Postdoctoral Fellow in the Anthropology of Modern South Asia

Faculty of Humanities, Leiden Institute for Area Studies is looking for a

Postdoctoral Fellow in the Anthropology of Modern South Asia (0.5 fte)
Vacancy number 17-073

Key responsibilities

  • The Post-Doctoral Fellow will work in the context of the AMT-II project ‘Postcolonial Displacements: Migration, Narratives and Place-Making in South Asia’. This project wants to draw attention to the multiple ways in which displacement and migration – both internal and external – in South Asia contributes to the re/imagining, questioning, subverting and reframing of territories, nations and communities;
  • The Post-doctoral Fellow will be required to combine engagements with historical and anthropological perspectives on South Asia;
  • Teaching at the undergraduate level the BA2 and BA3 course ‘Displacement and Development: Anthropological Perspectives on South Asia’ (fall semester);
  • Publish at least one article in a peer reviewed academic journal of good standing;
  • Organise an international seminar/workshop at Leiden University on the theme of the project;
  • Together with the leaders of the project, write an application for external project funding that result in expansion of the research theme at Leiden University (such as NWO, H2020, ERC);
  • Contribute to the ‘visibility’ of the project, notably online, and represent the project to both external audiences and the media.

Selection criteria

  • Excellent research qualities, visible in a PhD degree (candidates near completion of the degree will be considered and are encouraged to apply), research experience in situ;
  • Commitment to high-quality teaching practice;
  • Formal training in the fields of South Asian studies and Anthropology;
  • Ability to work from transnational and generally comparative perspectives;
  • An excellent command of English: all classes taught will be in English.

Research at our Faculty/Institute

The Faculty of Humanities is rich in expertise in fields as philosophy, religious studies, history, art history, literature, linguistics and regional studies covering nearly every region of the world. Our faculty is home to more than 5400 students and 800 staff members. For more information, see

The lecturer will hold a position in the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies ( LIAS is comprised of a School of Asian Studies and a School of Middle-Eastern Studies, with international staff and student populations. 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.

Terms and conditions

We offer a part-time, for 19 hours per week, fixed-term position as a postdoctoral fellow from August 2017 through December 2018. Salary range, depending on education and work experience, from € 3,068.- to € 4,028.-(pay scale 10 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities) gross per month, based on a full-time appointment.

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. More at


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


Queries can be directed to mrs. dr. Sanjukta Sunderason, email, or mr. dr. Erik de Maaker, email


Applications must be received no later than 28 March 2017, with the interviews with shortlisted candidates scheduled for the end of April 2017 and the final decision expected to be made mid-May 2017.
Applications should be in English, and be submitted at Please ensure that you include in a single PDF document named ‘FAMILY NAME – Given name – vacancy number” and in this order:
• Covering letter;
• A cv;
• Sample course outline (with readings) for course: Displacement and Development: Anthropological Perspectives on South Asia;
• A writing sample (published/submitted).

Acquisition following this advertisement is not appreciated.

Laatst Gewijzigd: 06-03-2017