Leiden University

Lectureship in the Political Economy of Japan (1,0 fte)

2024-08-30 (Europe/Amsterdam)
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Vacancy number 14892

Job type Academic staff

Hours (in fte) 1,0

External/ internal External

Location Leiden

Placed on 11 June 2024

Closing date 30 August 2024 79 more days to apply

The Faculty of Humanities at Leiden University invites applications for lectureship (for 2,5 years fixed term) in the Political Economy of Japan.

We are seeking applications from scholars of Japan with a PhD in political economy, international relations, political science, development studies, or geography, with demonstrated teaching experience and research potential. The ideal candidate has experience in supervising BA and MA theses, an in-depth understanding of Contemporary Japan, and proficiency in the Japanese language. We have identified supervision and teaching needs in the political economy of Japan, as well as Japan’s integration within the regional and global political economy.

Selection Criteria

  • A doctorate in political economy, international relations, political science, development studies, or geography with a focus on contemporary Japan.
  • Experience in teaching undergraduate and graduate students, and supervising theses.
  • High level of proficiency in English and Japanese.
  • If the lecturer does not have the BKO Certificate (University Teaching Qualification) they are expected to complete the BKO track within two years from taking up duty.

Key responsibilities

  • Teaching BA- and MA-level courses related to political economy with a focus on Japan/East Asia, in the BA Japan Studies and MA Asian studies (Leiden), BA International Studies (The Hague), and MA International Relations (Leiden).
  • Supervising theses in Japan Studies, (East) Asian Studies and International Relations/Global Political Economy.
  • Contribution to the administrative work within the Japan Studies program and/or related programs in the Humanities.

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 based at locations in Leiden and in The Hague. For more information, see: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/humanities.

Leiden Institute for Area Studies (https://www.hum.leiden.edu/lias/) is comprised of a School of Asian Studies, a School of Middle-Eastern Studies, and a School of Religious Studies. The institute is committed to a present-day vision of Area Studies, integrating disciplinary and regional-historical perspectives on a solid foundation of excellent language skills. Current staff in LIAS have expertise in the fields of Anthropology, Archaeology, Art Studies, Buddhist Studies, Film Studies, History, International Relations, Language Pedagogy, Law, Linguistics, Literary Studies, Material Culture Studies, Performance Studies, Philology, Philosophy, Political Economy, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Visual Culture Studies.

Terms and conditions
We offer a fulltime, for 38 hours per week, fixed-term post from 1 January 2025 through July 2027.
Salary range, depending on education and work experience, from € 4.332 to € 5.929 (pay scale 11 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities) gross per month, based on a full-time appointment. The lecturer may start at the appropriate step in scale 10 until they fully meet the requirements for scale 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 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 https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/working-at/job-application-procedure-and-employment-conditions.

Diversity and inclusion

Diversity and inclusion are core values 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.

Queries can be directed to: Dr. Lindsay Black (l.black@hum.leidenuniv.nl).


Applications must be received by 30 August 2024. Applications should be in English and should be submitted via the blue button in our application system. Please ensure that you include in one single PDF document named 'FAMILY Name – Given Name – Vacancy Number', the following items, and in this order:

  1. Letter of motivation (max 1 page)
  2. A statement describing teaching and advising experience.
  3. Curriculum Vitae including education and employment history, publications, and courses taught.
  4. Names, positions and email addresses of three referees (no reference letters).

Informatie over de vacature

Lectureship in the Political Economy of Japan (1,0 fte)
Rapenburg 70 Leiden, Nederland
Uiterste sollicitatiedatum
2024-08-30 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam)
2024-08-30 23:59 (CET)
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