Assistant Professor in Osteoarchaeology / Biological Anthropology

The Department of Archaeological Sciences of the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University has a vacancy for an

Assistant Professor in Osteoarchaeology / Biological Anthropology (1.0 fte)
Vacancy number 17-064

Key responsibilities

The successful candidate will be responsible for specific core undergraduate and graduate level courses with the opportunity to participate in developing and teaching new graduate programs at Leiden University. Core courses with laboratory training will include human osteology and paleopathology, in addition to courses in their area of specialization. He/she will contribute to the supervision of theses within the BA, MSc and PhD programs.

Apart from teaching, the assistant professor is required to establish an active research program with the goals of original research leading to peer-reviewed publications, successful acquisition of external funding and the dissemination of research results to the greater academic audience. The candidate is also required to participate in administrative responsibilities, commensurate with experience and level of appointment.

Selection criteria

•The department is seeking candidates who demonstrate excellence in teaching and research and whose research interests intersect both the natural and social sciences in understanding past human societies;
•PhD in Archaeology or Anthropology;
•Experience in teaching and research in osteoarchaeology;
•Clear interest in theoretical and methodological developments in human osteology, paleopathology, quantitative methods and statistics, and in one or more of the following fields: ancient diet, demography, provenance, genetics, or forensic anthropology;
•A successful track record in obtaining research funding from national and international grant agencies;
•Excellent command of English; If the applicant doesn’t speak Dutch, she/he will be expected to acquire a good command of Dutch for practical matters within two years from taking up duty;
•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 it within two years.

Our Faculty/Institute

The future of the past begins in Leiden. The Faculty of Archaeology is internationally leading for its research, home to a broad array of specializations and notable for the strong connection it fosters 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.

Terms and conditions

The position is available as of July 1, 2017. We offer a six year term position, with the possibility of renewal based on need, funding and performance. Salary range from € 3,427.- to € 5,330.- gross per month (scale 11 or 12 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). Salary scale depends on education and experience.

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. 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.


Enquiries about the Assistant Professor position in Osteoarchaeology can be made to dr. K. Lambers, email, Head of the Department of Archaeological Sciences.


To apply for this vacancy, please send no later than March 15, 2017 an email to the Departmental Secretary, Ms. Y. Haring at email Please ensure that you attach the following documents as a single PDF file quoting the vacancy number:
• A cover letter stating your motivation for this position;
• A cv and publication list;
• A PDF of your PhD dissertation;
• Two recent articles;
• Copies of your academic transcripts;
• 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 March 2017 , and selected candidates will be invited for an (skype) interview in the beginning of April 2017. You are kindly requested to be available in this period.