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University Lectureship in Modern Japan Studies

The Faculty of Humanities invites applications for a fulltime lectureship in modern Japan studies. We are interested in candidates from all social science and …

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Cleveringaplaats, Leiden, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur
€ 3545 - € 5513 per maand


The Faculty of Humanities invites applications for a fulltime lectureship in modern Japan studies. We are interested in candidates from all social science and humanities disciplines. Especially applicants with expertise in contemporary popular culture are encouraged to apply.
The Japan Studies program in Leiden is committed to the integration of disciplinary and regional-historical perspectives, on a solid foundation of excellent language skills. Priorities include cooperation across the full width of (East) Asian Studies. The local research environment includes an excellent library, and is further enhanced by research networks and the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), and Leiden Asia Centre.

Your work will consist of:

  • Original research involving primary sources and fieldwork as appropriate;
  • Teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels, in lecture and seminar formats, including the supervision of BA and MA theses;
  • Teaching in various teaching programmes of the Faculty, including Ba International Studies and Ma International Relations;
  • Supervision of PhD research;
  • Acquisition of research funding from outside sources;
  • Administrative duties, commensurate with career stage;
  • Representation of the field to external audiences and media.


  • Excellent research qualities, visible in a PhD degree (candidates near completion of the degree will be considered), research experience in situ, and a high-quality, internationally accessible publication record, as measured against career stage;
  • Demonstrable commitment to high-quality teaching practice, and the ability to teach (multi)disciplinary courses in Japan Studies and (East-) Asian and Area Studies;
  • Disciplinary expertise in one or several social science and humanities disciplines, with a focus on contemporary Japan and (East-) Asia, and openness to interdisciplinary cooperation. Specialization in popular culture of Japan is an advantage;
  • An excellent command of Japanese. Competence in other (East )Asian languages is an advantage;
  • Commitment to the acquisition of research funding from national and international funding bodies;
  • Administrative abilities, as measured against career stage;
  • An excellent command of English. The majority of the MA programs at Leiden University are taught in English, and staff members who have a better command of English than of Dutch may teach in English in BA programs as well. If the lecturer is not Dutch-speaking, she/he is expected to acquire a good command of Dutch within two years from taking up duty. LIAS will make resources available to this end.


We offer a fulltime, for 38 hours per week, fixed-term post from July 2019 through June 2021, with the possibility of renewal based on need, funding and performance. Salary range, depending on education and work experience, from €3,545 to €5,513 (pay scale 11 to 12 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities) gross per month, based on a full-time appointment. The University Lecturer may start at the appropriate step in scale 10 until she/he fully meets the requirements for scale 11 as specified by the Faculty of Humanities, particularly with regard to teaching skills certification (UTQ) and the number of years of relevant work experience.

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 https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/working-at/job-application-procedure-and-employment-conditions.

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

Additional information

Enquiries can be directed to Professor Katarzyna Cwiertka, Professor Modern Japan, email k.j.cwiertka@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

Applications must be received no later than 15 January 2019, the interviews with shortlisted candidates are tentatively scheduled for February-March 2019. 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:

  • A letter of motivation including a personal vision of Japan Studies;
  • A CV including education and employment history, publications and courses taught;
  • A statement of teaching philosophy;
  • Sample course descriptions;
  • Teaching evaluations;
  • Outline of planned research in individual and/or team projects;
  • Names, positions and email addresses of three referees (no reference letters).

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.