Gepubliceerd op 28-02-2017

Vacature: University Lectureship in Islamic History (before 1500) Deadline 31 March

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

University Lectureship in Islamic History (before 1500) (1.0 fte)
Vacancy number 17-067

Key responsibilities

  • Conduct original research using primary sources in the Arabic language in any field of the history of Muslim societies before 1500 CE and regular dissemination of the results through appropriate channels;
  • Teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels in the BA program Middle Eastern Studies, the MA program Middle Eastern Studies, and other programs and courses as appropriate; supervision of BA and MA theses; contributions to curriculum development. Courses may include History of the Middle East (600-1600); Arabic manuscript and book studies; Cultural history of medieval Baghdad; Arabic papyrology; BA and MA thesis seminar;
  • Administrative duties;
  • Representation of the field to external audiences and media.

Selection criteria

  • A PhD degree in the history of Muslim societies before 1500 CE. Candidates near completion of the degree will be considered;
  • Specialist knowledge of Arabic primary sources, including manuscripts and documentary sources such as papyri, inscriptions, etc;
  • Advanced proficiency in Classical Arabic;
  • 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;
  • An excellent command of English. The MA in Middle Eastern Studies is offered in English, and English may be used in the BA in Middle Eastern Studies 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 (BKO or Basis Kwalificatie Onderwijs).

Our Faculty/Institute
The Faculty of Humanities is rich in expertise in fields as philosophy, religious studies, history, art history, literature, linguistics and regional studies covering nearly every region of the world. Our faculty is home to more than 5400 students and 800 staff members. For more information, see http://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/humanities.

The lecturer will hold a position in the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (http://www.hum.leiden.edu/lias/). 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
We offer a 38 hours per week, fixed-term post from September 2017 through February 2022. Salary range, depending on education and work experience, from € 3,427.- to € 4,691.- (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 lecturer may start at the appropriate step in pay scale 10 until she/he fully meets the requirements for pay 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.

Queries can be directed to Petra Sijpesteijn at email p.m.sijpesteijn@hum.leidenuniv.nl, with a cc to Frank Pieke at email f.n.pieke@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

Applications must be received no later than Friday 31 March 2017, with the interviews with shortlisted candidates scheduled for Wednesday 19 April 2017. Applications should be in English, and be submitted to vacatureslias@hum.leidenuniv.nl. 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, and languages and 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 and outline of 12 two-hour weekly sessions with assigned Classical Arabic text fragments and background literature) for a BA3 class entitled Daily life in medieval Baghdad and for an MA class on any theme in Medieval Islamic History;
• Names, positions, and email addresses of three referees (no reference letters at this stage)

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

Acquisition following this advertisement is not appreciated.


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