University Lectureship in the Economies of modern Southeast Asia

Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University Institute for Area Studies, vacancy 14-170

The Faculty of Humanities at Leiden University invites applications for a fulltime University Lectureship in the economies of modern Southeast Asia. We welcome applications by scholars specialized in economic history or political economy, whose work reflects sensitivity to historical and socio-cultural context, and the ability to position the economies of Southeast Asia in Asian and global configurations. While the position will be anchored in Southeast Asian Studies, teaching will also include an undergraduate comparative South & Southeast Asia course. Appointment will be fixed-term from January 2015 through December 2016, with the possibility of extensions of up to four years, and of a permanent position thereafter. Leiden University aims to employ more women in areas where they are underrepresented. Women are therefore especially invited to apply.

Un i versity Lectureship in the Economies of modern Southeast Asia
Vacancy number: 14-170

Since its founding in 1575, Leiden University has built an internationally recognized record of excellence in teaching and research.  Leiden University is a founding member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU). Currently, the University has about 17,000 students and 4,000 staff. The Faculty of Humanities consists of the Institutes for Area Studies, the Arts in Society, Creative & Performing Arts, History, Linguistics, Philosophy, and Religious Studies. It has about 4,500 students and 900 staff. Staff and students come from all over the world. The Faculty offers some 30 BA programs and 45 MA programs. Its Graduate School annually awards about 70 PhD degrees.

The Lecturer will hold a position in the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS). LIAS is committed to the integration of disciplinary and regional-historical perspectives, on a solid foundation of excellent language skills, and comprises a School of Asian Studies and a School of Middle-Eastern Studies. S/he will teach in the BA program in South & Southeast Asian Studies, the MA in Asian Studies, the BA program in International Studies, and other programs and courses as required, on undergraduate and graduate levels.

Current staff in Asian Studies have expertise in the fields of Anthropology, Archeology, Art & Visual Studies, Development Studies, Economics, Film Studies, Geography, History, International Relations, Language Pedagogy, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Material Culture Studies, Media Studies, Performance Studies, Philology, Philosophy, Political Studies, Religious Studies, and Sociology. The local research environment includes an excellent library, and is enhanced by the Leiden University Asian Modernities and Traditions key research area (AMT), the Modern East Asia Research Center (MEARC), the Kern Institute, the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), the Royal Netherlands Institute for Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV), and the National Museum of Ethnography (MV).

Duties & responsibilities

  • Original research and regular dissemination of the results through appropriate channels;
  • Teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels, supervision of BA and MA theses, and contributions to curriculum development;
  • Supervision of PhD research;
  • Acquisition of project funding (NWO, ERC, etc);
  • Administrative duties;
  • Representation of the field to external audiences and media.


  • A PhD degree in a relevant field. Candidates near completion of the degree will be considered.
  • A research and publication record that is commensurate with career stage.
  • Commitment to high-quality teaching practice, and wide teaching scope in terms of content.
  • Disciplinary expertise in a relevant field; specialist knowledge of the economies of Southeast Asia from the perspectives outlined above; the ability to work from interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives; specifically, the ability to teach an undergraduate comparative South / Southeast Asia course.
  • An excellent command of minimally one Southeast Asian language. Proficiency in other Asian languages is an advantage.
  • An excellent command of English. The BA and MA programs to which the lecturer will contribute are offered in English, and English may be used for contributions to other programs and courses as well.
  • If the successful applicant is not Dutch-speaking, s/he is expected to acquire a good command of Dutch for practical matters within two years from taking up duty. LIAS will fund her/his Dutch training at the University’s Academic Language Center.
  • Upon appointment, depending on experience and formal qualifications to date, the lecturer may be required to enter a nationally standardized tertiary teaching skills certification trajectory (BKO or Basis Kwalificatie Onderwijs), successful completion of which is a condition for extensions and tenure.

Terms of employment

The position of University Lecturer (Universitair Docent) is roughly equivalent to that of Assistant Professor in North-American terms. The appointment will be under the terms of the CAO (Collective Labour Agreement) of the Dutch Universities. Salary range from gross € 3.259,- to € 4.462,- per month (pay scale 11), commensurate with qualifications, with additional holiday and end-of-year bonuses. Depending on qualifications, the appointee may start at the appropriate step in scale 10 until s/he fully meets 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. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.


Applications must be received by 18 August 2014. Campus interviews are tentatively planned for late September or early October. Queries to Maghiel van Crevel (, with cc to David Henley ( Applications should be in English, and be submitted to the SEA economies Search Committee at, with the items listed below included in this order in *one* PDF document named ‘FAMILY NAME – Given name – 14-170’:

  • A CV including education and employment history, publications, and courses taught

  • A letter of motivation including a personal vision of Southeast Asian Studies and Asian Studies, and including reflection on the ability to teach on South Asia, minimally in comparative contexts on the undergraduate level

  • A research agenda with clear potential for applications to funding bodies such as NWO and ERC (max 2 pages)

  • A teaching statement (1 page)

  • Two sample course descriptions

  • Names, positions and email addresses of three referees (no reference letters).

Laatst Gewijzigd: 05-06-2014