Assistant professor European Prehistory

Leiden University
February 15, 2023
Offerd Salary:€ 3974
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The Department of World Archaeology of the Faculty of Archaeology is looking for an

Assistant Professor, Archaeology of European Prehistory (0.8-1.0 fte) Vacancy number: 22-869 13320

Profile We seek an enthusiastic lecturer and outstanding researcher with a general and broad interest in European Prehistory. Your profile should supplement the existing expertise in the Department of World Archaeology. You have completed a PhD in this area and have demonstrated to independently set up a line of research on the Prehistory of (north-western) Europe. You are able to teach courses related to European prehistory enthusiastically, as well as participate in teaching methodological/theoretical courses within the BA and MA programmes of the faculty. You will be collaborating closely, and teach with, the staff of the Departments of Archaeological Sciences and Archaeological Heritage. We are particularly interested in candidates whose perspectives extend beyond strict cultural areas and periods; who have an interest in major themes in European prehistory; and who are able to link archaeology to broader and contemporary societal challenges. The Faculty has a tradition of cultivating strong relationships between research and education, and is currently developing new forms of education (including online, blended and active education). Additionally the University of Leiden attaches great importance to the quality of its education and requires that academic teaching staff are in possession of a University Teaching Qualification (e.g. BKO) or are prepared to obtain it within two years.

Key Tasks

  • Providing lectures and tutorials in World Archaeology courses, within the various education programmes and at all levels (BA, MA, RMA);
  • Independently conducting research into European Prehistory;
  • Acquiring research funding at the national or European level in consultation with colleagues in the Department of World Archaeology;
  • Supervising students and Teaching Assistants;
  • Contributing to administrative tasks within the faculty.
  • Selection Criteria

  • A PhD in the Archaeology of Prehistoric Europe;
  • A strong research portfolio and the ability to develop into a research leader in the field;
  • A successful track record in obtaining research funding and willing to prepare grant proposals for relevant funding schemes (e.g. ERC, Horizon Europe, NWO);
  • Demonstrable teaching experience (evaluations) and willingness to further professionalise teaching skills;
  • Excellent command of English. If the applicant does not speak Dutch, they will be expected to acquire a good command of Dutch, i.e. level B1, within two years of the start of the appointment;
  • The candidate is willing to contribute to the success of the Faculty of Archaeology and will take on administrative tasks;
  • Demonstrable merit in interdisciplinary and innovative scientific research, as evidenced by a number of scientific publications.
  • More specifically, we seek candidates with the following qualifications:

  • The Department is seeking candidates who demonstrate excellence in teaching and research and who have already made their mark in the Archaeology of European Prehistory;
  • The Department is seeking candidates with an area of expertise that is distinct yet aligns with current research lines at the Faculty of Archaeology.
  • The new colleague should be a team player with a collaborative, supportive and problem-solving attitude who is able to fit into and work in a multidisciplinary team.
  • The new colleague should be open and willing to work with researchers outside the field of Archaeology, and to participate in one of many interdisciplinary research projects at Leiden University, or set up a new one.
  • Our Faculty The future of the past begins at Leiden University. The Faculty of Archaeology is internationally leading for its research, home to a broad array of specialisations and notable for its strong connection between teaching and research. Home to over 500 students in the multidisciplinary world of Archaeology, the Faculty and its researchers from all areas of the archaeological field determine the future of archaeological research. More information about our university and our faculty can be found at: https: // www.

    We offer

  • candidates will be appointed in accordance of the Collective Agreement of Dutch Universities, initially for a period of one year, with the expectation of being offered a permanent position after positive evaluation;
  • the salary will be dependent on previous qualifications and experience, and ranges between € 3974.- to € 6181.- gross per month on a full-time basis (pay-scale 11 or 12);
  • 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 https: // www. procedure-and-employment-conditions.
  • Diversity Leiden University attaches great importance to diversity and therefore welcomes applications from people who are currently under-represented at Leiden.

    Information For more information about the content of this vacancy, please contact Joanita Vroom, Professor of the Archaeology of Medieval and Early Modern Eurasia, and Chair of the Department of World Archaeology, [email protected] More information about Leiden University can be found at https: // www.

    You can apply via the 'Apply' button. The deadline for applications is February 15, 2023. Applications can be addressed to Josephine Say, Management Assistant at the Department of World Archaeology, [email protected] Please attach the following additional documents as one PDF file stating the job number above:

  • A covering letter containing your motivation to apply for this position;
  • A CV and list of publications;
  • Copies of your academic transcripts and relevant (degree) certificates;
  • Two recent articles (ideally as links to freely available online publications);
  • An overview of your experience with (World) Archaeology courses (max. 1 page), together with a detailed syllabus of the most relevant course;
  • If available, the results of the student evaluation of that course;
  • A brief summary of your research profile and future plans (max. 1 page)
  • A list of 5 selected top publications where you briefly highlight how these align with your research profile);
  • The names and contact addresses of two academic referees, at least one of whom may not be the thesis supervisor or your current employer. Letters of recommendation are not necessary at this stage.
  • Interviews will be scheduled for the end of March and early April. Selected candidates will initially be invited for an online interview. We kindly request that you be available (online) during this period. Acquisition in response to this advertisement is not appreciated.

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