University Lecturer early modern/modern history with special expertise in digital history/AI (0,8 fte)

Updated: 25 days ago
Deadline: 26 May 2024

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The Leiden University Institute for History invites applications for a

University Lecturer early modern/modern history with special expertise in digital history/AI (0,8 fte)

Starting date 1 August 2024

Job description
The Institute for History seeks to expand its academic staff by appointment of a university lecturer with teaching and research expertise in Digital Humanities and AI in the field of early modern and modern history. The lecturer will join the Dutch History section, but will teach in various components of the history BA and MA programmes

Key responsibilities:

  • Teach and supervise students in the BA and MA programmes in History dealing with early modern as well as modern history;
  • Strengthen the place of Digital History and AI in the History BA and MA curricula;
  • Develop research expertise on Digital History and AI;
  • Carry out research, resulting in publications relevant for one of the Leiden research specializations: ‘Medieval and Early Modern History: Europe in its Global Context’; ‘Colonial and Global History’, Politics, Culture and National Identities, 1789 to the Present’;
  • Use research experience to co-supervise doctoral research;
  • Communicate research results beyond academia;
  • Develop research projects; write national and international grant proposals;
  • Undertake administrative tasks, and play a role in the various teaching and examination committees;
  • Be present in Leiden throughout the academic year.

​​​​​​​Selection criteria:

  • You are a historian with a PhD, a good range of publications commensurate with your career stage and a strong record in Digital History and AI;
  • You are an experienced and inspiring academic teacher, with clear ideas on teaching methods, willing and able to teach across the early modern and modern period;
  • You have demonstrated advanced knowledge and designing/programming capabilities in Digital History and/or AI, and have successfully used this in teaching and research;
  • You have experience in obtaining research funding commensurate with career stage;
  • You are a scholar with a strong academic network and collaborations, notably in the field of Digital History and AI;
  • You have affinity with and capacity for teamwork and collegiality in an intercultural work environment;
  • You are willing to actively contribute to the setting of the Leiden Institute for History;
  • You have an excellent command of English as well as Dutch, and the ability to teach in these languages.

Upon appointment, depending on experience and formal qualifications to date, the lecturer is required to obtain a nationally standardized teaching skills certification (Basis Kwalificatie Onderwijs, or BKO). If the successful applicant does not already possess this qualification or its equivalent, s/he must be willing to obtain this Qualification within two years.

About our organisation
Since its founding in 1575, Leiden University  has acquired an international reputation for excellent teaching and research. With its staff of over 800, the Faculty of Humanities provides 26 Bachelors and 27 Masters programmes for over 7,200 students based at locations in Leiden’s historic city centre and in The Hague.

The Institute for History is the home of a vibrant community of researchers and lecturers with outstanding track records and successful in attracting national and international research grants. Under the label ‘Global Questions, Local Sources’ scholars affiliated to the Institute combine a deep knowledge of global interactions and of specific localities, regions and states in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. They use comparative, connective and entangled approaches and resort to qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.

All researchers of the Institute for History are connected to one of the six research specializations: The Unification of the Mediterranean World 400BC-400AD; Medieval and Early Modern History: Europe in its Global Context; Politics, Culture and National Identities 1789-Present; Colonial and Global History; Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence 1500-Now; History and International Studies 1900-Present. For more information on the Institute for History:

Diversity and Inclusion
Leiden University’s Institute for History embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized backgrounds to apply.

Terms and conditions
The appointment (0,8 fte) is in temporary employment for 18 months (1 August 2024 to 31 January 2026), with the prospect of a permanent position after positive evaluation. The position corresponds to the position of University Lecturer in the University system of job profiles (UFO). The salary is in accordance with the collective salary agreement of the Association of Dutch Universities (CAO) and depending on qualifications and experience. The gross monthly salary is € 3557 (scale 10-4) to € 6181 (scale 12) for a full working week. Leiden University also offers an annual holiday premium of 8% and an end-of-year premium of 8.3%.

Depending on qualifications, as specified by the Faculty of Humanities, particularly regarding teaching skills certification and the number of years of relevant work experience, the appointee may either start at the appropriate step in scale 10, 11 or 12.

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

For more information about this position, please contact Prof. dr. Henk te Velde ([email protected] ) or Prof dr. Michiel van Groesen ([email protected] ).

Applications in English or Dutch should be submitted via the blue button in our application system. Please quote the vacancy number in your application. All requested documents should be sent in the below order and in one PDF document named ‘FAMILY NAME/vacancy number’:

A CV including education and employment history, publications, language skills, invited talks and presentations, and courses taught;

  • A letter of motivation;
  • A research strategy connecting personal themes to the Leiden setting including Digital History and/or AI, and outlining plans for grant applications (max. 1000 words);
  • One sample syllabus for an advanced BA-level seminar of the applicant’s choosing, including relevant digital humanities components;
  • Names, positions, and contact details of two referees (letters are not requested at this stage);
  • Two recent course evaluations;
  • One key published article or book chapter.

The deadline for applications is 26 May 2024. Interviews and mock lectures (online or on campus) will be held in the last week of June. ​​​​​​​

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