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Postdoctoral Research Fellow Egyptian Texts & Transmission

Faculty of Humanities, Leiden Institute for Area Studies is looking for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow Egyptian Texts & Transmission (1.0 FTE).

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Begijnhof, Leiden, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur
€ 2588 - € 4084 per maand


  • Undertake research on the transmission of texts and decoration from Old Kingdom, New Kingdom and Late Period tombs at Saqqara, with the main focus on the tombs found in the Leiden-Turin mission;
  • Active participation of all meetings, conferences and workshops of the project;
  • Active participation in the field work at the Leiden-Turin mission is desirable.


  • Ph.D. in Egyptology with a specialisation in the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead (in hand before 1 January, 2018);
  • A research and publication record that is commensurate with the career stage and a demonstrated interest in theory and method of religious studies, social studies, or literary studies;
  • Affinity with area studies, and the ability to work from different interdisciplinary, theoretical, and comparative perspectives;
  • The ability to engage with broader issues of scholarship, and to position the study of the texts in their wider context;
  • Excellent time management skills and the demonstrated ability to meet deadlines;
  • An excellent command of Old, Middle and Late Egyptian;
  • Willingness and ability to work on a team;
  • Fluency in English (speaking and writing).


We offer a position for 38 hours per week, from 1 January 2018 through 31 December 2018. With a possible extension of another two years to a total of 3 years. Salary range, depending on education and work experience, from €2,588 to €4,084 (pay scale 10 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities) gross per month, based on a full-time appointment.

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. More at www.workingat.leiden.edu/.

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

Additional information

The postdoctoral fellow will be funded by the VIDI project, the “Walking Dead: The Making of a Cultural Geography in Saqqara” initiated by Dr. Lara Weiss, and work in close collaboration with her as well as with Dr. Ramadan Hussein and Dr. Nico Staring. Queries can be directed to Dr. Lara Weiss, email l.weiss@rmo.nl.

Applications must be received no later than 26 November 2017, with the interviews with shortlisted candidates scheduled for mid December 2017. Applications should be in English, and be submitted vacatureslias@hum.leidenuniv.nl. Please ensure that you include in a single PDF document named ‘FAMILY NAME – Given name – vacancy number and in this order:

  • letter of motivation;
  • resume.

Acquisition following this advertisement is not appreciated.


Leiden is a typical university city, hosting the oldest university in the Netherlands (1575). The University permeates the local surroundings; University premises are scattered throughout the city, and the students who live and study in Leiden give the city its relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere.

Leiden University is one of Europe's foremost research universities. This prominent position gives our graduates a leading edge in applying for academic posts and for functions outside academia.

Faculty of Humanities

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’s historic city centre and in modern buildings in The Hague. For more information www.hum.leidenuniv.nl.

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will hold a position in the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (www.hum.leiden.edu/lias/). LIAS is comprised of a School of Asian Studies and a School of Middle-Eastern Studies, with international staff and student populations. The institute is committed to a present-day vision of area studies, integrating disciplinary and regional-historical perspectives on a solid foundation of excellent language skills.