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Full professor in ‘Comparative Indo-European Linguistics’, 1,0 fte (38 hrs per week)

Vacancy number
Academic staff
Publication date
3 May 2022
Closing date
31 May 2022 Vacancy closed

Universiteit Leiden, Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, LUCL 

The Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) is looking for a 

Full professor in ‘Comparative Indo-European Linguistics’, 1,0 fte (38 hrs per week)

to start no later than January 2023.

The Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) hosts a large high-profile research group in the field of Comparative Indo-European Linguistics. The LUCL is looking to appoint a full professor in Comparative Indo-European Linguistics to support and expand the current lines of research of this group and to develop new approaches in research and education. 

Applicants for the position must meet as a minimum the following requirements: 
The Full Professor has in-depth knowledge of Comparative Indo-European Linguistics and is an inspiring and enthusiastic instructor, who can demonstrate experience in teaching multiple aspects of Comparative Indo-European Linguistics and various Indo-European languages. 
The professors research meets the highest academic standards and can make a valuable contribution to the research profile of the LUCL. It reflects the diversity of the field of Indo-European Studies, covering a variety of possible subjects ranging from the philology, synchronic description and/or historical grammar of the individual languages to the reconstruction of Proto-Indo-European phonology, morphology, semantics and/or syntax. 
    The professor is capable of leading the group of teachers and researchers, demonstrating the ability to connect and coach group members, as well as a proactive attitude for LUCL and for the faculty of Humanities. S/he is capable of taking on administrative duties, both in the teaching programme and at the Institute and Faculty levels. S/he is able to act as a generous and selfless manager of Indo-European Studies at the LUCL, with the necessary self-reflection, and to serve its interests nationally and internationally, both within and outside the field. 

The successful candidate will:
•    Prepare and teach courses in the fields of Comparative Indo-European Linguistics and Historical Linguistics as part of the BA, MA and ResMA Linguistics (languages of instruction: Dutch and English);
•    Engage in all usual forms of instruction in these programmes, including supervising internships and BA, MA and ResMA theses;
•    Play an active role in recruiting Dutch and international BA, MA and ResMA students, and in the development and implementation of educational innovations;
•    Conduct research in the field of Comparative Indo-European Linguistics and present the results in the form of publications, conference presentations and by other means; 
•    Apply for project funding at the national and international levels (NWO, ERC, Horizon Europe, etc.);
•    Attract and supervise PhD candidates and junior researchers;
•    Actively support and improve the international collaborations of Comparative Indo-European Linguistics at the LUCL;
•    Participate in the academic community of the LUCL, the Faculty of Humanities and the University;
•    Act as an ambassador of the field of Comparative Indo-European Linguistics, both locally and internationally;
·    Perform administrative and management tasks within LUCL, the Faculty of Humanities and Leiden University.

Your profile: 
•    Completed a PhD in Comparative Indo-European Linguistics;
•    Excellent and demonstrable command of the comparative method; 
•    Awareness of current issues and diverse viewpoints within the field, with an open mind to innovative methods;
•    Outstanding teaching skills (demonstrated by e.g. teaching evaluations, BKO/UTQ registration, etc.), including experience with educational innovation;
•    Experience in teaching at both bachelor’s and master’s level;
•    Research profile that fits the LUCL: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/humanities/leiden-university-centre-for-linguistics/about
•    Proven track record of excellent independent research, as demonstrated by a substantial list of publications and by awards/grants;
•    (Near) native proficiency in the languages of instruction, Dutch and English;
o    If the successful applicant is not Dutch-speaking, s/he is expected to acquire a good command of Dutch within two years.
o    from taking up duty, for teaching, administrative and social purposes; the University will fund her/his Dutch training at the University’s Academic Language Center.
·    Experience with management and leadership functions and proven ability to inspire and unite in their leadership;
·    Flexible and dedicated to teamwork, as well as a proactive leader with excellent communication skills and the ability to unite, initiate and build communities;

Faculty of Humanities
A wealth of expertise in the fields of philosophy, (art) history, the arts, literature, film and cultural sciences, religious studies, linguistics and multidisciplinary area studies results in a unique Faculty of Humanities. Our global expertise, international focus and synergy of scientific approaches form windows to the world, opening up the many perspectives of a globalising world. In a century of large-scale levels of migration, intense and ever faster communication, cultural transformations and the politicising of culture and the rise of new (super) powers, the work and knowledge of the faculty’s staff is of vital importance to our society, both inside and outside of the Netherlands.
The Faculty of Humanities offers an inspiring and international work environment with room for diversity and growth for employees and students from the Netherlands and abroad. Our faculty is home to more than 8,000 students and 800 staff members. It offers a wide range of education, with students being able to choose from no less than 26 Bachelor’s and 27 Master’s degree programmes. The Faculty’s research is organised within seven institutes and contributes to six research dossiers for research at Leiden University. For more information see: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/humanities

The Faculty has seven Institutes, among which the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics ( https://www.lucl.nl  ). LUCL has a longstanding tradition in the study of the world’s languages and features unique linguistic expertise. It is our mission to study linguistic diversity from different perspectives. By combining current theoretical insights with modern experimental and digital methods, we build up a strong research profile area ‘Language Diversity in the World’. 

Terms and conditions 
We offer a full-time temporary appointment for initially a period of 18 months, convertible into a permanent position in case of satisfactory performance. If the successful candidate has already held a full professorship or if they have successfully completed a tenure track, they may be eligible for a permanent appointment.  The gross monthly salary will be between € 5.864,- and € 8.539,- commensurate with qualifications and experience. These amounts are based on a fulltime appointment and are in conformity with current salary scales (HL-2) under the collective employment agreement (CAO) for Dutch Universities.

An appointment at Leiden University includes pension build-up and other benefits, including an annual holiday premium of 8% and an end-of-year premium of 8.3%. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. For more information, see https://workingat.leiden.edu/  More information about the terms of employment can be found at: https://staff.leiden.edu 

After appointment, depending on experience and formal qualifications to date, the successful applicant will be required to enter a nationally standardized tertiary teaching skills certification trajectory (BKO or Basis Kwalificatie Onderwijs), successful completion of which is a condition for favorable assessment in work reviews.

Fostering an inclusive community is a central element of the values and vision of Leiden University. Leiden University is committed to becoming an inclusive community which enables all students and staff to feel valued and respected and to develop their full potential. Diversity in experiences and perspectives enriches our organisation. High quality teaching and research is inclusive.

Enquiries about the Chair can be made to Prof.dr. Lisa Cheng, Academic Director of LUCL, e-mail: WDlucl@hum.leidenuniv.nl. Enquiries about the procedure and conditions can be made to Maarit van Gammeren, Institute Manager, e-mail: m.s.k.van.gammeren@hum.leidenuniv.nl. 

Please submit your application no later than May 31 2022 via our e-recruitment portal in the form of a single PDF file that contains the following items in the following order:

·    Curriculum Vitae including a list of publications and research projects;
·    a cover letter stating your motivation (max. 1 A4);
·    an outline of your research plans and their fit within the LUCL research agenda (max. 2 A4);
·    an outline of your teaching vision and plans (max. 2 A4);
·    an outline of your vision on academic leadership and your role within the academic community (max. 1 A4); 
·    names of three references (please list these in your CV rather than entering them into the system).

The selection procedure includes a teaching session, a research presentation, as well as an interview. An external development assessment will be part of the procedure. 

Acquisition following this advertisement is not appreciated.

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