PhD Position in Ancient Greek Language, Literature, and Culture, and / or Ancient Philosophy

Research / Academic


The PhD candidate will work in the Classics Research Programme of the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS). The Leiden classicists form a lively research community, covering a range of expertise, and with extensive collaboration in the National Research School in Classical Studies, OIKOS. 

Candidates may apply with an initial research proposal of their own. The research project should be concerned with a topic in Ancient Greek Language, Literature and Culture, and / or Ancient Philosophy.

Supervisor: Professor Ineke Sluiter (Leiden University); co-supervisor to be determined dependent on the topic. Please check the list of Leiden classicists at

Tasks of the PhD candidate will include:

  • Completion and defence of a PhD thesis within four years;

  • Participation in meetings of the project research group(s);

  • Presentations of intermediate research results at workshops and conferences;

  • Participation in the training programme of the local Graduate School and the National Research School in Classics (OIKOS);

  • Participation in staff meetings of the Leiden Classics team and the intellectual life of the department;

  • Some teaching in the second and third years of the appointment.


  • A RMA, MA or MPhil degree in Classics, held by time of appointment, with an MA thesis of high quality with a grade of at least 8.0 on a ten-point scale, or comparable assessment;

  • Well-developed research skills, including the ability to formulate relevant and creative research questions and hypotheses, descriptive and analytical skills, and a clear and persuasive style of writing;

  • Excellent competence in ancient Greek and English, as well as reading competence in French, German and Italian;

  • Independent thinker, team player.

Salary Benefits:

PhD project, 4 years (38 hrs per week), starting date 1 September 2019 or sooner. Initially the employee will receive a one-year contract, with extension for the following 36 months on condition of a positive evaluation. Salary range from €2,325 to €2,972 gross per month for a fulltime appointment depending on prior education and working experience (pay scale P, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

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  

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

Work Hours:

36 - 40 hours per week


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