Junior Postdoctoral Researcher at KITLV / KNAW

Junior Postdoctoral Researcher at KITLV / KNAW

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4 Apr 16 May Leiden

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Are you looking for an unique opportunity to develop your own postdoc project within a renowned institute specialized in the study of Southeast Asia and the Caribbean? Apply to come work at KITLV!

Job description

The possibilities

We are looking for an enthusiastic, talented and passionate candidate who wants to provide an added value to the institutes' current research projects.

The KITLV has room for one Junior Postdoc, we would like to give them the opportunity to develop a research plan in one of the KITLV research clusters:
  • State;
  • Violence and Citizenship;
  • Mobility and Belonging;
  • Climate Governance.
KITLV aims for this Junior Postdoc to prepare a project proposal which will be submitted to an external funding agency such as NWO-Veni or ERC grant, in addition to publish their thesis and/or articles to be submitted to international peer reviewed journals.


Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)


The applicant
  • has research experience in the field of the humanities or social sciences, on and in Southeast Asia or the Caribbean;
  • has completed a PhD thesis in one of these fields no earlier than January 2021;
  • has published at least one article in a peer-reviewed international journal;
  • speaks at least one of the local languages of either of these areas;
  • preferably has affinity with trans-disciplinary approaches and/or new research methods in audiovisual media.
The application

Candidates are invited to submit their application in English or Dutch. Applications must include, in a single PDF file:
  • A cover letter.
  • A two-page research proposal.
  • A full curriculum vitae.
  • Please keep the names and contact information of two people we may contact for references available.
The deadline for submitting your application is 15 May 2023. Please submit your application via the Apply Now-button, you can address the application to the director of KITLV, prof. dr. D. Suhardiman.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 1 year.

Terms of employment
Depending on education and experience the minimum salary is 3.413 and the maximum salary is 3.557 gross per month for a full-time appointment (scale 10 cao Nederlandse Universiteiten/KNAW). This is exclusive of 8% vacation allowance, 8.3% year-end bonus, travel allowance, internet allowance, home working allowance and pension accrual with ABP.

The KNAW offers its staff an excellent package of secondary benefits. A package that meets the different needs of employees depending on their stage of life, lifestyle or career ambitions. For example, by working an extra two hours a week, it is possible to increase the number of days off from 29 to 41 days a year (with full-time employment).

For a complete overview of the terms of employment, please refer to the web page: werken bij de KNAW.

Diversity & Inclusion
The KNAW and KITLV considers a working environment in which everyone feels welcome and appreciated of great importance. A working environment in which attention is paid to individual quality and where development opportunities are paramount. Together we strive for an inclusive culture in which we embrace differences. We would therefore like to invite candidates who want to contribute to this through their background and experience. In the event of equal suitability, preference will be given to the candidate who thus enhances diversity within the Academy.

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About the KITLV
The Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV-KNAW) is an Academy research institute. The KITLV conducts interdisciplinary and comparative historical research. Its research focus is Southeast Asia and the Caribbean, with an emphasis on Indonesia and the 'Dutch' Caribbean. It is particularly interested in such issues as state formation, violence and citizenship, processes of mobility and the formation of ethnic and national identity. KITLV is active in the humanities, social sciences and comparative area studies and works closely with Leiden University.



For more information on KITLV and the research clusters we refer to our website.
We offer a one-year position starting in Fall 2023, which can be extended with one more year; coaching and a dynamic research environment; an excellent library next door; and good research facilities.


  • Postdoc
  • Behaviour and society
  • 32—38 hours per week
  • €3416—€3557 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 1521


Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

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