PhD candidate / Junior Lecturer Philosophy, Politics and Economics

PhD candidate / Junior Lecturer Philosophy, Politics and Economics

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Do you have an MA in Philosophy or related? Would you like to combine teaching and research in a challenging interdisciplinary context? Please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU).

Job description

Since its founding in 2016, John Stuart Mill College of VU Amsterdam offers an international bachelor programme in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE). The PPE programme ( is a joint initiative of three faculties of VU Amsterdam. We are seeking candidates for a PhD candidate/junior lecturer. You teach seminars within the College, play an active role in the PPE community, and conduct research that results in a PhD dissertation. The position involves 50% teaching and 50% research time. Your focus is on philosophy, with the interdisciplinary scope that is characteristic for PPE. Besides, as a PhD candidate at VU, you are an employee with full employment benefits.

Your duties
  • you support senior teaching staff by leading small group seminars
  • you play an active role in the John Stuart Mill College's social and intellectual life
  • you are involved in student supervision
  • you complete a PhD dissertation in philosophy on a topic that falls within the interdisciplinary scope of PPE


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)


  • a completed (research) master degree in either philosophy or an interdisciplinary programme combining PPE disciplines. Philosophy was the core focus of your master's thesis
  • excellent research and writing skills
  • excellent command of the English language
  • you can work in an interdisciplinary and multicultural environment
  • you can work in a team as well as independently
  • you are willing to actively contribute to the community life of the John Stuart Mill College

Conditions of employment

We offer an exciting opportunity to contribute to an ambitious and international bachelor programme with highly motivated students and to conduct your own research project at a renowned research university. You will receive appropriate training, personal supervision, and guidance for both your research and teaching tasks, providing an excellent start to an academic career.

The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel and amounts € 2.443 (PhD) per month during the first year and increases to € 3,111 (PhD) per month during the fourth year, based on a full-time employment. The job profile is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for 1 FTE.

The initial appointment will be for 1 year. If the evaluation is satisfactory, the contract will be extended for 3 years in the first instance and then for another 2 years. The total contract duration will be 6 years. The starting date will be preferably be September 1, 2022.

Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavor - from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 30,000 students. We employ over 5,500 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam's Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

Faculty of Humanities
The Faculty of Humanities links a number of fields of study: Language, Literature and Communication, Art & Culture, History, Antiquities and Philosophy. Our teaching and research focus on current societal and scientific themes: from artificial intelligence to visual culture, from urbanization to the history of slavery, from 'fake news' in journalism to communication in organizations. We strive to ensure small group sizes. Innovative education and interdisciplinary research are our hallmarks.

Working at the Faculty of Humanities means making a real contribution to the quality of leading education and research in an inspiring and personal work and study climate. We employ more than 350 staff members, and we are home to around 2,000 students.


  • Assistant professor
  • Doctorate
  • 11715


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

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