PhD Position in Ancient Greek Language, Literature, and Culture, and / or Ancient Philosophy

The Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS) invites applicants for a

PhD Position in Ancient Greek Language, Literature, and Culture, and / or Ancient Philosophy
Key responsibilities
The PhD candidate will work in the Classics Research Programme of the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS). The Leiden classicists form a lively research community, covering a range of expertise, and with extensive collaboration in the National Research School in Classical Studies, OIKOS.

Candidates may apply with an initial research proposal of their own. The research project should be concerned with a topic in Ancient Greek Language, Literature and Culture, and / or Ancient Philosophy.
Supervisor: Professor Ineke Sluiter (Leiden University); co-supervisor to be determined dependent on the topic. Please check the list of Leiden classicists at

Tasks of the PhD candidate will include:

  • Completion and defence of a PhD thesis within four years;
  • Participation in meetings of the project research group(s);
  • Presentations of intermediate research results at workshops and conferences;
  • Participation in the training programme of the local Graduate School and the National Research School in Classics (OIKOS);
  • Participation in staff meetings of the Leiden Classics team and the intellectual life of the department;
  • Some teaching in the second and third years of the appointment.

Selection criteria

  • A RMA, MA or MPhil degree in Classics, held by time of appointment, with an MA thesis of high quality with a grade of at least 8.0 on a ten-point scale, or comparable assessment;
  • Well-developed research skills, including the ability to formulate relevant and creative research questions and hypotheses, descriptive and analytical skills, and a clear and persuasive style of writing;
  • Excellent competence in ancient Greek and English, as well as reading competence in French, German and Italian;
  • Independent thinker, team player.

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. For more information

The Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS) is one of the seven Research Institutes of the Faculty of Humanities. LUCAS is dedicated to ground-breaking research that explores the multifaceted relationships between the arts and society. See for more information.

Terms and conditions
PhD project, 4 years (38 hrs per week), starting date 1 September 2019 or sooner. Initially the employee will receive a one-year contract, with extension for the following 36 months on condition of a positive evaluation. Salary range from €2,325 to €2,972 gross per month for a fulltime appointment depending on prior education and working experience (pay scale P, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement 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. 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

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

More information about this position may be obtained from Professor Ineke Sluiter, email, who can also refer candidates to other specialists / potential supervisors within the Classics Department.
Information about the selection procedure and about LUCAS can be obtained via Dr Ylva Klaassen,


  • Cover letter;
  • CV, including contact information of two referees;
  • Transcript of records;
  • Research proposal of 1500 words. This does not include the bibliography and (if appropriate) an appendix containing a list of sources (together max. two pages A4);
  • Copy of relevant diploma.

Interviews will take place on 15 May 2019. For candidates living abroad interviews may be held via Skype.

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