Postdoctoral Research Fellow Digital Asia (1.0 fte)

University of Leiden – Faculty of Humanities

Faculty of Humanities, Leiden Institute for Area Studies is looking for a 

Postdoctoral Research Fellow Digital Asia (1.0 fte)
Vacancy number 17-140 

Key responsibilities

  • coordinate international grant proposals for the development of Digital Humanities research in Asian languages;
  • develop a master’s programme in digital Asian cultural studies at Leiden University;
  • undertake research in the area of Asian digital humanities or cultural studies. 

The postdoctoral fellow will be funded by the Critical Approaches to New Asian Media Ecologies (CANAME) project (a collaboration of professor Hilde De Weerdt, dr. Bart Barendregt, and dr. Florian Schneider) and funded by the Leiden University Asian Modernities and Traditions cluster. He/She will work with staff in the Leiden Institute for Area Studies (e.g., De Weerdt, Schneider), the Leiden University Centre for Digital Humanities (e.g., Cha, Vierthaler), the Institute for Cultural Anthropology & Development Sociology (e.g., Barendregt), and international collaborators (e.g., the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science) to develop and coordinate teaching and research in Asian digital humanities. 

Selection Criteria

  • Ph.D. in humanities, social sciences, or computer science field relevant to the analysis of digital media in Asia or in Asian languages (in hand before September 1, 2017);
  • fluency in English (speaking and writing);
  • strong communication and project management skills;
  • experience in grant proposal writing;
  • familiarity with or strong interest in digital research infrastructures;
  • experience or strong interest in teaching digital humanities. 

Our Faculty/Institute
The Faculty of Humanities is rich in expertise in fields as philosophy, religious studies, history, art history, literature, linguistics and regional studies covering nearly every region of the world. Our faculty is home to more than 5400 students and 800 staff members. For more information, see
The researcher will hold a position in the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies ( LIAS is comprised of a School of Asian Studies and a School of Middle-Eastern 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. 

Terms and conditions
We offer a fixed-term post from 1 September 2017 through August 2018. Salary range, depending on education and work experience, from € 2,552.- to € 4,028.- (pay scale 10 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities) gross per month, based on a full-time appointment. 

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. 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. 

Queries can be directed to professor Hilde De Weerdt, email 

Applications must be received no later than 10 May 2017, with the interviews with shortlisted candidates scheduled for mid to late May 2017.

Applications should be in English, and be submitted Please ensure that you include in a single PDF document named ‘FAMILY NAME – Given name – vacancy number and in this order:

  • letter of motivation;
  • resume. 

Acquisition following this advertisement is not appreciated.