University Lecturer in African History


Offered by:

Leiden University

Research / Academic


  • Teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels, in tutorial, lecture and seminar formats, and supervision of theses at BA History, BA African Languages and Cultures; MA African Studies; BA International Studies;
  • Supervise tutorial groups on Africa in the BA International Studies;
  • Do original research and regular dissemination of the results through appropriate channels;
  • Apply for research funding;
  • Do administrative and coordinating duties, commensurate with career stage;
  • Be involved in representation of the field to external audiences and media;
  • For this position we are specifically looking for candidates willing to apply innovative teaching and research methodology in the Humanities.


  • A PhD degree in History;
  • A specialisation in African Studies;
  • A publication record that is commensurate with career stage;
  • Proven experience in teaching at university level, including formal teaching evaluations;
  • An excellent command of English;
  • If the lecturer does not speak Dutch, it will be required to acquire sufficient proficiency in Dutch within two years from taking up duty;
  • Upon appointment, depending on experience and formal qualifications to date, the lecturer is required to obtain a nationally standardized teaching skills certification.  

Salary Benefits:

The appointment is for 30.4 hours per week in temporary employment for two years, with the option for an extension to a permanent contract. The rank of lecturer corresponds roughly to that of assistant professor in North-American terms. 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 €3,637 to €5,656 (pay scale 11 or 12) based on a full-time position.

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  

Depending on qualifications, the appointee may start at the appropriate step in scale 10 until he/she fully meets the requirements for scales 11/12 as specified by the Faculty of Humanities, particularly with regard to teaching skills certification and the number of years of relevant work experience.
We encourage all staff to learn Dutch and offer access to language classes.

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

Work Hours:

30.4 hours per week


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