Lecturer in Celtic Insular Languages and Cultures

Utrecht University Department of Languages, Literature and Communication

Lecturer in Celtic Insular Languages and Cultures (0.7 FTE)

Job description

The Department of Languages, Literature and Communication at Utrecht University invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for a Lecturer ('docent') in Celtic Languages and Culture, starting September 1, 2023 (0,7 fte)⁠. Teaching will be primarily at Bachelor level, though some teaching at the Master’s level is also possible⁠.

The programme is centered around the literatures and linguistics of Medieval Irish and Medieval Welsh and has a strong focus on language⁠. Students are expected to learn both Old Irish and Middle Welsh to a high level, as well as familiarize themselves with at least one other relevant language (Modern Irish, Modern Welsh, Old English, Old Norse or Medieval Latin) at a more basic level⁠.

The successful candidate will be able to teach within the programme; no specific area of specialisation is required⁠. The exact range of courses to be taught will depend on the candidate’s interests and abilities and will be arranged in consultation with the permanent members of staff⁠. In addition, candidates may be invited to contribute to a small number of courses within the Insular track of the Research MA programme ‘Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies’⁠.

If desired and appropriate, the candidate can take part in a BKO (basis kwalificatie onderwijs – basic teaching qualification) course to obtain teaching certification at university level⁠.


  • We are looking for an enthusiastic lecturer who:
  • holds a doctoral degree in (medieval) Celtic studies or a closely related field;
  • has (some) experience in teaching in higher education;
  • is broadly deployable in the education programme of Celtic Languages and Culture;
  • is a team player⁠.


  • You will be offered a temporary position (0.7 FTE), initially for one year with an extension to a total of four years upon a successful assessment in the first year. The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience - ranges between €3,703 and €4,670 (scale 10/11 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year.

In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, professional development, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). For more information, please visit working at Utrecht University.

About the organization

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Also, everyone deserves to feel at home at our faculty. We therefore welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives, regardless of race, skin color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, origin, disability or age.

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Additional information

For more information about this position, please contact Aaron Griffith (Assistant Professor) via a.griffith@uu.nl.

Please note that international candidates that need a visa/work permit for the Netherlands require at least four months processing time after selection and acceptance. Our International Service Desk (ISD) can answer your questions about living in the Netherlands as international staff. Finding appropriate housing in or near Utrecht is your own responsibility, but the ISD may be able to advise you therewith. In case of general questions about working and living in The Netherlands, please consult the Dutch Mobility Portal.


Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives.

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