Offre d’emploi – University Lecturer in the Cultural History of Christianity

Deadline : 7 March
Leiden University

Leiden University, the Faculty of Humanities, Leiden Institute for Area Studies (LIAS), Centre for the Study of Religion (LUCSoR) is looking for an University Lecturer in the Cultural History of Christianity


We welcome applications by scholars of religion with the ability to position Christianity in historical perspective, with sensitivity to socio-cultural context and local-global configurations, as well as an interest in linking the historical study of Christianity to contemporary, comparative, and theoretical issues in the study of religion. We seek candidates with the vision and enthusiasm to develop and maintain a distinguished research presence, while also being devoted to high-quality teaching and the running of the centre. The work will consist of:

  • Teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels, in lecture and seminar formats, and supervision of theses in the following programmes: BA Religious Studies, MA Religious Studies, Educational MA Religie en Levensbeschouwing, BA International Studies;
  • Doing original research and regular dissemination of the results through appropriate channels;
  • Supervision of PhD research;
  • Acquisition of project funding;
  • Representation of the field to external audiences and media;
  • Administrative duties and active participation in the running of the centre.


  • A PhD degree in the Study of Religion or another relevant field. Candidates near completion of the degree will be considered;
  • Preference for research expertise on pre-twentieth century Christianity (period of focus is otherwise open and could include early, medieval, modern, etc.) and the ability to connect historical research to current day issues;
  • A compelling research agenda that promises original and significant work in the field;
  • A publication record that is commensurate with career stage;
  • Commitment to high-quality teaching practice, and wide teaching scope in terms of content, which may also include general Religious Studies, History and Cultural Studies courses. While the regional focus of research is open, the applicant should have the ability to teach BA and MA level courses on the history of Christianity in the West (Europe and North America), as well as The Netherlands in particular;
  • A high level of English proficiency.
  • Conditions of employment

We offer a position for the duration of two years with effect from 1 Augustus 2020, with the possibility of renewal based on need, funding and performance. Salary range from €3,637 to €5,656 gross per month (pay scale 11 to 12 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). 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.

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 information, see our employment conditions.

Leiden University requires teaching staff to obtain the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ). If the successful applicant does not already possess this qualification or its equivalent, he/ she must be willing to obtain this Qualification within two years.

Employer : Leiden University

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 and in The Hague.

Leiden Institute for Area Studies (LIAS) is comprised of a School of Asian Studies, a School of Middle-Eastern Studies and a School of Religious 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. Current staff  in LIAS has expertise in the fields of anthropology, archaeology, art studies, buddhist studies, film studies, history, international relations, language pedagogy, law, linguistics, literary studies, material culture studies, performance studies, philology, philosophy, political economy, religious studies, sociology, and visual culture studies.

Additional information

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

Enquiries can be made to the chair of the hiring committee, Corey Williams, email

source : Academic Transfer

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