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Lectureship in Global Political Economy (GPE) of China

University of Leiden - Faculty of Humanities

We are seeking applications from scholars of China with a PhD in global political economy, international relations, political science, sociology, development studies, or geography, with demonstrated teaching experience and research potential. We are particularly interested in applicants with a record of research on the political economy of mainland China's ties to various world regions and/or specific countries as well as China's role in various global institutions and industries.

The ideal candidate has experience in supervising BA and MA theses, an in-depth understanding of Contemporary China, and proficiency in the Chinese language.

We have identified supervision and teaching needs in political economy, politics, and international relations.

Selection Criteria

  • A doctorate in global political economy, international relations, political science, development studies, or geography with a focus on contemporary China.
  • Experience in teaching undergraduate and graduate students, and supervising theses.
  • Demonstrated excellence in research and publishing commensurate with the applicant’s career stage.
  • High level of proficiency in English and Chinese.

Key responsibilities

  • Supervising theses in China Studies, (East) Asian Studies and International Relations/Global Political Economy.
  • Teaching BA- and MA-level courses related to political economy, politics, or international relations with a focus on China/East Asia, in the BA China Studies and MA Asian studies (Leiden), BA International Studies (The Hague), and MA International Relations (Leiden).
  • Developing a research trajectory, including the submission of competitive grant proposals.
  • Contribution to the administrative work within the China Studies program and/or related programs in the Humanities.

Our organisation

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. For more information:

Leiden Institute for Area Studies (  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.

Terms and conditions

We offer a fulltime, temporary position for 18 months, from 1 August 2022 to 31 January 2024. Upon good performance, the position will be converted into a permanent position. 
Salary range from 3807.- to 5211.- gross per month (pay scale 11), in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). The lecturer may start at the appropriate step in scale 10 until they fully meet the requirements for scale 11 as specified by the Faculty of Humanities, particularly with regard to 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 at

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 diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.


Enquiries can be made to drs. Anne Sytske Keijser (, chair of the China Studies programme.


Please submit online your application no later than 02/01/2022 via the blue button in our application system.

Applications should be in English. All application materials should be submitted in a single PDF documents named ‘FAMILY NAME – Given name. 

Please include the following files in this order:

  1. Letter of motivation (max 1 page)
  2. A statement describing teaching and advising experience.
  3. A statement describing research focus and trajectory, including current and potential funding applications.
  4. Curriculum Vitae including education and employment history, publications, and courses taught.
  5. Names, positions and email addresses of three referees (no reference letters).
Location: Leiden - Netherlands
Salary: €3,807 to €5,211
£3,238.40 to £4,432.70 converted salary* gross per month (pay scale 11)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 15th December 2021
Closes: 1st February 2022
Job Ref: 21-656 10301
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