Assistant Professor in Human Evolution studies and Human Niche Construction

Assistant Professor in Human Evolution studies and Human Niche Construction

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28 Jul 31 Aug Leiden

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The Faculty of Archaeology is looking for an Assistant Professor in Human Evolution studies and Human Niche Construction

Job description

The successful candidate will be responsible for developing and teaching both general and specific courses on the undergraduate and graduate levels at the Faculty of Archaeology. These courses cover a broad range of topics and themes and are aimed at developing a long-term perspective on the evolution of the human niche throughout prehistory. The successful candidate will be encouraged to incorporate their own area of specialization into these courses – research-led teaching is a goal. You will contribute to the supervision of students within the BA, MA, and MSc programs.

The candidate’s focus on the long-term scale of human evolution and human niche construction will help to bring together the teaching as well as the research carried out within various research groups (specifically within the Departments of Science and of World Archaeology) of the Faculty of Archaeology.

The successful candidate is required to be an active researcher who produces peer-reviewed publications, acquires external funding and disseminates research results to the broader audiences beyond academia. Commensurate with experience, you will also contribute to administrative and management tasks.


Leiden University


The department is seeking candidates who demonstrate excellence in teaching and research and whose research interests complement the expertise available in the World Archaeology Department and in the Faculty as a whole. The candidate’s research is related to ongoing projects within the Faculty of Archaeology, including research carried out within the Liveable Planet initiative of Leiden University. The candidate should be a team-player who is able to fit into and work in the Faculty of Archaeology multidisciplinary environment. The candidate has:

  • A PhD in Archaeology with a clear focus on Human Evolution or Niche Construction Studies;
  • Experience in teaching and research in the broad field of Human Evolution or Niche Construction studies;
  • A successful track record in obtaining research funding from national and/or international grant agencies;
  • (Near) native proficiency in the languages of instruction, English and Dutch. NB: If the candidate fulfils all other requirements, proficiency in Dutch (level C1, CEFR) may be acquired within two years after appointment;
  • Ability and willingness to work collaboratively and collegially in a team;
  • A demonstrable commitment to high quality teaching. Leiden University requires teaching staff to obtain the University Teaching Qualification (BKO). 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.

Conditions of employment

The successful applicant will receive a contract for the duration of 5 years. The possibility of renewal will be discussed after an evaluation in the fourth year. Salary range from € 3,746.- to € 5,127.- gross per month on a full-time basis (pay scale 11 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). Salary scale depends on education and experience. The position is available as of the 1st of December 2020.

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.

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


Leiden University

The future of the past begins in Leiden. The Faculty of Archaeology is internationally leading for its research, home to a broad array of specializations and notable for the strong connection it fosters between teaching and research. Home to over 500 students in the multidisciplinary world of archaeology, the faculty and its researchers from all areas of the archaeological field determine the future of archaeological research.


  • Assistant professor
  • Language and culture
  • Doctorate
  • 20-337



Cleveringaplaats 1, 2311 BD, Leiden

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