, aimed at 3rd-year BA OCMW majors and using some source material in Middle Egyptian in addition to translations and academic literature;
  • A course description (intro + outline of 12 two-hour weekly sessions) for ‘Egyptian Archaeology,’ aimed at 2nd-year BA students in OCMW, with saliency rather than completeness as a guiding principle. Using English-language material only, the course builds on previously acquired knowledge;
  • Names, positions, and email addresses of three referees (no reference letters).

Note: Please do not send samples of written work at this stage. These will be requested from the shortlisted candidates only.


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