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Assistant Professor French Linguistics

Vacancy number
Academic staff
Internal , External
Publication date
1 February 2022
Closing date
28 February 2022 Vacancy closed

The Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL), is looking for a:

Assistant Professor French Linguistics

Leiden University is looking for an assistant professor to conduct research and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in French linguistics in Leiden.

The lecturer will hold a position within the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics and teach courses as needed in BA- and MA-programmes in Leiden (BA/MA French, BA Linguistics) and The Hague (Leiden University College, BA International Studies). Applications are invited from specialists of French linguistics, with preference given to theoretical linguists who work on topics related to French-based Creoles, varieties of French outside of France, or second language acquisition.

Key responsibilities

  • Developing, teaching, and co-ordinating courses on French linguistics and French language proficiency; the applicant should be able to teach introductory courses in all basic fields of linguistics (articulatory phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics), focusing on properties of French as well as on a comparison of French with Dutch and, to a lesser degree, other languages.
  • Supervising student internships, excursions, and BA and (Res)MA theses in French and English;
  • Playing an active role in recruiting students by contributing to open days, orientation and information sessions;
  • Fulfilling administrative duties within the programme, the LUCL institute and/or the Faculty of Humanities;
  • Conducting research based on an individual research plan within one of the research programmes of LUCL and presenting the results in the form of publications, conference presentations and other means to academic, professional/societal partners and wider audiences;
  • Acquiring project funding at national, European and international level;

Selection criteria

  • You hold a PhD degree in French linguistics;
  • You are aware of current issues and viewpoints within the field of theoretical linguistics and French linguistics;
  • You have a strong academic teaching record, both on BA and MA level, as demonstrated by teaching evaluations;
  • You are a committed and inspiring teacher, with an inclusive approach to education and the ability to engage a diverse community of BA and MA students;
  • You have a research profile that fits within LUCL and a proven track record of research, as demonstrated by a list of peer-reviewed publications commensurate with career stage;
  • You are a clear communicator and team player, enthusiastic to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries, in both teaching and research;
  • You possess preferably native proficiency in French and (near) native proficiency in the other languages of instruction, English and Dutch (applicants who do not speak Dutch are expected to reach the B1 level of the CEFR within the first year of their appointment).

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: 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. Current theoretical insights are combined with modern experimental methods in its research profile area ‘Language Diversity in the World’.

Terms and conditions

We offer an 0.8 fte temporary appointment of one year. This position may lead to a permanent appointment depending on good performance.  Salary ranges from € 3.821,-  to  5.230,- gross per month (pay scale 11) based on fulltime employment  in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Depending on qualifications, you may start at the appropriate step in scale 10 until you 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.The intended starting date is 1 August 2022.

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.universiteitleiden.nl/en/working-at/job-application-procedure-and-employment-conditions.

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.

Diversity and inclusion

We firmly believe that diversity together with inclusion is the key driving force for creativity and innovative ideas. We strive to create a working environment where everyone feels empowered to bring their full, authentic selves to work. 


Enquiries can be made to Prof. Jenny Doetjes, e-mail j.doetjes@hum.leidenuniv.nl. Prof. Jenny Doetjes holds the chair of French linguistics. For practical questions, please contact the Institute Manager, Maarit van Gammeren, e-mail m.s.k.van.gammeren@hum.leidenuniv.nl .


Please submit your application online no later than 28 February 2022 via the blue button in our application system. Your application should include:

  • A CV including education and employment history, publications, and courses taught; 
  • A letter of motivation outlining a research agenda in a field related to French linguistics (max 2 pages); 
  • Two sample course descriptions;
  • Names, positions, and email addresses of three referees (no reference letters at this point).

Interviews will be held in April. A research and a teaching presentation will be part of the procedure.

You are kindly requested to be available in this period.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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