Assistant Professor in Japanese linguistics

 The Faculty of Humanities is looking for a:

Assistant Professor in Japanese linguistics (1,00 FTE)
Vacancy number: 22-426 11965 

The Faculty of Humanities at Leiden University invites applications for a lectureship / a university lecturer / an assistant professor in Japanese Linguistics. We are seeking applications from scholars of linguistics with demonstrated teaching experience and research potential. The ideal candidate has experience in supervising BA and MA theses, an in-depth understanding of Japanese linguistics, and proficiency in the Japanese language.

Key responsibilities
•    Teaching and developing relevant courses for the BA Japan Studies, MA Asian Studies, the BA and MA programs in Linguistics, and possibly other programs such as International Studies or the Leiden University College;
•    Supervising BA and MA theses;
•    Conducting research in the field of Japanese linguistics including regular dissemination of results through appropriate channels;
•    Securing external funding for research;
•    Contributing to administrative work within the Japan Studies program and/or organizational activities of the Institute.
We are looking for a promising scholar to join our team by bringing in expertise in the study of Japanese Linguistics. We particularly encourage scholars working in the area of sociolinguistics to apply.  

Selection criteria
•    PhD in Japanese Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Descriptive linguistics, Theoretical linguistics or other relevant field;
•    In-depth knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods and techniques;
•    Experience with research-driven teaching;
•    Proven didactic qualities (teaching evaluations);
•    A promising research agenda informed by national and international funding priorities;
•    Ability to work in diverse work place;
•    An excellent command of Japanese and English. If the applicant is not Dutch-speaking, s/he is expected to acquire a good command of Dutch within two years of taking up duty. 

Our organisation
Since its founding in 1575, Leiden University has built an internationally recognized record of excellence in teaching and research. The Faculty of Humanities is an international center for the study of languages, cultures, arts, and societies worldwide, in their historical contexts from prehistory to the present. We take culture broadly to include religions, philosophies, and worldviews as well as literature art, and technology. In research and teaching, we focus on Dynamics of Diversity, meaning the mobility of people, language, culture, ideas, art, and institutions in a globalizing world, and their interconnectivity through the ages. The Faculty is home to well over 6000 students and 900 academics. It offers some 30 BA programs and 45 MA programs. The Graduate School annually awards about 70 PhD degrees.

The lecturer will hold a joint position in the Leiden Institute for Area Studies (LIAS) and the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL). LUCL has a longstanding tradition in the study of 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’.

LIAS is comprised of a School of Asian Studies and a School of Middle Eastern 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 have 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.

Terms and conditions
We offer a 1.0 FTE temporary appointment of one year. After one year this position may lead to a permanent appointment depending on good performance evaluations. Salary ranges from € 3,974.- to € 5,439.- gross per month (pay scale 11) based on fulltime employment in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Depending on qualifications, you may start at the appropriate step in scale 10 until you 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. The intended starting date is 1 January 2023.

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses(8.3 %) and 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

Leiden University requires teaching staff to obtain the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ). If the successful applicant does not already possess this qualification or its equivalent, he/ she must be willing to obtain this Qualification within two years.

Diversity and inclusion
Diversity and inclusion are core values of Leiden University.

Leiden University is committed to becoming an inclusive community which enables all students and staff to feel valued and respected and to develop their full potential. Diversity in experiences and perspectives enriches our teaching and strengthens our research. High quality teaching and research is inclusive.

Enquiries can be made to Prof. Lisa Cheng, the Academic Director of the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics, e-mail  and Dr. Keiko Yoshioka in Japan Studies, email

Please submit your application online no later than 4 September 2022 via the blue button in our application system. Your application should include:
1.    Letter of motivation (max 1 page).
2.    A statement describing teaching and advising experience.
3.    A statement describing research focus and trajectory, including current and potential funding applications.
4.    Curriculum Vitae including education and employment history, publications, and courses taught.
5.    Names, positions and email addresses of three referees (no reference letters).

Interviews will be held in the first two weeks of September 2022. A teaching and research presentation will be part of the procedure.
You are kindly requested to be available in this period.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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