The Netherlands Institute for the Near East

Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten  -  Institut nĂ©erlandais du Proche-Orient

NINO Postdoctoral Fellow

Every year NINO opens one full-time postdoctoral position for the duration of two years (overlapping tenures). Each NINO Postdoctoral Fellow carries out original research at NINO, organises an international workshop on a related theme, publishes the proceedings in a NINO volume, and teaches a seminar for graduate students at OIKOS, the National Research School in Classical Studies in the Netherlands.


Candidates are recruited through an open call for application, alternating between the three core research areas of the NINO: Archaeology, Egyptology and Cuneiform Studies. In 2022, the call is open for researchers in the field of ancient Near Eastern archaeology, in 2023 for researchers in Egyptology, and in 2024 for researchers in the field of cuneiform studies. Successful candidates will have completed their PhD and possess a research CV commensurate to career stage.

A call is opened every year in February, starting from February 2019. The selected Postdoctoral Fellow will start his or her fellowship in September.

Conditions and regulations

Please refer to Leiden University’s terms and conditions, described in the vacancy posting.


The 2023 call for a NINO Postdoctoral Fellowship is closed. The next call will be opened in February 2024.

In 2023 we invited applications of researchers who work in the field of Egyptology. We yearly rotate fields of interest (Assyriology, archaeology, Egyptology).

Responsibilities in addition to own research

NINO Annual Postdoc Conference

The Annual Postdoc Conference is convened by NINO’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the end of the first year, or beginning of the second year, of his/her tenure. The topic of the international conference is relevant to the Postdoc Fellow’s own research, and academic research interests represented in the Netherlands (at NINO and elsewhere). Applicants to the fellowship will include a description of the workshop envisioned in their research proposal, including a list of invited speakers.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will collect the papers presented at the workshop in a volume to be published in one of NINO’s book series, after peer review. Funds are available for the organisation of the conference and for editorial support.

NINO-OIKOS (Res)MA Seminar

The yearly MA Seminar on “Methods and Concepts in ancient Near Eastern Studies” at OIKOS is taught by NINO’s Postdoctoral Fellow during the spring term, in the last quarter of his/her tenure. S/he will design a graduate course relating to his/her research theme. The topic should be suitable for students in Egyptology, Archaeology of the Near East and Assyriology, and may also be attended by students in Classics.