Assistant/Associate Professor of Ethics

Assistant/Associate Professor of Ethics

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10 Feb 19 Mar Nijmegen

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Job description

Are you a motivated researcher in the field of ethics and philosophy as well as an inspiring teacher? As an assistant or associate professor, you will help students develop their knowledge and conduct research with societal relevance. This way, you will contribute to the education of the new generation and to new insights in your field.

The Department of Ethics and Political Philosophy seeks to appoint an Assistant/Associate Professor of Ethics. We are looking for a colleague who is committed to excellent, engaged and societally relevant education and research. You should have a broad background in ethics, enabling you to teach introductory and general courses in ethics to both philosophy and non-philosophy students. We are particularly looking for someone who can complement and/or reinforce the research carried out at the Radboud Center for Philosophy and Society (RCPS), which positions itself at the intersection of philosophy and society. Our research seeks to bring the conceptual clarity, critical inquiry and analytical rigour of academic philosophy to bear on the moral, political, social, economic and cultural transformations driven by contemporary societal developments.

Your main responsibilities will be to design, develop and teach undergraduate/graduate courses in ethics for philosophy students as well as ethics courses taught at other faculties, such as ethics for psychologists and ethics for management scientists; supervise thesis work at the undergraduate and graduate level; develop an innovative research line that will contribute to reinforcing RCPS's research programme; and play an active role in departmental and RCPS activities, such as organising research meetings, participating in grant applications and other administrative tasks.

The Associate Professor position comes with more senior organisational and supervisory duties, such as PhD supervision and programme coordination and, in due time, management tasks.

Your work time distribution will be 50% teaching, 45% research and 5% administrative duties.


Radboud University


  • You should hold a PhD degree in philosophy, preferably with a specialisation in ethics, and have demonstrable knowledge of historical and contemporary discussions in philosophical ethics.
  • You are an inspiring teacher, with experience at both the BA and MA level (associate professorship) and with a clear vision on education.
  • You are a team player, and take academic citizenship seriously.
  • You are proficient in English and Dutch, or are willing to achieve Dutch C2 and English C1 levels.
  • You have a University Teaching Qualification (associate professorship) or are willing to obtain it (assistant professorship) within two years.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: You will be employed on the basis of a temporary contract for 18 months with the prospect of a permanent contract in case of a positive evaluation of your performance.

  • It concerns an employment for 1.0 FTE.
  • The gross monthly salary for an Assistant Professor amounts to a minimum of € 3,974 and a maximum of € 6,181 (salary scale 11 or 12) based on a 38-hour working week. The gross monthly salary for an Associate Professor amounts to a minimum of €5,506 and a maximum of €6,702 (salary scale 13). The appointment depends on your scientific track record and experience. An appointment as an Assistant Professor with the potential to further develop as an Associate Professor is also possible.
  • You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • You will be employed on the basis of a temporary contract for 18 months with the prospect of a permanent contract in case of a positive evaluation of your performance.
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services. Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
  • Working for us means getting extra days off. In case of full-time employment, you can choose between 30 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the legally allotted 20.

Our faculty is committed to equal opportunities for all. We stand for an inclusive community and believe that diversity contributes to the quality of teaching and research. We therefore particularly welcome employees from different backgrounds, whose perspectives and alternative ways of thinking may contribute to the diversity of our faculty.

Work and science require good employment practices. This is reflected in Radboud University's primary and secondary employment conditions. You can make arrangements for the best possible work-life balance with flexible working hours, various leave arrangements and working from home. You are also able to compose part of your employment conditions yourself, for example, exchange income for extra leave days and receive a reimbursement for your sports subscription. And of course, we offer a good pension plan. You are given plenty of room and responsibility to develop your talents and realise your ambitions. Therefore, we provide various training and development schemes.


The Department of Philosophical Ethics and Political Philosophy is part of the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies at Radboud University. The Faculty is a compact and ambitious organisation. It has eight departments, 160 staff, and over 1,000 students. Our educational programme includes high-quality courses in both in-depth disciplinary fields of study and interdisciplinary and interfaculty studies. The Faculty has innovative education and research programmes with a strong focus on current social issues.

The Department makes an essential contribution to the Faculty's teaching and is also very active in service teaching at other faculties. Our research is conducted at the newly opened Radboud Center for Philosophy and Society (RCPS), which positions itself at the intersection of philosophy and society. It draws on multiple philosophical traditions within ethics and political philosophy, as well as other disciplines, to address societal challenges. Research lines include democracy and contestation, the ethics and politics of digitalisation, integrity and healthcare, critical philosophy of race, and environmental ethics.

Radboud University
We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 24,000 students and 5,600 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!


  • Lecturer; Assistant professor; Associate professor; Professor
  • Language and culture
  • €3974—€6702 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 1205013



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