Two Assistant professors in philosophy at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of philosophy Maastricht University 1.0fte 6-year tenure-track position

Two Assistant professors in philosophy at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of philosophy Maastricht University 1.0fte 6-year tenure-track position

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Job description

FASoS is seeking two assistant professors with demonstrated excellence in teaching and research in social philosophy, philosophy of culture, and/or philosophy of technology. For the first position, we seek a candidate with an demonstrable interest, and preferably expertise, in how – digital – technologies influence modern societies and cultures and interfere with globalisation processes. This candidate ideally has a general knowledge of Science and Technology Studies. For the second position, we seek a candidate who is expert on a topic relevant to modern global society, e.g. feminist philosophy, post-colonialism, environmental philosophy. Both candidates boast a firm grasp on the history of philosophy.

You will contribute to the teaching and coordination of courses and supervision of internships, projects and theses in the BA and MA programmes of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and in the BA programme of the Liberal Arts & Sciences in the Faculty Humanities and Science. The division of teaching and research duties follows the regular division used at the Faculty of 60% teaching and management and 40% research. The research time can be extended through external fundraising.

Your research will be located in the Research Institute for Arts and Social Sciences (see: The first assistant professor will partake in the interdisciplinary research programme Maastricht University Science, Technology and Society Studies (MUSTS); the second candidate will partake in the research program Arts, Media, and Culture. You are expected to attract external funding that is related to the faculty’s core research themes and set up international research projects.

Research is carried out within the context of the Research Institute for Arts and Social Sciences and, in particular, relating to the interdisciplinary research programme .  You are expected to develop (inter-)national research projects and to attract external funding that is related to the research programme’s themes.



Maastricht University (UM)


You have a PhD degree in (practical) philosophy with a focus on modern society, culture, and/or technology. After earning the PhD you have gained relevant work experience in an academic position at a university.

You are an experienced and enthusiastic teacher and have demonstrated ability in thesis supervision and teaching coordination roles. Experience with course development is an asset. You are able to stimulate student learning and to maximize student participation in our system of small-scale problem based learning (PBL). Experience with teaching in international classrooms is preferable.

You display outstanding quality in research and have experience with interdisciplinarity. You have a relevant international network and a track record or potential for grant acquisition. International peer-reviewed academic publications are imperative.

You are a team player, have an open, effective management style, and are ready to fulfil an administrative role in the faculty. 

Fluency in English is a prerequisite, while non-Dutch speaking applicants should be willing to learn Dutch (basic level).

Conditions of employment

Maastricht University provides an attractive, internationally-oriented academic environment where young people receive an advanced education and scholars conduct first-rate research.

Initially, candidates are employed on a temporary contract as assistant professor (level 2) and agree to specific development goals. Five years into the appointment, candidates will be evaluated and if the development goals have been met, promoted to assistant professor (level 1) on a permanent contract. The evaluation can be brought forward if criteria are met earlier. On the candidate’s request the evaluation can be deferred in case of special personal circumstances, such as pregnancy leave, parental leave or chronic illness.

The workload will be the normal workload for the position of assistant professor. Currently this implies 60% teaching – and 40% research activities.

Remuneration will be according to standard salary levels, depending on education and relevant work experience. This implies a minimum of € 3.637,-- and a maximum of € 4.978,-- gross per month for a full-time appointment of 38 hours per week (salary scale 11, Dutch Universities Conditions of Employment).

Each year the standard salary is supplemented with a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%.

The university’s relocation policy stipulates that the selected candidate needs to move to (the vicinity of) Maastricht. If not already living in Maastricht (or its direct surroundings), you will be eligible for an allowance for moving costs or an allowance for alternative housing.  

Other secondary conditions include e.g. a pension scheme and partially paid parental leave as well as a shared office space and a PC.   

The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Furthermore, local UM provisions also apply. For more information look at the website > Support > UM employees.

Starting date: Preferably 1 May 2020


Maastricht University

Maastricht University is renowned for its unique, innovative, problem-based learning system, which is characterized by a small-scale and student-oriented approach. Research at UM is characterized by a multidisciplinary and thematic approach, and is concentrated in research institutes and schools. Maastricht University has around 18,000 students and 4,300 employees. Reflecting the university's strong international profile, a fair amount of both students and staff are from abroad. The university hosts 6 faculties: Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Faculty of Law, School of Business and Economics, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience.


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