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University Lectureship in Korean Studies, Leiden University – Deadline October 17th, 2021

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

University Lectureship in Korean Studies (1,00 FTE)
Vacancy number 21-437 9561 

Project description

Leiden University invites applications for a University Lecturer in Korean studies to preferably begin 1 January 2022 but no later than 1 September 2022. We are particularly interested in candidates with an expertise in communication and media studies who study the social, cultural, political, or economic impact of social media. Thematic areas of specialization may include new media and communication technologies, digital culture, (cultural) production and consumption of (digital) media, multimodality, media and information literacies, or digital humanities. Also candidates who specialize in premodern Korea are encouraged to apply, although the ability to teach on the contemporary Koreas is expected. We welcome applicants whose research and teaching profile demonstrates sensitivity to historical, social and cultural contexts related to their research theme. An excellent command of the relevant source languages is expected. 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., communication studies, media studies, 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 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 the website of Humanities.

The Leiden Institute for Area Studies is comprised of a School of Asian Studies, a School of Middle-Eastern Studies and a School of Religious 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. For more information about the LIAS, see the website. 

Terms and conditions
We offer a 18 months fulltime position, from preferably 1 January 2022 through 30 June 2023, with the possibility of renewal based on need, funding and performance.
Salary range from €3,746.- to €5,127.- gross per month (pay scale 11), in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). The researcher 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 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. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. For more information, see the website.

Dual Career Programme
Leiden University offers a Dual Career Programme (DCP) to assist the life partners of new academic staff (on pay-roll) in finding employment in The Netherlands. The programme is offered in close cooperation with nearby universities of Delft and Rotterdam (Erasmus). Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break

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

Queries can be directed to Professor dr. Remco Breuker,

Please submit online your application no later than October 17th 2021 via the blue button in our application system.

Interviews with shortlisted candidates are scheduled for early  November 2021. Applications should be in English, and please ensure that you include in a single PDF document named ‘FAMILY NAME – Given name – vacancy number and in this order:

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