Assistant Professor in Philosophy of Technology | Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences | Department of Philosophy | 1.0 FTE

Assistant Professor in Philosophy of Technology | Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences | Department of Philosophy | 1.0 FTE

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11 Sep 24 Sep Maastricht

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Job description

The Department of Philosophy at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University is seeking to hire an Assistant Professor in Philosophy on a permanent (tenure track) and full-time basis.

In this role, you will contribute to the development of a new interdisciplinary robotics initiative at Maastricht University, which brings together researchers from the fields of robotics, artificial intelligence, and the social sciences and humanities. You will conduct collaborative research and education across disciplines, publish in international journals and apply for research funding in collaboration with colleagues. We are seeking someone who is communicative, enthusiastic about team science and pro-active in searching out new opportunities for collaboration. 

You will team-teach in our Bachelors of Digital Society and European Studies. You will be a member of the faculty’s Science and Technology Studies Research Programme (MUSTS), which brings together scholars interested in science and technology from across the faculty and holds weekly work-in-progress sessions as well as monthly colloquia. Most importantly, you will be part of a supportive and collegial community of academics. The Department of Philosophy is open in terms of philosophical approaches and has core areas of expertise in philosophy of technology, political philosophy and philosophy of culture. 

The division of teaching and research duties follows the regular division used at the Faculty of 55% teaching and management and 45% research. Research time can be extended through external fundraising.     


Maastricht University (UM)


Who are you?

  • You have a PhD in philosophy or relevant area in the social sciences and humanities (with close affinity to philosophy) with expertise and/or strong interest in robotics, AI, and human machine collaboration from a social-political, epistemological or ethical perspective.
  • You have a track-record of international peer-reviewed academic publications. You can show accomplishment or potential for grant acquisition. 
  • You are an experienced and enthusiastic teacher. Experience with teaching coordination roles, course development, and thesis supervision is a plus. You are able to stimulate student learning and to maximize student participation. You have affinity with team-teaching, international classrooms and the teaching philosophy behind our system of Problem-Based Learning (PBL).
  • You have (or: are building up) a relevant international academic and societal network. We encourage interests to contribute to public debate.
  • You subscribe to the importance of academic citizenship and its values as set out in the UM’s Rewards and Recognition policy.  You are a team player and are open to collaborations that may be out of your disciplinary comfort zone.
  • Fluency in English is a prerequisite (Cambridge English Proficiency, level C2, orally and written). Non-Dutch speaking applicants should be willing to learn Dutch (intermediate level, B1).

Conditions of employment

  • We offer a full-time tenure track position. Initially, candidates are employed on a temporary contract as assistant professor (level 2) and agree to specific development goals. One year into the appointment, candidates will be evaluated and if the development goals have been met, the contract can be made permanent based on a good performance.
  • The position of Assistant Professor 2 is in the salary scale 11 (€ 4.332 - € 5.929 gross per month based on full-time employment). Salary will be based on relevant education combined with relevant work experience. In addition to the monthly salary, an 8.0% holiday allowance and an 8.3% year-end bonus are applicable.
  • Each year the standard salary is supplemented with a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%.
  • 232 vacation hours per year for full-time employment and the possibility of expanding this slightly and additional holidays.
  • As Maastricht University, we offer flexible working hours and the possibility to work partly from home if the nature of your position allows it. You will receive a monthly commuting and internet allowance for this. If you choose to accumulate compensation hours, an additional 12 days will be added. Furthermore, you can personalize your employment conditions through a collective labor agreement (CAO) choice model.
  • As Maastricht University, we offer various other excellent secondary employment conditions. These include a good pension scheme with the ABP and the opportunity for UM employees to participate in company fitness and make use of the extensive sports facilities that we also offer to our students.
  • Last but certainly not least, we provide the space and facilities for your personal and professional development. We facilitate this by offering a wide range of training programs and supporting various well-established initiatives such as 'acknowledge and appreciate'.

There is an international staff office to assist foreign staff members in finding their way upon arrival.  Staff coming to Maastricht from abroad may be eligible for advantageous tax status for a limited time.

The terms of employment at Maastricht University are largely set out in the collective labor agreement of Dutch Universities. In addition, local provisions specific to UM apply. For more information, Click here


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Why work at Maastricht University?

At Maastricht University (UM), everything revolves around the future. The future of our students, as we work to equip them with a solid, broad-based foundation for the rest of their lives. And the future of society, as we seek solutions through our research to issues from all around the world. Our six faculties combined provide a comprehensive package of study programmes and research.  

In our teaching, we use the Problem-Based Learning (PBL) method. Students work in small groups, looking for solutions to problems themselves. By discussing issues and working together to draw conclusions, formulate answers and present them to their peers, students develop essential skills for their future careers.

With over 22,300 students and more than 5,000 employees from all over the world, UM is home to a vibrant and inspiring international community.

Are you drawn to an international setting focused on education, science and scholarship? Are you keen to contribute however your skills and qualities allow? Our door is open to you! As a young European university, we value your talent and look forward to creating the future together.  

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Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS) has a staff of about 250, and over 1,800 students. In our teaching and research, we highlight major developments in societies and cultures as they have unfolded during the modern and contemporary eras. We seek to gain understanding of the interrelationships between Europeanisation, globalisation, scientific and technological development, political change and cultural innovation. We are interested in how today’s societies cope with these challenges through, amongst others, practices of remembrance, governance techniques, strategies for managing knowledge, technologies and risks, and ways of dealing with diversity and inequality. Understanding our present world is impossible without insight into its past and thus historical research is a key element of our scholarly and educational identity. FASoS houses in several recently renovated 18th-century buildings in the historic city centre of Maastricht. Further information on the faculty is available on our website:


  • Assistant professor
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €4332—€5929 per month
  • Doctorate
  • AT2023.436


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