Sanskrit (2ys) Position at Leiden University

Leiden University invites applications for a fulltime University Lectureship in Sanskrit and Ancient Cultures of South Asia. Research specialization is open. Teaching will include Sanskrit courses and courses on premodern cultures and literatures of South Asia.

This is a temporary replacement position, and appointment will be fixed-term from August 2014 through August 2016.


  • 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.
  • The ability to teach Sanskrit and premodern cultures and literatures of South Asia at all levels, and to engage productively with the position of philology in Area Studies.
  • An excellent command of English. Most MA programs at Leiden University are taught in English, and English may be used in BA teaching as well.
  • 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).

Terms of employment
The position of University Lecturer (Universitair Docent) is roughly equivalent to that of Assistant Professor in North-American terms. Salary range from gross € 3.259,- to € 4.462

Applications must be in by 5 May 2014.

They need to contain:

• A CV including education and employment history, publications, and courses taught.
• A letter of motivation including a personal vision of the field.
• A research agenda, preferably 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).

Leiden University aims to employ more women in areas where they are underrepresented. Women are therefore especially invited to apply.

The full call can be read here.

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