Full Professorship in Second Language Acquisition

Faculty of Humanities & ICLON-Leiden University Graduate School of Teaching, vacancy 14-161

The Faculty of Humanities and the Graduate School of Teaching at Leiden University invite applications for a fulltime full professorship in Second Language Acquisition. The appointment date is January 1, 2015, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Full Professorship in Second Language Acquisition (1.0 fte)
Vacancy number : 14-161

Specialization is open, but we are particularly interested in scholars whose areas of interest include the learning and teaching of foreign languages in secondary and tertiary education, the relation between first and second language acquisition, and multilingualism. Leiden University aims to employ more women in areas where they are underrepresented. Women are therefore especially invited to apply.

Our new colleague will hold a dual appointment in the Faculty of Humanities and the Graduate School of Teaching (ICLON). In Humanities, s/he will be a member of the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) and the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS). S/he will teach in various programs and courses as required.

The local environment includes excellent libraries, and is enhanced by the University’s key research area ‘Language Diversity in the World’, the ICLON’s teacher education program in foreign language pedagogy, and an academic setting where many languages are taught (modern languages include Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish), and research is carried out on many more. As such, there are great opportunities for collaborative and comparative work, in teaching & thesis supervision and research alike.


  • Original research and regular dissemination of the results through appropriate channels.
  • Teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels, supervision of BA and MA theses, and contributions to curriculum development.
  • Supervision of PhD research.
  • Acquisition of project funding (NWO, ERC, etc).
  • Administrative duties.
  • Working with ICLON networks of representatives of secondary schools in the Netherlands.
  • Representation of the field to external audiences and media.


  • A PhD degree in a relevant field.
  • A research and publication record that is commensurate with career stage.
  • Commitment to high-quality teaching practice, and wide teaching scope in terms of content.
  • Disciplinary expertise in linguistics, specialist knowledge of second language acquisition, and the ability to work from interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives.
  • An excellent command of English. Most MA programs at Leiden University are taught in English, and English may be used in BA teaching as well.
  • If the successful applicant is not Dutch-speaking, s/he is expected to acquire a good command of Dutch within two years from taking up duty, for administrative and social purposes. The University will fund her/his Dutch training at the University’s Academic Language Center.
  • Upon appointment, depending on experience and formal qualifications to date, the successful applicant may 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.

We offer

Appointment is initially for a period of five years from January 2015 through January 2019, and convertible into a permanent position thereafter on condition of good performance.
The gross monthly salary is € 5.003,- to € 7.285,- per month, commensurate with qualifications. This is based upon fulltime employment and in conformity with current salary scales under the collective labour agreement (CAO) of the Association of Universities in the Netherlands.

Employment at Leiden University includes pension rights and other benefits; these include an annual holiday premium of 8%, an end-of-year premium of 8.3% and paid parental leave of 62,5%. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.


Queries to the Dean of Humanities, Prof Wim van den Doel, at H.W.van.den.Doel@hum.leidenuniv.nl.


Applications should be in English, and be submitted to the Second Language Acquisition Search Committee with the items listed below included, in this order in *one* PDF document named ‘Family name – Given name – vacancynumber:

  • A CV including education and employment history, publications, and courses taught.

  • A letter of motivation including a personal vision of the place of second language acquisition in secondary and tertiary education.

  • A research agenda with clear potential for applications to funding bodies such as NWO and ERC (max 2 pages).

  • A teaching statement (1 page).

  • Two sample course descriptions.

  • Names, positions, and email addresses of three referees (no reference letters at this point).

Please submit your application (with the vacancy number mentioned in the letter of motivation and in the subject line of the e-mail) before August 24, 2014, to leerstoelen@hum.leidenuniv.nl. Campus interviews are tentatively planned for late September 2014.


Laatst Gewijzigd: 18-08-2014