Lecturer in the History of Early Modern Philosophy (0.2 fte, 12 months)

Lecturer in the History of Early Modern Philosophy (0.2 fte, 12 months)

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ESPhil’s educational programmes offer a broad range of philosophy courses, including courses with a historical focus at both Bachelor and Master levels. The focus of history courses at ESPhil lies on the early modern period. For the spring period of the academic year 2022-2023, ESPhil is looking for a temporary lecturer in two English language courses in the first and third year of the Bachelor programmes Philosophy and Philosophy of a Specific Discipline.

Job description

Your primary responsibility will be to offer the following two courses:

  • High Enlightenment II, Bachelor 1, block 3B (half March to half April 2023)
  • History of Political Thought, Bachelor 3, block 4A (end of April to end of May 2023)

Both courses are open to Fulltime and Parttime Philosophy students as well as students in the Philosophy of a Specific Discipline (Second Degree) Ba-program for students in other programs at Erasmus University. This means the Ba 1 course High Enlightenment II is bound to attract as many as 200+ students, whilst the Ba 3 course is expected to attract between 30 to 40 students. In the Ba 1 course, support will be offered by tutors from ESPhil’s Tutor Academy for staffing tutorials as well as for the grading process.

The Ba 1 course High Enlightenment II is a course mainly devoted to the work and impact of the philosophy of Immanuel Kant. The Ba 3 course History of Political Thought is a course previously given by several lecturers on a variety of figures and ideas in ancient and (early-)modern political philosophy but may be newly developed by the lecturer in consultation with the other colleagues in the history of philosophy.

ESPhil plans to restructure its Ba programs towards a more thematically inspired course design beyond 2023.

You will also be asked to act as an advisor on several BA and MA theses.


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)


We are looking for an enthusiastic and accurate junior lecturer with a background in philosophy and/or the history of ideas, who is knowledgeable in Latin and French, has a professional command of English and a demonstrable interest in the theme. A finished PhD dissertation on a related subject in early modern philosophy or the history of science will serve as a recommendation.

In return, we offer a first-rate scholarly research environment in the academic setting of Erasmus School of Philosophy.

Further job requirements:

  • Excellent active command of English (C1 level at least)
  • Independent work ethic and accuracy
  • Scientific integrity
  • Presentation skills
  • Planning, organising and monitoring skills
  • Teaching experience (BKO recommended)

The contract period will start on 1 September 2022 and last until August 2023. In consultation with the ESPhil Programme Management Team and Exam Committee, a balanced package of further educational, administrative, and grading tasks may be required of the candidate during the contract period.

We value diversity and believe that a diversity of talents contributes to our vision and strategy to excel as a university on research and education. ESPhil is an equal opportunities employer and encourages applications from candidates of all genders, ethnicities, and nationalities. Given the current composition of the ESPhil academic staff and priorities relating to staff diversity, the School especially encourages candidates from an ethnic minority, candidates with an international background and female candidates to apply.

Conditions of employment

The appointment concerns a temporary Lecturer for 12 months. This position comes with good employment conditions, compliant with the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO NU).

We offer a stimulating and dynamic interdisciplinary research environment, with attractive benefits in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU). In accordance with the conditions applied at Erasmus University Rotterdam as indicated in the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO NU) of the Dutch universities, the salary is dependent on the candidate’s experience and is set at CAO NU scale 10 with a minimum of € 2.960, - and a maximum of € 4.670, - gross per month, on a fulltime basis. In addition, EUR pays an 8% holiday allowance, an end-of-year payment of 8.3%, and offers excellent secondary benefits. Furthermore, EUR takes part in the ABP pension scheme, and we also offer partially paid parental leave. For international spouses we have set up a dual career program. Moreover, EUR staff members are allowed to make use of the EUR facilities, including the Erasmus Sport Center and the University Library.


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) is an internationally oriented university with a strong social orientation in its education and research, as expressed in our mission ‘Creating positive societal impact’. EUR is home to 3.700 academics and professionals and almost 33.000 students from more than 140 countries. Everything we do, we do under the credo The Erasmian Way – Making Minds Matter. We’re global citizens, connecting, entrepreneurial, open-minded, and socially involved. These Erasmian Values function as our internal compass and create EUR’s distinctive and recognizable profile. From these values, with a broad perspective and with an eye for diversity, different backgrounds and opinions, our employees work closely together to solve societal challenges from the dynamic and cosmopolitan city of Rotterdam. Thanks to the high quality and positive societal impact of our research and education, EUR can compete with the top European universities. www.eur.nl.


Erasmus School of Philosophy (ESPhil)

Erasmus School of Philosophy is a leading research and teaching institution of Erasmus University Rotterdam. The faculty is one of the two independent faculties of philosophy in the Netherlands. ESPhil has a broad international orientation, with many international students (total number of students is currently about 800), PhDs (about 15), and staff members (about 30), and has excellent connections with universities abroad.


  • Lecturer
  • Behaviour and society
  • max. 8 hours per week
  • €2960—€4670 per month
  • University graduate
  • ESPhil/WO/27062022


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

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