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University Lecturer in Modern German and Russian Language and Literature

University of Leiden - Faculty of Humanities

Leiden University, Faculty of Humanities is looking for an

University Lecturer in Modern German and Russian Language and Literature

Key responsibilities

  • Prepare and teach courses and tutorials/seminars in the BA German Language and Culture, the BA Russian Studies, the MA Literary Studies and the MA Russian and Eurasian Studies;
  • Prepare and teach tutorials/seminars in the BA in International Studies, including Cultural Studies (language of instruction: English) and at the Leiden University College (BA);
  • Engage in all usual forms of instruction in all programmes, including supervising exams and theses;
  • Maintain an active publishing and research programme in the field of Modern German and/or Russian literature, including applying for local and international research grants;
  • Play an active role in recruiting Dutch and international students by contributing to occasional open days, orientation and information sessions;
  • Participate in the academic community of the Institute;
  • Contribute to administrative and management duties within the programmes.

Selection criteria

  • Completed, or almost completed, a PhD in German and/or Russian literature;
  • Strong working knowledge of cultural and literary theory;
  • Awareness of current issues, viewpoints as well as innovative methods within the field;
  • Demonstrable and outstanding teaching skills (demonstrated by teaching evaluations, teaching qualifications or courses, etc.); experience in teaching at the BA and MA level; experience with educational innovations;
  • Proven track record of independent research in the field of modern German and/or Russian literature, typically demonstrated by a substantial list of peer-reviewed publications in the field;
  • High level of Dutch, English, German and Russian;
  • Flexible, with excellent communication and collaboration skills.

Our organisation
The Faculty of Humanities is a unique international centre for the advanced study of languages, cultures, arts, and societies worldwide.  Our faculty is home to more than 6,000 students and 800 staff members. For more information see the website.

The Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS) is one of the  seven Research Institutes of the Faculty of Humanities. It aims to be a prominent player in the research field of the arts (literature, art, architecture, media and design).

Terms and conditions
The appointment will start August 1st. We offer a 1,0 FTE position for a year, with the possibility of a permanent position. Salary range from € 3.637,- to € 4.978,- gross per month for a fulltime appointment depending on prior education and working experience (pay scale 11, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities)

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.

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.

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

Enquiries can be made to the Academic Director, Prof. Sybille Lammes, email

Please submit your application online no later than 7 April 2020 via the blue button in our application system. Your application should include:

  • A CV, including education and employment history, publications, and courses taught;
  • An article-length writing sample;
  • A cover letter;
  • Recent teaching evaluations (if available);
  • The names of two academic references in the required field(s).
Location: Leiden - Netherlands
Salary: €3,637 to €4,978
£3,067.81 to £4,198.94 converted salary* gross per month
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 25th March 2020
Closes: 7th April 2020
Job Ref: 20-143
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