Vacant position: Lectureship in Modern China Studies (38 hours a week)

Leiden, Netherlands
Deadline: 22nd Apr 2013

The Faculty of Humanities at Leiden University invites applications for a fulltime, fixed-term replacement lectureship in Modern China Studies. We seek a scholar with expertise in the politics of modern and contemporary China (including the political, administrative and legal system) in both domestic and international contexts, with special attention to East Asia. Teaching will include survey courses and seminars on topics of choice. The lecturer must have an excellent command of modern Chinese. Competence in other East Asian languages is an advantage. S/he must be open to interdisciplinary and inter-regional collaborative work. The appointment will be for the period from August 2013 through January 2016. Leiden University aims to employ more women in areas where they are underrepresented. Women are therefore especially invited to apply.

Since its founding in 1575, Leiden University has built an internationally recognized record of excellence in teaching and research.  Leiden University is a founding member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU).  Currently, the University has about 17,000 students and 4,000 staff.

The Faculty of Humanities consists of the Institutes for Area Studies, Creative & Performing Arts, Cultural Disciplines, History, Linguistics, Philosophy, and Religious Studies. It has approximately 4,500 students and 900 staff. Staff and students come from all over the world. The Faculty offers 30 BA programs and 45 MA programs. Its Graduate School has an annual output of approximately 50 PhDs.

The lecturer will hold a position in the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS). LIAS is committed to the integration of disciplinary and regional-historical perspectives, on a solid foundation of excellent language skills, and comprises a School of Asian Studies and a School of Middle-Eastern Studies. The lecturer will participate in collaborative work across the full breadth of Asian Studies, and contribute to growing collaboration with
Middle Eastern Studies. S/he will teach in the degree programmes of Chinese Studies, Asian Studies, International Studies, and other programmes and courses as required, including courses on issues, theories and methods in the study of politics, at undergraduate and graduate levels.

Current staff in Asian Studies have expertise in the fields of Anthropology, Archeology, Art & Visual Studies, Development Studies, Economics, Film Studies, History, International Relations, Language Pedagogy, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Material Culture Studies, Performance Studies, Philology, Religious Studies and Sociology. The local research environment includes an excellent library and is further enhanced by the Asian Modernities and Traditions (AMT) key research area, and by the local presence of the Leiden-based International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) and the Royal Netherlands Institute for Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV).


  •     Original research and regular dissemination of the results through appropriate channels.
  •     Teaching at undergraduate and graduate level, in lecture and seminar formats.
  •     Supervision of BA and MA theses.
  •     Contributions to curriculum development.
  •     Acquisition of project funding (NWO, ERC, etc).
  •     Administrative duties, commensurate with career stage.
  •     Representation of the field to external audiences and media.

As this is a replacement position, the acquisition of project funding will be encouraged but is not a hard requirement, and administrative duties will be limited in scope.


A PhD degree (candidates near completion of the degree will be considered) in a relevant field in the humanities or the social sciences, including but not limited to history, area studies, and political science and international relations.

  •     Research experience in situ.
  •     Publication record commensurate with career stage.
  •     Demonstrable commitment to high-quality teaching practice, and wide teaching scope in terms of content.
  •     Demonstrable expertise on the politics of contemporary China and preferably other East Asian countries.
  •     An excellent command of English. Most MA programs at Leiden University are taught in English, and English may be used in BA teaching as well.

We offer

The rank of lecturer (Universitair Docent) corresponds roughly to that of assistant professor in North-American terms. Salary range: from gross € 3227 to € 4418 per month (pay scale 11), commensurate with qualifications, with additional holiday and end-of-year bonuses. Depending on qualifications, the appointee may start at the appropriate step in scale 10 until s/he fully meets the requirements for scale 11 as specified by the Faculty of Humanities, particularly with regard to teaching skills certification and the number of years of relevant work experience. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

For inquiries please contact Frank Pieke (, cc to Maghiel van Crevel (

Review of applications will commence by 22 April 2013 and continue until the position is filled or this call is closed. Interviews are tentatively scheduled for May 2013.

Applications should be in English, and be submitted to the Modern China Studies Search Committee at , with the items listed below included in this order in *one* PDF document named ‘FAMILY NAME – Given name – 13-083’:

  •     A CV including education and employment history, publications, and courses taught.
  •     A letter of motivation including a vision of the study of the politics of modern and contemporary China, in both China-focused and comparative and disciplinary settings.
  •     A research agenda.
  •     A teaching statement (1 page).
  •     Two sample course descriptions.
  •     Names, positions and email addresses of three referees (no reference letters).

Acquisition following this advertisement is not appreciated


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