The new chair holder is expected to make a solid contribution to the teaching programmes in Brazilian Studies and in International Studies at both the bachelor and master levels within the field of modern history. In addition, the chair holder will supervise PhD theses on Modern Brazil, design academic projects and apply for external funding for these projects. She/he is also expected to undertake managerial duties for the Latin American Studies programme, for the Institute of History or for the Faculty of Humanities.
Applicants will be expected to possess:
- many years of postdoctoral experience and a well-established name within Brazilian Studies world-wide;
- a broad experience in fulfilling leading positions within academic organizations;
- a good record of academic publications on Brazil in international journals and publishers;
- an extensive academic network both in Brazil and among Brazil experts abroad;
- a profound and comprehensive knowledge of Brazilian history and development, with special emphasis on the contemporary situation;
- an active presence in key academic forums and at international conferences;
- a very good proficiency in Portuguese, Spanish and English. If the candidate comes from abroad, she/he must be prepared to learn the Dutch language within two years;
- a proven capacity to obtain external research funding;
- a potential to develop interdisciplinary research and teaching within the field of area studies in the Faculty of Humanities.
In recent years Leiden University has invested a considerable amount of resources in developing a limited number of ‘profile areas’, one of which is ‘Global Interactions of People, Cultures and Power’. The holder of the chair in Brazilian Studies is expected to make an important contribution to this ‘profile area’ by contributing expertise on Brazilian politics and social policies and on Brazil’s role as a player in global political and economic affairs.
If the successful candidate has already held a full professorship or if she/he has successfully completed a tenure track, she/he will be eligible for a permanent, fulltime appointment. In other cases the appointment will initially be for a period of five years, convertible into a permanent position in case of satisfactory performance.
For more information, please contact the dean of the Faculty of Humanities, prof. dr. H.W. van den Doel, e-mail email@example.com
Applications should be written in English include four sub-documents, in the following order:
- A letter explaining the applicant’s interest in the Chair of Modern Brazilian History, the abilities and achievements that qualify her/him for this position, and a short statement concerning her/his views on the development of Brazilian Studies as an area study;
- CV including education and employment history, publications, courses designed/taught (including assessments), grants and awards, and linguistic capabilities;
- Names, positions and email addresses of three academic experts in the field of Brazilian Studies who may be asked to provide references (no reference letters are required);
- A research plan for the next three years including a brief outline of at least one individual or team projects (2 pages max.).