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Full Professor in Modern Russian Studies, Leiden University

The Leiden University Faculty of Humanities invites applications for a

FULL PRO FES SOR SHIP in Modern Russia Studies .
vacancy number: 10-043

This chair will be installed for a period of five years, with the intention of converting this to a structural position once its success has been proven.

The successful candidate will be able to bring to the Faculty’s research and teaching his or her internationally recognised expertise on contemporary Russian society, in particular the country’s internal political system and its external political relations with former Soviet states, the European Union and other world powers. As this position is an integral part of the Faculty of Humanities, it is assumed that this field of expertise can be researched and taught using primary Russian-language sources.

The successful candidate will have broad knowledge of modern Russian society in a multidisciplinary scholarly perspective, combining tradition and modernity and expressly including Russia’s conduct in the international arena. The holder of this chair is able to propagate this field of expertise in the form of excellent research and teaching for international academics and students who specialise in the field of Russian studies. He or she will also have the necessary competences to communicate broader knowledge of modern Russian society (contemporary historic, socio-economic and constitutional developments) independent of language, within broader teaching programmes, specifically in the field of (comparative) regional studies.

The successful candidate should have the ability to play an active part in the University’s research profile area on the ‘Global interaction of people, culture and power through the ages.’ Specialist knowledge of Russian in a broader Eurasian perspective will be an advantage.

The successful candidate will be a team player within the Faculty community, in particular within the Institute for History and the different regional studies, and should be able and willing to make a contribution to knowledge transfer on Russia based on direct access to primary sources for the  benefit of the societal and political debate in the Netherlands.

The successful candidate will, in terms of content and structure, be prepared and able to further develop the initiative taken in 2008 for a joint international MA programme in Russian Studies with the Catholic University of Leuven (specialisation in East European Studies within the MA programme on Comparative and International Politics, Faculty of Social Sciences) and, the administrative/management context permitting, to expand the initiative into a joint degree programme. In a future phase, the holder of the chair will also be required to involve the European University in Saint Petersburg (EUSP) in the programme. With effect from 2010, EUSP is the new partner institution that offers the compulsory semester abroad for Leiden BA students of Russian Studies and Slavic Languages and Cultures. The successful candidate should therefore be capable of setting up an international Leiden-Leuven-Petersburg study programme of 90 EC.


Candidates will  be expected to give a trial lecture as part of the interview procedure. A management assessment may be a part of the procedure.

Gross salary range: from € 4904 to € 7142 per month, depending on qualifications. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

Review of applications will commence from 1 April 2010 and continue until the position is filled. Leiden University aims to employ more women in areas where they are underrepresented. Women are therefore especially invited to apply.

Applications should be accompanied by a curriculum vitae, a list of publications and courses taught, an outline of planned research (individual and/or team projects), and the names and contact details of three referees. They should be addressed to the Dean of Humanities, and cite reference no 10-043 on both letter and envelope (for regular mail) / subject line (for email). The Dean may also be contacted for inquiries and for recommending potential candidates.

Prof.dr. H.W. van den Doel
Dean of the faculty of Humanities
P.O. Box 9515
2300 RA Leiden
The Netherlands
+31 71 527 1628
faculteitsbestuur@hum.leidenuniv.nl

publicatiedatum: 22-2-2010

For more information, please visit: http://www.vacatures.leidenuniv.nl/

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