Assistant Professor in Practice and Theory of Design

Updated: 2 months ago
Deadline: 30 Oct 2023 - 22:59 (UTC)

26 Sep 2023
Job Information

Leiden University
Research Field

Language sciences
Researcher Profile

Leading Researcher (R4)
Established Researcher (R3)

Application Deadline

30 Oct 2023 - 22:59 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Not Applicable
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

The Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA) is looking for an Assistant Professor in Practice and Theory of Design. ACPA is one of the seven institutes of Leiden University's Faculty of Humanities, originates from a partnership with the University of the Arts The Hague, and was the first place in the Netherlands for artists to do a PhD.

Key responsibilities
The new Assistent Professor in Practice and Theory of Design will take on the following responsibilities commensurate with career stage:

  • providing stimulating supervision of ACPA PhD researchers in the PhDArts program;
  • being involved in BA, MA education and PhD programs in the field of design, design theory and research in design;
  • participating in the ACPA team, contributing to the development on the vision of research in design within ACPA.

Specific Requirements

Selection criteria
The candidate we are seeking:

  • has a PhD in design or a field relevant for this position;
  • has an overview of contemporary practices in design, preferably also from a historic perspective;
  • has experience with working with contemporary designers and artists;
  • has demonstrable experience in and knowledge of the field of higher arts and design education and academic education and research;
  • is abreast of the international discourse on artistic research and has well-developed views about artistic research that are consistent with those of ACPA;
  • has the skill to recognize the potential of research proposals that can lead to successful completion;
  • has good proficiency in English and preferable also the Dutch language


  • Non-Dutch-speaking candidates will be required to acquire proficiency in Dutch to level B1 within two years of taking up the appointment. The candidate must demonstrate sufficient progress toward attaining this level of Dutch acquisition by the time of the probationary review. The institute facilitates Dutch-language learning with reimbursement of costs and teaching relief for an approved training programme;
  • Upon appointment, if applicable and depending on experience and formal qualifications, the successful applicant is required to obtain a nationally recognised University Teaching Qualification (BKO); the candidate must demonstrate sufficient progress toward the attainment of the BKO by the time of probationary review;
  • At Leiden University the place of employment is Leiden and The Hague, so the candidate must have the intention to move to the Netherlands before the employment starts, and at the latest on the date the employment starts.

Additional Information

Terms and conditions
We offer a part-time (0,4 Fte or 0,5 Fte, 15-19 hours per week) post for the period of 18 months from 1 February 2024, or as soon as possible thereafter, with the possibility of a permanent contract conditional on performance and funding. Salary range, depending on training and experience, is from € 4.332,- to € 5.929,- (pay scale 11 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities) before tax per month, based on a full-time appointment.

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 offers some freedom to assemble a personalised set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. There is a Dual Career Programme for international spouses; for further details, see The Dual Career Programme (DCP) - Universiteit Leiden .

Diversity and inclusion
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 teaching and strengthens our research. High quality teaching and research is inclusive.
Within ACPA, we work to create a community in which diversity and inclusion are the guiding principles. We want the uniqueness of each individual to be recognized and therefore welcome applications from people who are currently underrepresented in our institute.

Selection process

Please submit online your application no later than 30 October 2023 via the blue button in our application system. Applicants should submit online:

  • Motivation letter;
  • CV including education and employment history, courses taught, publications;
  • Research plan with clear potential for applications to funding bodies such as NWO and ERC (max. 2 pages);
  • Statement of teaching (max. 2 pages);
  • Representative course descriptions and, if available, teaching evaluations;
  • Names and contact details of at least two academic referees (no reference letters at this stage).

Additional comments

Further information
Enquiries may be directed to prof. dr. Erik Viskil, academic director ACPA ( ) and/or prof. dr. Anke Haarmann, Director of PhDArts at ACPA ( ).

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Rapenburg 70
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2311 EZ

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