Academic Job: Assistant Professor in Russian Language and Linguistics (Leiden University)

Deadline: April 24, 2016

The Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University Center for Linguistics has a vacancy from 1 August 2016 to 31 December 2019. We are looking for an Assistant Professor in Russian language and linguistics (0.8 fte). Vacancy number: 16-106

Key Responsibilities: 
  • Teaching and developing courses in Russian linguistics and Russian language acquisition in the department of Russian Studies
  • In the program of International Studies the Assistant Professor will also teach a general introduction to Linguistics, and half a course in the field of (Russian) socio-linguistics
  • Participation in developing the linguistics curriculum of LUCL, and implementation of innovative concepts for language teaching
  • Research in Russian linguistics and supervision of BA, MA and PhD theses. Candidates with a specialization in modern Russian linguistics are preferred
  • Acquisition of research grants at the national and international level
  • Managerial and organizational responsibilities in LUCL and the department of Russian Studies

Selection criteria: 
  • A PhD in (modern) Russian linguistics
  • Demonstrable commitment to high-quality teaching practice, and the ability to teach (modern) Russian linguistics and Russian language acquisition
  • An interest in and preferably experience with research-driven teaching
  • Proven didactic qualities (teaching evaluations)
  • Very good command of Russian
  • Excellent research qualities, and research experience in the study of (modern) Russian linguistics
  • Non-Dutch nationals are expected to fluently speak Dutch within two years after their appointment

The successful candidate will closely collaborate with other members of LUCL.
Upon appointment, depending on experience to date, the Assistant Professor may be required to enter a nationally standardized tertiary teaching skills certification trajectory (BKO or Basis Kwalificatie Onderwijs), successful completion of which is a condition for extension of contract and tenure.

Application Criteria: 
Candidates should submit *one* PHD document named ‘Family name – Given name – vacancy number (16-106)’. This PDF should include:
  • A motivation letter
  • A detailed curriculum vitae, listing education and employment history, publications, grants and awards, etc.
  • A teaching statement (a description of courses taught and teaching interest)
  • A research agenda with clear potential for grant applications to external funding agencies
  • Names, positions and contact information for three referees (no reference letters)
  • All documents must be submitted to

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 has approximately 6,000 students and 800 members of staff, who come from all over the world. The Faculty offers 30 BA programs and 45 MA programs. Its Graduate School has an annual output of approximately 50 PhDs. For more information, click here.
The Faculty has seven Institutes, among which the Leiden University Center for Linguistics. LUCL has a longstanding tradition in the world’s languages and features unique linguistic expertise. Current theoretical insights are combined with modern experimental methods in its research profile area ‘Language Diversity in the World’.

Terms and Conditions:
We offer a fixed-term position for 0.8 fte as Assistant Professor (Universitair Docent 2), for 3.5 years. The appointment will proceed in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO Nederlandse Universiteiten).
The salary level ranges from € 2,532.- tot € 4,654.- gross per month (salary scale 10-11), commensurate with qualifications.
Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %). Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.
Leiden University is committed to diversity, inclusiveness and equal opportunities.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Jos Schaeken, Professor of Russian Linguistics
Dr. Otto Boele, Head of Department of Russian Studies