Postdoctoral Researcher in Ancient Near Eastern Studies

Postdoctoral Researcher in Ancient Near Eastern Studies

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31 Jan 24 Mar Leiden

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Faculty of Humanities and the Netherlands Institute for the Near East: Fixed-Term (2 years) Postdoctoral Researcher in Ancient Near Eastern Studies (1,0 fte)

Vacancynumer: 13369

The Faculty of Humanities at Leiden University invites applications f...

Job description

The Netherlands Institute for the Near East (NINO) is pleased to offer a two-year postdoctoral fellowship hosted at Leiden University. This initiative is designed to foster early-career researchers specializing in the study of the ancient Near East. The fellowship comes with full-time employment at the Faculty of Humanities at Leiden University and with access to facilities at NINO (office space, computer, libraries and collections). The fellow is expected to reside in or near Leiden during the time of appointment and to participate in the intellectual life of the Institute. All applicants, but especially those with interdisciplinary research profiles beyond the Humanities, are encouraged to seek additional affiliation to relevant researchers or research groups in the Netherlands (Leiden or elsewhere).

The fellowship is aimed at candidates of any nationality who completed their doctorate (PhD) within the last four years and who have proven their potential to conduct and publish research at an international level. This year, we invite applications of researchers who work in the field of Egyptology.

During the fellowship, the successful candidate will work on their own research. They will design and teach a graduate course on "Methods and Concepts in ancient Near Eastern Studies", which is offered at a national level to advanced students from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds, including ancient Near Eastern Archaeology and History, Assyriology, Classics, Egyptology, Hittitology and Coptic Studies. In their second year, the fellow will convene an international academic conference on a topic relevant to their own research, taking into consideration the research interests represented at the NINO and/or other institutes and universities in the Netherlands. The proceedings of this conference will be published after peer-review in one of NINO's book series.

Key responsibilities
  • Conduct original research on a topic relating to Egyptology;
  • Teach a graduate seminar on methods and concepts in ancient Near Eastern Studies;
  • Organize an international conference on a topic relevant to their own research;


Leiden University


  • A PhD degree in a relevant field of study, completed between January 2019 and February 2023;
  • A research and publication record that is commensurate with career stage;
  • Commitment to high-quality research, publication, and dissemination;
  • Excellent communication and organization skills;
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.

Conditions of employment

Terms and conditions

We offer a fixed-term position from September 2023 through August 2025. Leiden University is committed to diversity, inclusiveness, and equal opportunities.

The salary range for a postdoctoral researcher is from € 3,974 to € 5,439 gross per month (pay-scale 11), commensurate with qualifications, with substantial additional holiday and end-of-year bonuses. Depending on qualifications, the researcher 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 the number of years of relevant work experience. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

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.


The Faculty of Humanities/The Netherlands Institute for the Near East (NINO)

The Faculty of Humanities is an international centre for the study of languages, cultures, arts, and societies worldwide, in their historical contexts from prehistory to the present. We take culture broadly to include religions, philosophies, and worldviews as well as literature, art, and technology. We aim to contribute to knowledge, the sustainable well-being of societies, and the understanding of the cognitive, historical, cultural, artistic, and social aspects of human life. In research and teaching, we focus on "Dynamics of Diversity", meaning the mobility of people, language, culture, ideas, art, and institutions in a globalizing world, and their interconnectivity through the ages.

Our faculty is home to more than 7,500 students and 900 staff members. For more information, see

The Netherlands Institute for the Near East (NINO) is a research centre located at the Faculty of Humanities. NINO aims to advance knowledge of the history of the ancient Near East (incl. Egypt), its archaeological remains and its cultural heritage. Its research community consists of researchers based in Leiden as well as in other Dutch universities. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to engage with this community while in residence. The fellowship grants privileged access to NINO's specialist library and its various collections.

The postdoctoral researcher will hold a position in the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS). LIAS is committed to the integration of disciplinary and regional-historical perspectives, on a solid foundation of excellent language skills, and comprises a School of Asian Studies and a School of Middle-Eastern Studies.


  • Postdoc
  • Language and culture
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €3974—€5439 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 13368



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