CfA: Full professor of Chinese History (1.0 FTE, 38 hours a week)


The Faculty of Humanities at Leiden University and the Leiden Institute for Area Studies are seeking to fill the Leiden Chair of Chinese History. This professorship is located in the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS). Previous holders of the chair are Erik Zürcher, Kristofer Schipper, Barend ter Haar and Hilde De Weerdt. We are seeking a scholar of the highest international calibre who is eager to contribute to the development of Chinese history in research, teaching, and outreach. Research specialization is open in terms of historical period, thematics, and approaches, but the candidate will be expected to be able to teach across the vast field of Chinese imperial history and to work with students and PhD candidates with diverse interests. Current expertise in Chinese history in Leiden extends to art and material culture, philosophy, and political history, with special strengths in earlier Chinese history (from the Warring States to the Song dynasty).

Key responsibilities
• Original research and regular dissemination of the results through channels of recognized quality;
• Teaching courses in Chinese History and classical Chinese in the BA China Studies and in the BA International Studies;
• Teaching advanced historical courses in the MA Asian Studies and the Research MA Asian Studies;
• Acquisition of external project funding;
• Supervision of PhD research;
• Active contributions to curriculum development;
• Senior administrative duties at programme and institute levels;
• Further developing exchange and collaborative work with the Leiden University Institute of History, across Asian studies (further comprised of Japan Studies, Korean Studies, South Asian and Southeast Asian Studies), and with the Asian Library and its special collections;
• Representation of the field to external audiences and media.
• A PhD degree in Chinese History;
• A strong research and publication record;
• Excellent knowledge of classical Chinese and a good working knowledge of Mandarin;
• A clearly articulated vision for the future of Chinese History as an academic field;
• Concrete ideas for research funding applications for larger (team) projects and evidence of the ability to secure funding;
• Leadership qualities;
• Commitment to team-work;
• An excellent command of English.
If the successful applicant is not proficient in Dutch, they are expected to acquire a good command of Dutch within two years. The University will fund their Dutch training at the University’s Academic Language Center.

 Our organisation

Faculty of Humanities
A wealth of expertise in the fields of philosophy, history, art history, the arts, literature, film and cultural studies, religious studies, linguistics and multidisciplinary area studies results in a unique Faculty of Humanities. Our global expertise, international focus and synergy of scientific approaches form windows to the world, opening up the many perspectives of a globalizing world. In a century of large-scale levels of migration, intense and ever faster communication, cultural transformations and the politicizing of culture and the rise of new (super) powers, the work and knowledge of the Faculty’s staff is of vital importance to our society, both inside and outside of the Netherlands.
The Faculty of Humanities offers an inspiring and international work environment with room for diversity and growth for employees and students from the Netherlands and abroad. Our faculty is home to more than 8,000 students and 900 staff members. It offers a wide range of education, with students being able to choose from no less than 26 Bachelor’s and 27 Master’s degree programmes. The Faculty’s research is organized within seven institutes and contributes to six research dossiers for research at Leiden University. For more information see:
The Leiden Institute for Area Studies (  is comprised of a School of Asian Studies, a School of Middle-Eastern Studies and a School of Religious 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, Digital Ethnography, Media Studies, Performance Studies, Philology, Philosophy, Political Economy, Political Science, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Visual Culture.

China studies at the LIAS is a large vibrant community of scholars devoted to researching and teaching the full breadth of Chinese culture, history, language, and society. The section is divided over three groups: Modern China; Chinese History; Chinese Language and Literature. The professor will be expected to lead the Chinese History group and expand its activities. Research is supported by the outstanding collections of the Asian Library of Leiden University, with notable Chinese holdings also in the special collections of the University Library, and with dedicated curatorial and library staff. 

Terms and conditions 
We offer a full-time temporary appointment for initially a period of 18 months, convertible into a permanent position in case of satisfactory performance. If the successful candidate has already held a full professorship or if they have successfully completed a tenure track, they may be eligible for a permanent appointment.  The gross monthly salary will be between € 6.099,- and € 8.881,- commensurate with qualifications and experience. These amounts are based on a fulltime appointment and are in conformity with current salary scales (HL-2) under the collective employment agreement (CAO) for Dutch Universities.
An appointment at Leiden University includes pension build-up and other benefits, including an annual holiday premium of 8% and an end-of-year premium of 8.3%. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. For more information, see More information about the terms of employment can be found at:
After appointment, depending on experience and formal qualifications to date, the successful applicant will 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 favorable assessment in work reviews.
Diversity and inclusion
Fostering an inclusive community is a central element of the values and vision 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. Albert de Jong, academic director of the LIAS, at 

Please submit online your application no later than January 23, 2023 via the blue button in our application system.
Applications should be in English. Please ensure that you include the following documents in a single PDF document named ‘FAMILY NAME – Given name – vacancy number and in this order: 
• A letter of motivation including your vision of the study of Chinese History, its future, and its relations to other fields;
• A CV including education and employment history, publications, and courses taught to date and planned;
• A research agenda with clear potential for applications to funding bodies such as NWO and ERC (max. 2 pages);
• A teaching statement (1 page);
• A course description (intro + outline of 12 two-hour weekly sessions) on a topic of choice in Chinese History, aimed at second-year BA Chinese Studies students;
• A course description (intro + outline of 12 two-hour weekly sessions) on a topic of choice in Chinese History, aimed at MA-students Asian Studies (not all of whom will be China specialists).
The selection procedure includes a teaching session, a research presentation, as well as an interview. An external development assessment will be part of the procedure.The interviews with shortlisted candidates are tentatively scheduled for February/March 2023.
Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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