Lecturer African Linguistics

Lecturer African Linguistics

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14 May 28 May Leiden

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Job description

The Faculty of Humanities, is looking for a

Lecturer African Linguistics (0.5 FTE)
Vacancy number 24- 14871

The Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) is looking for a lecturer, starting 1 August 2024, to teach on our BA African Studies and BA Linguistics.

Key responsibilities
Teach 4 courses in total with a particular focus on African Linguistics, offering introductory and intermediate courses on the study of African Languages, Linguistic fieldwork and Language and culture in Africa. You will contribute to teaching at the undergraduate level.

Selection criteria
  • You hold a PhD degree in African or General linguistics or a related field;
  • You are a dedicated teacher with a strong academic teaching record, both at the BA and at the MA level, as demonstrated by teaching evaluations;
  • You have experience of conducting fieldwork;
  • Experience of teaching field methods will be an added advantage;
  • Experience of teaching a range of topics in African Linguistics will be an advantage.

Our organisation
Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) is one of seven Institutes that falls under the Faculty of Humanities. With over 120 linguists working at the Institute, it is a rich research environment that prides itself on fostering scientific excellence and teaching.

LUCL has a longstanding tradition in the study of the world’s languages and features unique linguistic expertise. Current theoretical insights are combined with modern experimental methods in its research profile area ‘Language Diversity in the World’. Researchers from our six umbrella research groups are experts in their respective fields, but equally find innovative ways of collaborating with other fields and disciplines.

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. For more information: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/humanities.

Terms and conditions
We offer a fixed-term appointment as a lecturer at 0.5 FTE (19 hours) per week, including some research and development time, for a total period of 4 years, with an initial 18 months probation period for which, after positive evaluation of your teaching capabilities, will be extended to the full period.
Salary ranges from € 3,226.- to € 5,090.- gross per month (pay scale 10 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities and commensurate with qualifications and experience).

The start date for the position is 1 August 2024. The successful candidate will be expected to be physically present in the Netherlands for the starting date of the contract and will be expected to be physically present in the Netherlands during work.

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3%). Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. For more information see the website.

Leiden University requires teaching staff to obtain the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ), and newly appointed staff is expected to obtain this qualification within 2-3 years from the start of their appointment.

Fostering an inclusive community is a central element of the values and vision of Leiden University. Leiden University is committed to becoming an inclusive community which enables all students and staff to feel valued and respected and to develop their full potential. Diversity in experiences and perspectives enriches our teaching and strengthens our research. High quality teaching and research is inclusive.

Enquiries can be made to prof. dr. Nancy Kula, professor African Linguistics, e-mail
For practical questions, please contact the Institute Manager, Maarit van Gammeren, e-mail m.s.k.van.gammeren@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

Please submit your application online no later than Friday 7th June 2024 via the blue button in our application system. Your application should include:
  • A CV including education and employment history, publications, and courses taught;
  • Names, positions, and email addresses of two referees (no reference letters at this point).

Enquiries from agencies are not accepted.


Leiden University


  • Education
  • Language and culture
  • max. 19 hours per week
  • €3226—€5090 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 14871



Rapenburg 70, 2311EZ, Leiden

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