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Leiden University Institute for Area Studies

Lectureship in the study of pre-modern China, Vacancy number : 13-237

The Faculty of Humanities at Leiden University invites applications for a fulltime University Lectureship in the study of premodern China. Research specialization is open, but we are especially interested in scholars of literature. Teaching will include Classical Chinese, history, and topics of choice depending on specialization, in Chinese Studies and (East) Asian Studies. This is a replacement position, and appointment will be fixed-term from January 2014 through June 2017. Leiden University aims to employ more women in areas where they are underrepresented. Women are therefore especially invited to apply.

Since its founding in 1575, Leiden University has built an internationally recognized record of excellence in teaching and research. Leiden University is a founding member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU). Currently, the University has about 17,000 students and 4,000 staff. The Faculty of Humanities consists of the Institutes for Area Studies, Creative & Performing Arts, Cultural Disciplines, History, Linguistics, Philosophy, and Religious Studies. It has about 4,500 students and 900 staff. Staff and students come from all over the world. The Faculty offers some 30 BA programs and 45 MA programs. Its Graduate School annually awards about 70 PhD degrees.

The lecturer will hold a position in the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS). LIAS is committed to the integration of disciplinary and regional-historical perspectives, on a solid foundation of excellent language skills, and comprises a School of Asian Studies and a School of Middle-Eastern Studies. Current staff in Asian Studies have expertise in the fields of Anthropology, Archeology, Art & Visual Studies, Development Studies, Economics, Film Studies, History, International Relations, Language Pedagogy, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Material Culture Studies, Media Studies, Performance Studies, Philology, Philosophy, Political Studies, Religious Studies, and Sociology. The local research environment includes an excellent library, and is enhanced by the Leiden University Asian Modernities and Traditions key research area (AMT), the Modern East Asia Research Center (MEARC), the Kern Institute, the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), the Royal Netherlands Institute for Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV), and the National Museum of Ethnography (MV).

Duties & responsibilities • Teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels, supervision of BA and MA theses, and contributions to curriculum development. • Original research and regular dissemination of the results through appropriate channels. • Acquisition of project funding (NWO, ERC, etc). • Administration. • Representation of the field to external audiences and media.

As this is a replacement position, the acquisition of project funding will be encouraged but is not a hard requirement, and administrative duties will be light.

Requirements

A PhD degree in a relevant field. Candidates near completion of the degree will be considered.

A strong research profile, and a publication record that is commensurate with career stage.

Demonstrable commitment to high-quality teaching practice, and wide teaching scope in terms of content.

The ability to work from interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives, especially in East Asian Studies.

An excellent command of Classical Chinese and modern Chinese. Proficiency in other (East-)Asian languages is an advantage.

International experience in education and/or employment.

An excellent command of English. Most MA programs at Leiden University are taught in English, and English may be used in BA teaching as well.

Upon appointment, depending on experience and formal qualifications to date, the lecturer may be required to enter a nationally standardized tertiary teaching skills certification trajectory.

Terms of Employment

The rank of University Lecturer (Universitair Docent) is roughly equivalent to that of Assistant Professor in North-American terms. Salary range from € 3,259,- to € 4,462,- per month (pay scale 11), commensurate with qualifications, with additional holiday and end-of-year bonuses. Depending on qualifications, the lecturer may start at the appropriate step in scale 10 until s/he fully meets the requirements for scale 11 as specified by the Faculty of Humanities, particularly with regard to teaching skills certification and the number of years of relevant work experience. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. How to apply

Review of applications will commence 23 September 2013 and continue until the position is filled or this call is closed. Queries to Maghiel van Crevel (m.van.crevel hum.leidenuniv.nl), with cc to Rint Sybesma (r.p.e.sybesma hum.leidenuniv.nl). Applications should be in English, and be submitted to the premodern China search committee at vacatureslias hum.leidenuniv.nl, with the items listed below included in this order in *one* PDF document named ‘FAMILY NAME – Given name –13-237’ :

• A CV including education and employment history, publications, and courses taught. • A letter of motivation including a personal vision of the study of premodern China, in Chinese Studies and (East) Asian Studies contexts. • A research agenda (1 page). • A teaching statement (1 page). • Two sample course descriptions. • Names, positions and email addresses of three referees (no reference letters).


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