University Lecturer in Urban Studies and History (0,8 fte)

University Lecturer in Urban Studies and History (0,8 fte)

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The Leiden University, Faculty of Humanities, Institute for History is looking for

University Lecturer in Urban Studies and History (0,8 fte)
Vacancy number 13223
Starting date 1 August 2023.

Job description

For this position we are looking for an Urban Historian (a Historian with a profound interest in urban issues, or an Urbanist with expertise in History). As a lecturer, you will hold a position in the Institute for History, working within the research specialisation Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence (CMGI). Most of the teaching for this post will be in Leiden University's English-taught BA Urban Studies programme based at the campus in The Hague. The Urban Studies programme is divided into four themes - safety, cultural diversity, health, and sustainability - and you should be able to connect your research to one (or more) of these overarching themes. We are especially interested to hear from candidates with expertise in non-Western urban contexts.

Key responsibilities
  • Teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels, in tutorial, lecture and seminar formats, and supervision of theses in Urban Studies and in contemporary History (BA and MA level).
  • Doing original research and regular dissemination of the results through appropriate channels, and apply for funding.
  • Performing administrative and coordinating tasks in line with career stage.
  • Representation of the field to external audiences and media.


Leiden University


Selection criteria
  • You hold a PhD degree in contemporary History or a PhD in Urban Studies with proven expertise in History.
  • You have a publication record fitting your career stage.
  • You have experience in teaching at university level, proven by formal teaching evaluations and/or a teaching certificate.
  • You have earning capacity when it comes to external funding.
  • You have affinity with and capacity for teamwork and collegiality in an intercultural work environment.
  • You have an excellent command of English.
  • If you do not speak Dutch, you are expected to acquire a good command of Dutch (B1 level) within two years of the appointment. The Institute for History will make resources available to this end.
Upon appointment, depending on experience and formal qualifications, you will be required to obtain a nationally standardized teaching skills certification (Basis Kwalificatie Onderwijs, or BKO). If you do not already possess this qualification or its equivalent, you must be willing and able to obtain this Qualification within two years.

Conditions of employment

Terms and conditions
The appointment (0,8 fte) is in temporary employment for 18 months (1 August, 2023 to January 31st, 2025), with the prospect of a permanent position after positive evaluation. The position corresponds to the position of University Lecturer in the University system of job profiles (UFO). The salary is in accordance with the collective salary agreement of the Association of Dutch Universities (CAO) and depending on qualifications and experience. The gross monthly salary is € 3557 (scale 10-4) to € 6181 (scale 12) for a full working week. Leiden University also offers an annual holiday premium of 8% and an end-of-year premium of 8.3%.

Depending on qualifications, as specified by the Faculty of Humanities, particularly regarding teaching skills certification and the number of years of relevant work experience, the appointee may either start at the appropriate step in scale 10, 11 or 12.

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

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Universiteit Leiden

About our organisation
Since its founding in 1575, Leiden University has acquired an international reputation for excellent teaching and research. With its staff of over 800, the Faculty of Humanities provides 26 Bachelors and 27 Masters programmes for over 7,200 students based at locations in Leiden and The Hague.

The Institute for History is the home of a vibrant community of researchers and lecturers with outstanding track records and successful in attracting national and international research grants. Under the label 'Global Questions, Local Sources' scholars affiliated to the Institute combine a deep knowledge of global interactions and of specific localities, regions and states in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. They use comparative, connective and entangled approaches and resort to qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.
All researchers of the Institute for History are connected to one of the six research specializations: The Unification of the Mediterranean World (400 BC - 400 AD), Collective Identities and Transnational Networks in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, 1000-1800, Political Culture and National Identities, Colonial and Global History, Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence, and History and International Relations. For more information on the Institute for History:

Diversity and Inclusion
Leiden University's Institute for History embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized backgrounds to apply.


  • Assistant professor
  • Behaviour and society
  • max. 32 hours per week
  • €3974—€5439 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 13223



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