University Lecturer in Judaism and Diaspora Studies

University Lecturer in Judaism and Diaspora Studies

Published Deadline Location
28 Jan 7 Mar Leiden

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Leiden university, the Faculty of Humanities, Leiden Institute for Area Studies (LIAS), Centre for the Study of Religion (LUCSoR) is looking for an University Lecturer in Judaism and Diaspora Studies

Job description

We welcome applications by scholars of religion with a specialisation in Modern and/or Contemporary Judaism, and with an interest in linking the study of Judaism to contemporary, comparative, and theoretical issues in the study of religion. We seek candidates with the vision and enthusiasm to develop and maintain a distinguished research presence, while also being devoted to high-quality teaching and the running of the centre. The work of the university lecturer will consist of:

  • Teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels, in lecture and seminar formats, and supervision of theses in the following programmes: BA Religious Studies, MA Religious Studies, BA International Studies, BA Middle Eastern Studies, MA Middle Eastern Studies, MA International Relations;
  • Doing original research and regular dissemination of the results through appropriate channels;
  • Supervision of PhD research;
  • Acquisition of project funding;
  • Representation of the field to external audiences and media;
  • Administrative duties and active participation in the running of the centre.


Leiden University


  • A PhD degree in the Study of Religion or another relevant field. Candidates near completion of the degree will be considered;
  • Preference for research expertise on the History and Culture of Jews and Judaism in the Modern and/or Contemporary Period and the ability to connect this research to current day issues;
  • A compelling research agenda that promises original and significant work in the field;
  • A publication record that is commensurate with career stage;
  • Commitment to high-quality teaching practice, and wide teaching scope in terms of content, which may also include general religious studies and diaspora studies courses. While the regional focus is open, the applicant should have the ability to teach BA and MA level courses focused on Jews and Judaism in the Middle East and the West (Europe and North America);
  • A high level of English proficiency.

Conditions of employment

We offer a position for a period of two years from 1 August 2020, with the possibility of renewal based on need, funding and performance. Salary range from € 3,637 to € 5,656 gross per month (pay scale 11-12 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). Depending on qualifications, the lecturer may start at the appropriate step in scale 10 until s/he 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. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More at our employment conditions.

Leiden University requires teaching staff to obtain the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ). If the successful applicant does not already possess this qualification or its equivalent, he/ she must be willing to obtain this Qualification within two years.


Universiteit Leiden

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 995, the faculty provides 27 master’s and 25 bachelor’s programmes for over 7,000 students based at locations in Leiden and in The Hague.

Leiden Institute for Area Studies (LIAS)  is comprised of a School of Asian Studies, a School of Middle-Eastern Studies and a School of Religious 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. Current staff  in LIAS has expertise in the fields of Anthropology, Archaeology, Art Studies, Buddhist Studies, Film Studies, History, International Relations, Language Pedagogy, Law, Linguistics, Literary Studies, Material Culture Studies, Performance Studies, Philology, Philosophy, Political Economy, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Visual Culture Studies.


  • Professor; Associate professor; Assistant professor; Lecturer
  • Language and culture
  • 30—34 hours per week
  • Doctorate
  • 20-045



Cleveringaplaats 1, 2311 BD, Leiden

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