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University Lecturer in Korean Literature – Leiden University (LIAS) – Deadline for applications August 14th, 2022

The Faculty of Humanities, Leiden Institute for Area Studies (LIAS), is looking for a:

University Lecturer in Korean Literature (1,00 FTE)
Vacaturenummer: 22-392 11953 

Key responsibilities
Leiden University invites applications for a University Lecturer in Korean Literature, to begin no later than 1 January 2023. We are particularly interested in candidates with an expertise in premodern Korean literature, who are able to teach classical Chinese (Hanmun), classical Korean literature (written in hanmun and in classical Korean) as well as modern/contemporary Korean literature. We are searching for a candidate who has proficiency in literary studies in its widest sense, including philological methodologies, critical theory, cultural analysis, and comparative approaches, also in relation to future challenges in society. We welcome applicants whose research and teaching profile demonstrates sensitivity to historical, social, and cultural contexts related to their research themes. An excellent command of the relevant source languages (Classical Chinese, Korean, possibly also classical Korean) is required. Certainly in teaching and preferably in research, the successful candidate is expected to engage with the wider (East) Asian context and contribute to position the study of the Koreas in transnational and global configurations.

Your work will consist of:
•    Teaching at all undergraduate and graduate levels in the BA programs Korean Studies and International Studies, the MA programs Asian Studies and International Relations, and other programs and courses as appropriate; supervision of BA and MA theses;
•    Contributions to curriculum development. Original research and regular dissemination of the results through appropriate channels;
•    Administrative duties;
•    Securing external funding to support research and other activities;
•    Representation of the field to external audiences and media.

Selection Criteria
•    A PhD degree in Korean Studies or in a relevant discipline (e.g., literary (arts) studies, literary and cultural studies with a strong focus on Korea). 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;
•    Specialist and near-native knowledge of the language and history of the Korean peninsula;
•    An excellent command of English. The BA in International Studies and all MAs are offered in English, and English may be used in the BA Korean Studies as well;
•    If the successful applicant does not speak Dutch, s/he is expected to do a language training offered by the University Academic Language Centre; LIAS will make resources available to this end;
Upon appointment, depending on experience and formal qualifications to date, the successful applicant may be required to enter a nationally standardized tertiary teaching skills certification trajectory (UTQ or University Teaching Qualification).

Our organization
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 programs for over 7,000 students based at locations in Leiden and in The Hague. For more information:

Leiden Institute for Area Studies (  is comprised of a School of Asian Studies, a School of Middle-Eastern Studies and a Centre for the Study of Religion, 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 a 12 months fulltime position, to be taken up as soon as possible, but no later than 1 January 2023. Upon satisfactory performance the position will be converted into a permanent position.
Salary ranges from €3746.- to €5127.- gross per month (pay scale 11), in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Depending on qualifications, the appointee may start at the appropriate step in scale 10 until he/she 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.

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 program. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More at

Leiden University requires teaching staff to obtain the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ). If the successful applicant does not already possess this qualification or its equivalent, he/ she must be willing to obtain this Qualification within two years.

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 Professor Dr. Remco Breuker,

Please submit online your application no later than 14 August 2022 via the blue button in our application system.
Interviews with shortlisted candidates are scheduled for early September 2022. Applications should be in English, and please ensure that you include in a single PDF document named ‘FAMILY NAME – Given name – and in this order:
•    A CV including education and employment history, publications, courses taught, and languages + proficiency levels;
•    A letter of motivation;
•    A research agenda with clear potential for applications to funding bodies such as NWO and ERC (max 2 pages);
•    A teaching statement (max 1 page);
•    Two course descriptions (intro + outline of 12 two-hour weekly sessions) with clear relevance to the position profile;
•    Names, positions, and email addresses of three referees (no reference letters at this stage).