Postdoctoral Fellow in Buddhist Studies/Digital Humanities

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

Postdoctoral Fellow in Buddhist Studies/Digital Humanities (1.0 FTE)
Vacancy number 17-317

Project description

Leiden University is hiring a postdoctoral fellow in Buddhist Studies/Digital Humanities to join the ERC-funded Open Philology project The Open Philology project is described in detail in a document which can be found at

Key responsibilities

  • The postdoctoral fellow will be responsible for developing the underlying back-end architecture on which the project will operate;
  • You will also develop the features of the project responsible for data analysis;
  • The postdoctoral fellow will work closely with other members of the team to create the framework for the Open Philology Project, but you will have the flexibility to develop a stack of your choosing (with input from the PI and faculty at Leiden University);
  • 50% of your time will be dedicated at the technical requirements of the project. The other 50% will be used to conduct your own research within the project’s framework.

Selection criteria

  • PhD in the Humanities, Computational Linguistics, or Computer Science;
  • Programming Experience (php or similar for back-end development, Python, Haskell, R, or similar for linguistic/data analytics);
  • Experience in Database Design/Data structures (LAMP stacks, Elastic Stacks, or similar back-end architectures);
  • Experience with Natural Language Processing, Corpus Linguistics, or Digital Humanities;
  • Familiarity with Buddhist Studies;
  • Knowledge of Chinese or Tibetan is preferred but not required.

Our Faculty/Institute

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’s historic city centre and in modern buildings in The Hague. For more information

The Postdoctoral Fellow 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.

Current staff in LIAS has 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 fixed-term post from 1 January 2018 through 31 December 2019, with the possibility of an extension for 2 years. Salary range, depending on education and work experience, from €3,475 to €5,405 (pay scale 11 or 12 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 Jonathan Silk, email or Paul Vierthaler, email


Applications must be received no later than 15 September 2017. Applications should be in English, and be submitted Please ensure that you include in a single PDF file named ‘FAMILY NAME – Given name – vacancy number and in this order:
• An academic CV;
• A two-page letter of interest. Please carefully read the project proposal found at, and in your letter of interest include a discussion of how you would approach the project. This may be the most important part of your application;
• Contact information for two references.

Acquisition following this advertisement is not appreciated.

Laatst Gewijzigd: 21-07-2017