Lecturer in European Union Studies (0.8 FTE)

University of Leiden – Faculty of Humanities, Institute for History

Key responsibilities

  • Original research and regular dissemination of the results through appropriate channels;
  • Teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels, in lecture and seminar formats, and supervision of BA and MA theses in the International Relations program and minor/premaster European Union Studies;
  • Administrative duties, commensurate with career stage;
  • Research and publication;
  • Representation of the field to external audiences and media.

The applicant will be expected to teach courses on the political economy of European integration, research methods, and comparative regionalism. He or she will do research and publish, and will also be expected to perform administrative and coordinating tasks.

Selection criteria

  • A PhD degree in the humanities or social sciences on a topic related to European integration;
  • A publication record that is commensurate with career stage;
  • Proven experience in teaching at University level;
  • An excellent command of English;
  • Upon appointment, depending on experience and formal qualifications to date, the lecturer may be required to enter a nationally standardized teaching skills certification trajectory (Basis Kwalificatie Onderwijs, or BKO).

Our Faculty/Institute

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 930, the faculty provides 27 master’s and 25 bachelor’s programmes for over 6,000 students based at locations in Leiden’s historic city centre and in modern buildings in The Hague. For more information: http://www.hum.leidenuniv.nl.

The teaching duties will primarily lie in the MA International Relations, track European Union Studies, and in the minor/premaster European Union Studies. The MA program in International Relations is a rapidly growing program that currently offers five specializations. The European Union Studies specialization covers the EU’s broad geographical sweep from an interdisciplinary perspective. The MA International Relations has a yearly intake of approximately 400 students. The minor/premaster welcomes approximately 50 students annually. Both programs are taught in English. The lecturer will hold a position in the Institute for History. More at http://hum.leiden.edu/international-relations.

Terms and conditions

The appointment (starting 1 February 2018) is for 30.4 hours per week in temporary employment for two years and cannot be renewed. The rank of lecturer corresponds roughly to that of assistant professor in North American terms. The salary is in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities and depending on qualifications and experience, the gross monthly salary is €3,475 to €5,405 (pay scale 11 or 12) for a full working week. 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.

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 https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/working-at/job-application-procedure-and-employment-conditions.


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


Further information for this position can be obtained from Professor André W.M. Gerrits (email: a.w.m.gerrits@hum.leidenuniv.nl).


Applications should be in English, and be submitted no later than 15 December 2017 to the International Relations Search Committee at vacaturesgeschiedenis@hum.leidenuniv.nl, with the items listed below included in this order in a single PDF documents named ‘FAMILY NAME/Position EUS’:

  • CV including education and employment history, publications, and courses taught;
  • Letter of motivation, which shows clear affinity with and specific knowledge of the area of International Studies (max. 1 page);
  • Research agenda for the coming two years;
  • One sample course description of an elective taught at either the BA or MA level on topics related to an important (policy) area of the European Union (max. 1 page);
  • Names, positions, and email addresses of two referees (no reference letters).

Interviews will be held on 21 December. Interviewees will be invited to give a 20 minutes mock-lecture and a 10 minutes research presentation.