PhD in ancient Greek, Universiteit Leiden

PhD in ancient Greek (1.0 fte; vacancy number: 16-210)

Universiteit Leiden

Application deadline: 14th September 2016

Project description

The PhD candidate will work within the research program directed by Academy Professor Ineke Sluiter and will be funded by the NWO Spinoza prize and the Prize Academy Professors. The candidate will be appointed at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS).

Candidates may apply with an initial proposal of their own, preferably fitting into or contributing to one of the areas indicated below:

  1. Cognitive approaches to Greek literature, preferably drama;
  2. Anchoring Innovation;
  3. The psychology of the ancient world, esp. the value attached to non-human life forms;
  4. Ancient ideas about language or the ancient commentary tradition.

Key responsibilities

  • Writing a PhD thesis;
  • Presenting papers at conferences, both in the Netherlands and internationally;
  • Publishing at least one paper in a peer-reviewed journal;
  • Some teaching in the second and third years of the appointment;
  • Organising and participating in reading and discussion groups, seminars, workshops, teaching events and masterclasses (as appropriate) within the research group, the Classics Department, LUCAS, and particularly OIKOS, the national research school in classical studies.

Selection criteria

  • A ResMA or MA degree in Classics, with an MA thesis of high quality with a grade of at least 8.0 on a ten-point scale, or comparable assessment;
  • Well-developed research skills, including the ability to formulate relevant and creative research questions and hypotheses, descriptive and analytical skills, and a clear and persuasive style of writing;
  • Excellent competence in ancient Greek and English, as well as reading competence in French, German and Italian;
  • Independent thinker and team player;
  • Finishing the proposed PhD research within 4 years;
  • The PhD research should result in a doctor’s degree from the Faculty of the Humanities of Leiden University under the supervision of Professor Ineke Sluiter (LUCAS).

About our organisation

The Faculty of Humanities hosts a wealth of expertise in a number of fields including philosophy, history, art history, literature, linguistics, and area studies, covering practically the entire world. The Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS) is one of seven research institutes within the Faculty of Humanities. LUCAS focuses on the study of art, literature and culture through various media. The Department of Classics is a vibrant community of (international) students and faculty, dedicated to the study of the ancient world with a clear sense of the relevance of this work to our present society and plays a key role in OIKOS.

Terms and conditions

The successful applicant will be appointed initially for a period of 12 months, with the preferred starting date of 15 November 2016. If capabilities and compatibility are then evaluated positively and progress is satisfactory, the appointment will be extended by 3 years. The appointment must lead to the completion of a PhD thesis. Appointment will be under the terms of the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) of Dutch Universities.

The gross monthly salary is set at € 2,174.- in the first year, increasing to € 2,779.- gross per month in year four. This is based on full-time employment and in conformity with current salary scales under the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) of Dutch Universities.

An appointment at the Leiden University includes a contributory pension scheme and other benefits such as 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 concession.


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


For more information, please contact Professor Ineke Sluiter, e-mail: For information about LUCAS, see here. For information about Classics, see here and here.


Please submit your application letter in English (indicating the vacancy number) including your curriculum vitae up to and including September 14, 2016 to You are also requested to ask two scholars familiar with your work to send reference letters to the same addresses. We may contact these referents directly if we need additional information.

Please add to your application the following appendices:

  • Your MA thesis;
  • Copies of relevant course assessments;
  • Your MA degree certificate;
  • Other relevant documentation such as certificates of relevant language courses.

Please be aware that the procedure may include Skype interviews in addition to a final interview in Leiden; interviews are scheduled to take place on October 4th 2016.


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