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Assistant Professor in Anthropology, Global Sociology – Leiden University, Netherlands, 2022

Leiden University, LEI, The Netherlands

The institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology of Leiden University invites applicants for the position of Assistant Professor in Global Sociology, in the Netherlands, 2022

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General Info

Position: Assistant Professor
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Joining Date: June 01, 2022
Contract Period: 1 Year 6 Months
Salary: 3.807 to 5.922 Euro/Month

Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology (CADS)
Leiden University
Leiden University, LEI
Leiden, The Netherlands

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Qualification Details

  • You hold a Ph.D. in Anthropology, Sociology or a relevant neighboring discipline, have a thorough knowledge of ethnographic methods and research interests that complement the current expertise at our Institute;
  • You are an innovative and inspiring teacher who knows how to engage a diverse community of graduate and undergraduate students with an inclusive approach to teaching, and can contribute to the decolonisation of our curriculum;
  • You have a promising publication record, notably international peer-reviewed publications and/or (forthcoming) monographs, films or other multimodal formats;
  • You have experience in acquiring external research funds, and are willing and able to attract international and national research grants (such as the Netherlands Research Council (NWO) VENI and VIDI funding schemes or the ERC Starting Grant scheme);
  • You are inventive, communicative and know how to collaborate with students and colleagues from a diversity of backgrounds, and have networking skills that enable you to tap in and reach out to a network of diverse social partners;
  • You are willing and able to meet the requirements for a Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO) within two years if you do not already possess a Dutch University Teaching Qualification;
  • If you do not speak Dutch, the institute will cover the costs and will provide time to follow language courses so you will be able to master a relevant level of linguistic competence (NT2) within a period of two year.

Considering the current composition of our staff, and our commitment to diversity, we expressly encourage people from groups presently underrepresented at our institute to apply.

Responsibilities/Job Description

  • You will teach courses at Bachelor and Masters level, in the field of diversity or sustainability, area studies and or ethnographic fieldwork methods;
  • You will supervise B.Sc. and M.Sc. theses;
  • You will contribute to our academic output within the scope of the CADS research program, with research in possibly (but not restricted to) the field of migration, gender, labor, citizenship, minority rights, grassroots and green movements or alternative ways of organizing, in Asia, Europe or a combination thereof;
  • You may supervise junior research (for example Ph.D. candidates) within the scope of our research program;
  • You are able to acquire significant external research funds within the scope of the CADS research program, particularly in the fields of diversity and sustainability.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: 22-010 10525

Application Procedure

Selected candidates will be invited for an interview and job talk consisting of a presentation for the CADS team. The interviews are scheduled on 16 March 2022. You are kindly requested to be available in this period.

Applications should include:

  • a cover letter, consisting of a one-page statement of interest indicating the names of your two referees. Referees will be contacted directly by the search committee.
  • a CV with a list of your publications
  • a one-page research statement covering your current and future research plans
  • two articles or papers, plus other possible formats you have been working on
  • a one-page diversity statement in which you explain, based on your own experiences, how you aim for an inclusive teaching environment which benefits all students. You are encouraged to include sample syllabi and teaching evaluations.

About the Project

Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology (CADS) at Leiden University studies the everyday practices of individuals, groups, and communities worldwide, to situate them within complex global challenges. Our CADS research program Global Vulnerabilities and Social Resilience focusses on three areas of research: Sustainability, Diversity, and Digitalization. At CADS we propagate a signature methodology consisting of a unique mix of qualitative, quantitative, digital and visual methods grounded in ethnographic fieldwork. We do this research along both disciplinary and interdisciplinary lines, together with our academic and preferred societal partners.

The CADS-teaching program is home to a vibrant student community consisting of over 30 nationalities. Diversity is key to who we are and what we do; in creating an inclusive learning environment where a diversity of experiences, perspectives and positionalities is fully supported, in our own research and in appointing research and teaching staff.

We intend to strengthen our research and education in two of our specializations, diversity and sustainability, and seek to complement our team with an assistant professor in either one or a combination of these fields.

About the Department

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences conducts high-quality research and offers a broad and disciplinary educational programme, focused on increasing our understanding of current developments in society. The faculty consists of five institutes: Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Cultural Anthropology and Developmental Sociology, Education and Child Studies, Political Science and Psychology. The faculty has approximately 7,000 students and 950 staff members. For more information, please visit the website

Information about the Institute for Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology can be found at Our research program Global vulnerabilities and social resilience addresses ‘Diversity’, ‘Sustainability’ and ‘Digitalization’ as intersecting areas of critical investigation. These three themes articulate the urgent connection between economy, politics and ecology, and run as a red thread through multiple projects in the institute, firmly emplaced in a signature methodology that combines qualitative, quantitative, digital and visual methods. The institute’s scientific staff work on economic and political anthropology, global sociology, the anthropology and sociology of environmental issues, citizenship and diversity, in Asia, Europe and the Middle East, Africa, Oceania and the Americas.

About the Employer: Leiden University, LEI

Note or Other details

We offer a temporary position for 18 months starting 1 June 2022. A permanent appointment may be possible after the temporary term depending on performance and available budget. Conditions of good performance, consistent with the selection criteria, are set at the beginning of the contract. The gross salary depends on qualifications and experience, and ranges between € 3.807 and € 5.922 per month for a full-time appointment (salary scale 11/12, Dutch Universities Conditions of Employment).Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development. 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 programme. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More at

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Contact details

Additional information about this position can be obtained from the Institute’s Scientific Director, Prof. Bart Barendregt

If you have any enquires about the procedure, please contact the Institute Manager, Ilse Prins at

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