Full Professor of Medieval History

Leiden University, Faculty of Humanities, Institute for History is looking for a

Full Professor of Medieval History

Key responsibilities 
The Faculty of Humanities invites applications for a professorial chair in Medieval History, with a focus on the European Middle Ages (1000-1550). The position is to be taken up on August 1, 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. The Professor in European History will be appointed at Leiden’s Institute for History (LUIH). The work consists of:

  • Plays a leading role in (re)developing the research programme Europe 1000-1800: Collective Identities and Transnational Networks;
  • Uses her/his wide-ranging research experience to (co-)supervise doctoral research across the field of Medieval History;
  • Teaches students in the BA and MA programmes in History, and contributes to improvement and innovation of Medieval History in the BA and MA programmes. A tertiary teaching qualification (BKO or equivalent) is expected;
  • Develops ambitious research projects, writes national and international grant proposals, and support colleagues in developing theirs;
  • Has a management responsibility for the staff in the section of Medieval History, and plays an active and engaged role as supervisor in the section;
  • Is willing and able to undertake administrative, managerial and governance tasks in the Institute, the Faculty and the University;
  • Has an excellent command of English, as well as some other European languages. If the successful applicant is not Dutch-speaking, s/he is expected to acquire a good command of Dutch within two years, so as to be able to teach in the BA. The administrative language of Leiden University is Dutch;
  • Is willing and able to be present in Leiden throughout the academic year.

Selection criteria

  • A historian of international repute, with an excellent track record of research and publication regarding the late Medieval European History;
  • Promotion in the field of Medieval History;
  • Wide-ranging expertise in cultural, political or socio-political history. Preference may be given to applicants with (comparative) research experience in different European countries, and a global perspective;
  • An experienced, committed and inspiring academic teacher, with clear ideas on teaching methods and curriculum development;
  • A team player with a demonstrable interest and experience in academic leadership, administration and governance;
  • Experience and success in obtaining research funding, and in helping others to do so;
  • A scholar with an extensive international academic network and collaborations.

Our organisation
The Faculty of Humanities is a unique international centre for the advanced study of languages, cultures, arts, and societies worldwide, in their historical contexts from prehistory to the present.  Our faculty is home to more than 8,000 students and 800 staff members.

The Institute for History is one of the seven Research Institutes of the Faculty of Humanities, employing c. 190 members of staff who teach in a variety of programmes. The BA in History attracts around 270 new students every year, the MA and ResMA around 130; we have around 40 PhD candidates with full funding. Its central research mission is to study ‘Global questions’, through the study of ‘local sources’. The institute was ranked 20 in the 2019 QS World University Rankings in the last decade or so, our staff has been very successful in attracting new research funding and new students, and the Institute is growing fast.  It is proud of its reputation as a vibrant, international academic community, and its collaborative and friendly atmosphere.

The Institute’s academic staff collaborate in six research programmes – we would expect the chair to take a leading role in the research programme Europe 1000-1800: Collective Identities and Transnational Networks, and teach at MA level in the MA track of the same name. In the BA, the chair has responsibility especially for the track in Medieval History.

Terms and conditions
If the successful candidate has already held a full professorship or if she/he has successfully completed a tenure track, she/he may be eligible for a permanent, fulltime appointment. In other cases the appointment will initially be for a period of five years, convertible into a permanent position in case of satisfactory performance. Salary range from €5.582,- to  €8.127,- gross per month, commensurate with qualifications and experience. These amounts are based on a fulltime appointment and are in conformity with current salary scales under the Collective Employment Agreement (CAO) for Dutch Universities.

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.. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

If the successful applicant is not Dutch-speaking, s/he is expected to acquire a good command of Dutch within two years from taking up duty, for teaching, administrative and social purposes; the University will fund his/her Dutch training at the University’s Academic Language Center.

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.

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

For more information, please contact the Academic Director of the Institute for History, Manon van der Heijden, email m.p.c.van.der.heijden@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

Please submit your application no later than 15 March 2020 via the blue button in our application system. Applicants should submit the following in this order:

  • A CV including education and employment history, publications, courses taught and teaching evaluations;
  • A letter of motivation;
  • A research agenda with clear potential for applications to funding bodies such as NWO, ERC etc. (max 2 pages);
  • A teaching statement (1 page);
  • Two sample course descriptions;
  • A writing sample, representing recent work, of no more than 10.000 words;
  • Names, positions, and email addresses of three referees (no reference letters at this point).

A teaching presentation and an assessment may be part of the procedure.

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