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Job Opportunity 15_01_23 @ ACPA - Assistant Professor in Practice & Theory of Design

The Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA) is looking for an Assistant Professor in Practice and Theory of Design (0,4 FTE). You can submit online your application until 15th of January 2023.


The Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA) is looking for a University Lecturer in Practice and Theory of Design. ACPA is one of the seven institutes of Leiden University's Faculty of Humanities, and originated from a partnership with the University of the Arts The Hague. Three of ACPA's professors also fulfil a role as Lector at the two faculties of the University of the Arts: the Royal Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Art.

Key responsibilities

The new University Lecturer in Practice and Theory of Design will take on the following responsibilities commensurate with career stage:

  • providing stimulating supervision of ACPA PhD researchers in the PhDArts program comprising designers and theoreticians;
  • being involved in BA, MA education and PhD programs in the field of design, design theory and research in design;
  • participating in the ACPA team, contributing to the development on the vision of research in design within ACPA.

Selection criteria

The candidate we are seeking:

  • has a PhD in design or a field relevant for this position;
  • has an overview of contemporary practices in design in a historic perspective;
  • has experience with working with contemporary designers;
  • has demonstrable experience in and knowledge of the field of higher arts and design education and academic education and research;
  • is abreast of the international discourse on artistic research and has well-developed views about artistic research that are consistent with those of ACPA;
  • has the skill to recognize the potential of research proposals that can lead to successful completion;
  • holds a clear and recognizable position in the design world;
  • has good proficiency in English and preferable also the Dutch language.


  • Non-Dutch-speaking candidates will be required to acquire proficiency in Dutch to level B1 within two years of taking up the appointment. The candidate must demonstrate sufficient progress toward attaining this level of Dutch acquisition by the time of the probationary review. The institute facilitates Dutch-language learning with reimbursement of costs and teaching relief for an approved training programme;
  • Upon appointment, depending on experience and formal qualifications, the successful applicant is required to obtain a nationally recognised University Teaching Qualification (BKO); the candidate must demonstrate sufficient progress toward the attainment of the BKO by the time of probationary review;
  • At Leiden University the place of employment is Leiden/The Hague, so the candidate must have the intention to move to the Netherlands before the employment starts, and at the latest on the date the employment starts.

Our Faculty/Institute

The Faculty of Humanities has a wealth of expertise in fields of philosophy, history, art history, the arts, literature, linguistics, religious studies, and area studies of virtually the entiry world. The Faculty offers staff and students from the Netherlands and abroad an inspiring international working environment and opportunities for diversity and innovation. The research at the Faculty is organised within seven institutes More detailed information can be found on the website of the Faculty of Humanities.

ACPA is a research institute of the Faculty of Humanities at Leiden University and embodies the collaboration between Leiden University and the University of the Arts The Hague (the Royal Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Art). In addition to research in and through the arts, ACPA offers academic education for art students in The Hague and art education for students at Leiden University. Furthermore, the institute organizes cultural events where art and academia meet. More information about ACPA can be found on its website.

Terms and conditions

We offer a part-time (0.4 FTE, 16 hours per week) post for the period of 18 months from 1 February 2023, or as soon as possible thereafter, with the possibility of a permanent contract conditional on performance and funding. Salary range, depending on training and experience, is from € 3.974,- to € 5.439,- (pay scale 11 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities) before tax per month, based on a full-time appointment.

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 offers some freedom to assemble a personalised set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. There is a Dual Career Programme for international spouses; for further details, see this link.

Diversity and inclusion

Fostering an inclusive community is a central element of the values and vision of Leiden University. Leiden University is committed to becoming an inclusive community which enables all students and staff to feel valued and respected and to develop their full potential. Diversity in experiences and perspectives enriches our teaching and strengthens our research. High quality teaching and research is inclusive.

Within ACPA, we work to create a community in which diversity and inclusion are the guiding principles. We want the uniqueness of each individual to be recognized and therefore welcome applications from people who are currently underrepresented in our institute.

Further information

Enquiries may be directed to prof.dr. Erik Viskil, academic director ACPA, and/or prof.dr. Anke Haarmann, Director of PhDArts at ACPA.


Please submit online your application no later than 15 January 2023 via this link. Applicants should submit online:

  • Motivation letter;
  • CV including education and employment history, courses taught, publications;
  • Research plan with clear potential for applications to funding bodies such as NWO and ERC (max. 2 pages);
  • Statement of teaching (max. 2 pages);
  • Representative course descriptions and, if available, teaching evaluations;
  • Names and contact details of at least two academic referees (no reference letters at this stage).