2 PhD positions in Buddhist Studies

Jonathan Silk kauzeya at GMAIL.COM
Thu Sep 13 10:22:58 UTC 2012

dear Friends,

May I ask you to draw the attention of your students and colleagues (and
their students) to the opportunity explained below, namely, two fully
funded PhD positions in Buddhist Studies, area open. I can be contacted for
more information, but applications should not be sent directly to me.
Thank you so very much, in advance, for spreading the word!

Jonathan Silk
PS: sorry if the formating might have become a little wonky....

*Leiden University, Faculty of Humanities*

* *

*PhD Position in Buddhist Studies*

*Vacancy number: 12-213*

The Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS) invites
applications for two fulltime PhD positions in the field of Buddhist
Studies, specialization open, to begin 1 January 2013, or thereafter. **

Since its foundation in 1575, Leiden University has built an
internationally recognised record of excellence in teaching and
research. Currently,
the University has around 17,000 students and 4,000 staff from around the
world. The Faculty of Humanities consists of the Institutes for Area
Studies, Creative & Performing Arts, Cultural Disciplines, History,
Linguistics, Philosophy, and Religious Studies. The Graduate School has an
annual output of about 50 PhDs.

The Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (
http://www.hum.leiden.edu/lias/), which comprises the Schools of Asian
Studies and Middle Eastern Studies, is committed to the integration of
disciplinary and regional-historical perspectives, and has as its aim the
advancement of teaching and research of Area Studies at Leiden University
and in the wider academic community. Area specializations in Asian Studies
include Chinese, Japanese, Korean, South- & Southeast Asian, and Tibetan

*Position description*

We seek PhD candidates with excellent qualifications in any area within
Buddhist Studies.

*Expectations for PhD candidates:*

   - ·       The writing of a PhD dissertation;
      - ·       Participation in local research meetings and PhD courses;
         - ·       Presenting papers at international conferences;
            - ·       Publishing research results in the form of (an)
               - ·       Teaching (typically in the second and third years
               of the appointment) in relevant programs, both in Buddhist
               Studies broadly and in the candidate's area of specialization .

                - ·       A (Research) MA degree in Buddhist Studies or in
                  a related field with a strong Buddhist Studies
component; exceptionally
                  qualified students with a BA are also encouraged to apply;
                     - ·       Knowledge of the relevant language(s);
                        - ·       Excellent skills in English.

                        *Conditions of employment*

                        The appointment as a PhD student will be for a
                        period of four years (initially for a period
of one year with an extension
                        of three years after positive evaluation of
progress and skills
                        development) leading to the successful
completion of a PhD thesis. The
                        appointment will be under the terms of the CAO
(Collective Labour
                        Agreement) of Dutch Universities.

                        The gross monthly salary is set on € 2042 in the
                        first year, increasing to € 2612 gross per
month in the final year. An
                        appointment at the University of Leiden
entitles participation in a pension
                        scheme and other benefits such as an annual
holiday premium of 8 % and an
                        end-of-year bonus of 8.3 %. Candidates from
outside the Netherlands may be
                        eligible for a substantial tax break.


                        PhD candidates please send your application (in
                        English), including:

                        ·       A cover letter stating your motivation for
                        this position, and proposed project;

                        ·       A CV;

                        ·       Copies of your academic transcripts;

                        ·       An English writing sample;

                        ·       The names and contact addresses of two
                        academic referees (ideally one of these should
be from your (MA) thesis

                        Review of applications will commence by 15 October
                        2012 and continue until the position is filled or
                        this call is closed. For more information
about the position please
                        contact Prof. dr. J.A Silk, tel. +31-71-527-2510, email
                        *j.a.silk at hum.leidenuniv.nl*. Please note that *
                        applications* should not be sent directly to Prof.

                        Please *send your application* electronically,
                        indicating the vacancy number to:
                        vacatureslias at hum.leidenuniv.nl . All application
                        materials should preferably be submitted in *a
                        single PDF document* called “Family Name-Given
                        Name-12-213.” A telephone (or Skype) interview
may be part of the selection

J. Silk
Instituut Kern / Universiteit Leiden
Leiden University Institute for Area Studies, LIAS
Johan Huizinga Building, Room 1.37
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
The Netherlands

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