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Postdoctoral Researcher in Ancient Near Eastern Studies

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    Leiden University
    Language sciences
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    31/03/2021 23:59 - Europe/Brussels
    Netherlands › Leiden


The Netherlands Institute for the Near East (NINO) is pleased to offer a two-year postdoctoral fellowship hosted at Leiden University. This initiative is designed to foster early-career researchers specializing in the study of the ancient Near East. The fellowship comes with full-time employment at the Faculty of Humanities at Leiden University and with access to facilities at NINO (office space, computer, libraries and collections). The fellow is expected to reside in or near Leiden during the time of appointment and to participate in the intellectual life of the Institute (in as far as the COVID-19 situation so permits). All applicants, but especially those with interdisciplinary research profiles beyond the Humanities, are encouraged to seek additional affiliation to relevant researchers or research groups in the Netherlands (Leiden or elsewhere).

The fellowship is aimed at candidates of any nationality who completed their doctorate (PhD) within the last four years and who have proven their potential to conduct and publish research at an international level. This year, we invite applications of researchers who work in the field of cuneiform studies in its broadest sense, including all time periods (4thmillennium – 1st millennium) and regions (Anatolia, Iran, the Levant and Mesopotamia). We also welcome applications of interdisciplinary scholars who engage with cuneiform studies.

During the fellowship, the successful candidate will work on their own research. They will design and teach a graduate course on “Methods and Concepts in ancient Near Eastern Studies”, which is offered at a national level to advanced students from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds, including Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology and History, Assyriology, Classics, Egyptology, Hittitology and Coptic Studies. In their second year, the fellow will convene an international academic conference on a topic relevant to their own research, taking into consideration the research interests represented at the NINO and/or other institutes and universities in The Netherlands. A conference budget of € 10,000 is at their disposal. The proceedings of this conference will be published after peer-review in one of NINO’s book series.

Key responsibilities

  • Conduct original research on a topic relating to cuneiform studies;
  • Teach a graduate seminar on methods and concepts in ancient Near Eastern Studies;
  • Organize an international conference on a topic relevant to their own research;
  • Disseminate the results of their research to (non-)academic parties through appropriate channels.

More Information


We offer a fixed-term position from September 2021 through August 2023. Salary range from € 3,746.- to € 5,127.- gross per month (pay scale 11), in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

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 programme. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. For more information, see the website.

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

Selection process

Please submit online your application no later than 31 March, 2021 via the blue button in our application system. Interviews will be held online in April or May. Applicants should be in English and submit online in a single PDF document named 'FAMILY NAME - Given name - vacancynumber'

  • A CV including education, employment history and publications;
  • A letter of motivation;
  • A research proposal (c. 1000 words);
  • A conference proposal including an abstract, a list of envisaged speakers, and a budget table explaining the expenditure of max. € 10,000 (c. 750 words);
  • One sample publication or other piece of written work;
  • Names, positions and email addresses of two referees (no reference letters).

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

Additional comments

Enquiries can be made to the chair of the search committee, Willemijn Waal, email w.waal@hum.leidenuniv.nl. Information about NINO can be found at the website.

Web site for additional job details

Offer Requirements

Specific Requirements

  • A PhD degree in a relevant field of study, completed between January 2017 and February 2021;
  • A research and publication record that is commensurate with career stage;
  • Commitment to high-quality research, publication, and dissemination;
  • Excellent communication and organization skills;
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Leiden University
2311 BD
Cleveringaplaats 1

EURAXESS offer ID: 603442
Posting organisation offer ID: 297764


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