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University Lecturer African Literature and Culture

Vacancy number
Academic staff
Internal, External
Publication date
11 September 2018
Closing date
24 September 2018

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Leiden University, African Studies Centre (ASCL) and the Faculty of Humanities: Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS), are looking for an University Lecturer African Literature and Culture (1.0 fte) – starting 1 January 2019. 

We are looking for a dynamic person with knowledge about both oral and written African literature who is familiar enough with an African language to study its literature. Research on current vivid performance such as rap and visual representations in new media and film could be an asset. The appointment will be a dual appointment to LUCAS (0,5 fte) and ASCL (0,5 fte).

Key responsibilities

  • Teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels, in lecture and seminar formats, in the African Languages and Cultures, African Studies and International Studies programmes, and in other programmes and courses as required;
  • Supervising BA and MA theses;
  • Participating in the development and implementation of education innovations – also in digital form;
  • Playing an active role in recruiting Dutch and international students by contributing to open days, orientation and information sessions;
  • Contributing to administrative and management duties within the program and LUCAS;
  • Supervising PhD candidates;
  • Doing research in the field of African Literature (in African languages)/Culture within one of the research programmes of LUCAS;
  • Contributing to administrative and management duties within the African Studies Centre;
  • Teaching within the Research Masters and Masters African Studies;
  • Conducting research within one of the Collaborative Research Groups of ASCL;
  • Acquisition of project funding at the national, European and international level (NWO, Horizon 2020 etc.).

Selection criteria

  • A PhD-degree in the field of African Literature/Culture and a publication record that is commensurate with career stage;
  • Research profile that fits within LUCAS and ASCL: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/humanities/centre-for-the-arts-in-society/research  & https://www.ascleiden.nl/content/research;
  • Demonstrable and outstanding teaching skills (demonstrated by teaching evaluations, etc.) and experience with educational innovations;
  • Upon appointment, depending on experience to date, the Assistant Professor may be required to enter a nationally standardized tertiary teaching skills certification trajectory (UTQ or University Teaching Qualification);
  • An extensive national and international network in the field of African Literature/Culture;
  • Demonstrable experience with the application and acquisition of external project funding;
  • Excellent command of English;
  • If the successful applicant is not Dutch speaking, s/he is expected to acquire a good command of Dutch within two years from taking up duty;
  • Flexible, excellent communication skills, team worker.

The organisation

The Faculty of Humanities is a unique international centre for the advanced study of languages, cultures, arts, and societies worldwide, in their historical contexts from prehistory to the present.  Our faculty is home to more than 6,000 students and 800 staff members. 

The Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society 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).

The African Studies Centre Leiden (ASCL) is the only multidisciplinary academic knowledge institute in the Netherlands devoted entirely to the study of Africa. It has an excellent library that is open to the public. The ASCL is an interfaculty institute of Leiden University.

Terms and conditions

We offer a full-time, 1,5 year term position, with the possibility of renewal based on need, funding and performance. Salary range from € 3,545,- to € 5,513,- gross per month for a fulltime appointment depending on prior education and working experience (pay scale 11 or 12 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 is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.


Enquiries can be made to Academic Director of LUCAS, prof. dr. Anthonya Visser (a.visser@hum.leidenuniv.nl) or prof. dr. Jan-Bart Gewald (j.b.gewald@asc.leidenuniv.nl), Director of ASCL.  Information about LUCAS can be found at http://www.universiteitleiden.nl/geesteswetenschappen/centre-for-the-arts-in-society and about the African Studies Centre at http://www.ascleiden.nl, and about Leiden University at http://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en 


To apply for this vacancy, please send an email to vacatureslucas@hum.leidenuniv.nl no later than 24 September 2018. Please ensure that you upload the following additional documents in a single PDF, quoting the vacancy number:

  • Motivation letter;
  • A detailed CV, listing education and employment history, publications, grants and awards, etc.;
  • A teaching statement (a description of courses taught, teaching interest, teaching evaluations);
  • Names, positions and contact information for three referees (no reference letters).

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