University Lecturer in Modern Latin American History

The lecturer will hold a position in the Institute for History. In this institute he/she will join the history section of Latin American Studies and the Bachelor International Studies. The Bachelor programme in Latin American Studies is taught in Dutch and Spanish, while the courses at the Master level are taught in Spanish and English. The tasks consist of:
  • Teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels in the BA, MA and ResMa programmes in Latin American Studies and at the Bachelor International Studies. Supervision of BA and MA theses;
  • Teaching duties may include courses on Latin American foreign relations, Latin American politics from a regional dimension, and developmental issues, among other topics;
  • Research, applying for funding, and publishing through appropriate academic channels;
  • Administrative duties at academic committees both within the Latin American Studies programme and at the faculty level;
  • Representation of the field to external audiences and in public media.


  • A PhD degree in Latin American studies focused on relevant contemporary issues;
  • Specialist knowledge of contemporary Latin American history, politics and society, with a demonstrable expertise on the field of current public policies in Latin America;
  • Excellent knowledge of present-day theories and academic interpretations of the main socio-economic, political and developmental issues in Latin America from both national and regional perspectives;
  • The ability to work from interdisciplinary perspective (including history, culture and social sciences) is a must;
  • Research experience in Latin America;
  • A research and publication record that is commensurate with career stage;
  • A very good academic teaching record, including formal teaching evaluations and wide thematic teaching scope;
  • An excellent command of English and Spanish;
  • If the lecturer does not speak Dutch, s/he will be required to acquire sufficient proficiency in Dutch within two years from taking up duty;
  • 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);
  • Demonstrable experience in administrative duties at academic committees within university structures is recommendable;
  • Due to the current composition of our team, our preference goes for a female colleague.

Conditions of employment

The appointment (0.8 FTE) is a temporary employment from 1 February 2021 to 1 August 2023, with no possibility for extension. The rank of lecturer corresponds roughly to that of assistant professor in North-American terms. depending on qualifications and experience, the gross monthly salary is € 2.790,- to € 5.127,- (scale 10 to 11 in accordance with the collective salary agreement of the Association of Dutch Universities) for a full working week. Depending on qualifications, the appointee may start at the appropriate step in scale 10 until he/she fully meets the requirements for scales 11 as specified by the Faculty of Humanities, particularly with regard to teaching skills certification and the number of years of relevant work experience.

Leiden University also offers an annual holiday premium of 8% and an end-of-year premium of 8,3%. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. We encourage all staff to learn Dutch and offer access to language classes.

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


Leiden University
Since its founding in 1575, Leiden University has acquired an international reputation for excellent teaching and research. In this era of globalization, humanities are more important than ever. Migration, integration, trade and technology are blurring the borders between countries and cultures. To be able to cooperate and live together, it is crucial that we understand each other. Humanities offer the insights we need to do this. Research and education range from languages, cultures, area studies to history, philosophy, arts and religious studies. We are driven by passion and curiosity about the world around us. With its staff of 800, the faculty provides 25 Bachelors and 28 Masters programmes for over 7.200 students based at locations in Leiden’s historic city centre and in modern buildings in The Hague. For more information, see the website of Humanities.

Additional information

Further information for this position can be obtained from Professor Patricio Silva, email


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