Assistant Professor Archaeology of Early Farming Societies
University of Leiden - Department of World Archaeology of the faculty of Archaeology

Assistant Professor Archaeology of Early Farming Societies

Key responsibilities

For this position, we seek a generalist, an assistant professor who is able to teach general methodological/theoretical courses as well as more specific ones in both the BA and MA programmes of the faculty. The person will be collaborating closely and teach with the staff of the departments of Archaeological Sciences and Archaeological Heritage.

The successful candidate will undertake research on early farming societies of northwestern Europe, with links to both science and heritage and thereby contribute to the university research programme of "Resilient Societies" and the corresponding faculty research theme "Crafting Identities". We are specifically looking for a candidate with ideas on and strategies for linking archaeology to broader societal challenges.

Finally, the new assistant professor will be expected to contribute to the running of the faculty by participating in administrative and managerial tasks, commensurate with experience and level of appointment.

Selection criteria

  • The department is seeking candidates who demonstrate excellence in teaching and research and who have already made their mark in the archaeology of European prehistory;
  • The new colleague should be a team player with a collaborative, supportive and problem-solving attitude who is able to fit into and work in a multidisciplinary team. More specifically, we seek candidates with the following qualifications:
  • A PhD in the archaeology of prehistoric Europe and ideally two to four years of postdoctoral research experience in prehistoric archaeology;
  • A strong research portfolio and the ability to develop into a research leader in the field;
  • A successful track record in obtaining research funding and willing to prepare grant proposals for relevant funding schemes (e.g., ERC, Horizon Europe, NWO);
  • Demonstrable teaching experience and willingness to further professionalize teaching skills;
  • Excellent command of English. If the applicant does not speak Dutch, they will be expected to acquire a good command of Dutch, i.e. level B1, within two years of the start of the appointment;
  • The candidate is willing to contribute to the success of the Faculty of Archaeology and will take on administrative tasks.

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, they must be willing to obtain it within two years.

Our faculty

The future of the past begins at Leiden University. The faculty of Archaeology is internationally leading for its research, home to a broad array of specializations and notable for its strong connection between teaching and research. Home to over 500 students in the multidisciplinary world of archaeology, the faculty and its researchers from all areas of the archaeological field determine the future of archaeological research. More information about our university and our faculty can be found at: and  

Terms and conditions

We offer a 1.0 fte position for a six-year term. Based on performance criteria agreed upon at the start of the appointment, a decision will be made by the fifth year whether to offer the assistant professor a permanent faculty position. Salary range from € 3637,-  to € 4978,-  gross per month (scale 11 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). Salary scale depends on education, experience and level of appointment.

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. More at


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


For further information about the position of Assistant Professor, please contact  dr. David Fontijn, Professor Archaeology of Early Europe, email:, +31 71 5272426.


To apply for this vacancy, please send an email to the departmental secretary, Ms. Josephine Say, email:, no later than 14 September 2019. Please ensure that you attach the following documents as a single PDF file quoting the vacancy number:

  • A cover letter stating your motivation to apply for this position, your preference regarding the level of employment (0.8 or 1.0 fte), and your availability;
  • A curriculum vitae and publication list, ideally with a link to your profile page in Google Scholar / Academia or Research Gate;
  • A PDF of your PhD dissertation and two recent articles, ideally as links to freely accessible online publications;
  • Copies of your academic transcripts and relevant (degree) certificates;
  • An overview of courses previously taught in the field of European prehistory, along with a detailed syllabus of the most relevant course;
  • If available, the results of students’ evaluation of that course;
  • The names and contact addresses of three academic referees, of which at least one must not be the thesis supervisor or the current employer.

The selection procedure will take place in September, and selected candidates will be invited for a (Skype) interview end of September/early October. You are kindly requested to be available in this period.

The preferred starting date for the position is 1 November 2019.

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