Assistant Professor Political and Environmental Philosophy

Assistant Professor Political and Environmental Philosophy

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22 Dec 15 Feb Maastricht

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Maastricht University's philosophy department seeks a dynamic teacher and researcher in political philosophy, specializing in environmental and climate change issues.

Job description

The Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Maastricht University (FASoS) is seeking to appoint an Assistant Professor in Political Philosophy with a focus on environmental or climate related issues.

The candidate will have a general grounding in philosophy and/or social and political theory. Areas of interest could include, but are not limited to, environmental political theory, political issues relating to climate change (e.g. sovereignty, resource distribution, migration), climate justice, political ecology, green political thought, rethinking nature and political subjects.

This position is one of several created by the Faculty to develop its capacity in teaching and research concerning environmental problems. You will work with colleagues across disciplines to develop new opportunities for both teaching and research. The Philosophy department emphasizes collaborative research engagement across its areas of strength in the philosophy of technology, the philosophy of culture, and political 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, particularly the BA European Studies.

You will join the Globalisation, Transnationalism and Development Research Programme (GTD) where will engage with colleagues across disciplines to develop collaborative research and contribute to the active research environment of the group. In this context, you should also endeavor to develop research collaborations at national and international research level and to attract external funding in your area of expertise.

This role entails:
  • Team teaching and curriculum development at BA and MA level
  • Collaborative academic research in the field of political philosophy and related areas
  • Publication of your research in international peer-review journals
  • Applying for external research funding
  • Academic citizenship and assuming administrative roles to support teaching and research in the faculty.


Maastricht University (UM)


  • A PhD in Philosophy, Political or Social Theory and a research focus relating to the environment/climate. (scholars from other related areas are also welcome to apply, but should explain how their previous experience is relevant to the position)
  • Experience teaching (experience in small group and international settings as well as course and curriculum development is a plus)
  • An established or developing track-record of high quality international publications.
  • A strong network of research collaborators
  • Willingness to apply for research funding at national and European level. (previous experience with external research funding a plus)
  • Openness to interdisciplinary collaboration.
  • Fluency in English is a prerequisite (Cambridge English Proficiency, level C2, orally and written). Non-Dutch speaking applicants should be willing to learn Dutch (level B1 minimum).

Conditions of employment

As Assistant professor at Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, you will be employed by the most international university in the Netherlands, located in the beautiful city of Maastricht. In addition, we offer you:
  • Good employment conditions. The position is graded in scale 11 according to UFO profile Universitair docent, with corresponding salary based on experience ranging from €4332,00 and €5929,00 gross per month (based on a full-time employment of 38 hours per week). In addition to the monthly salary, an 8.0% holiday allowance and an 8.3% year-end bonus apply.
  • An employment contract for a period of 18 months with a scope of 1,0 FTE. Upon proven suitability, the employment contract will be converted to an indefinite contract.
  • At Maastricht University, the well-being of our employees is of utmost importance, 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 work full-time, you will be entitled to 29 vacation days and 4 additional public holidays per year, namely carnival Monday, carnival Tuesday, Good Friday, and Liberation Day. 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 'rewards and recognition'.

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.


Maastricht University

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.


Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences FASoS is a close-knit community of approximately 250 staff members and 2100 students. During breaks and before meetings, you can often find us at our favourite local coffee spot Bandito Espresso.

Communication lines within our faculty are short and colleagues are always ready to assist each other. FASoS consists of a highly international student population and a significant part of our staff comes from abroad. Our faculty offers four bachelor programs, eight masters programs and two research master programs that are all characterized by their interdisciplinary approach.

Our research institute studies societies and cultures as they have developed in the modern and contemporary periods. We adopt a radically interdisciplinary approach, analysing the interconnections between Europeanization, globalization, scientific and technological advancement, political change, and cultural innovation.

In addition to teaching and research, our colleagues enjoy expressing themselves creatively. They create podcasts, write poetry as well as fiction.

Working at FASoS means working in a challenging yet informal environment. We believe in crafting your own career path and are always ready to help you in making the most of your job.


  • Assistant professor
  • Behaviour and society
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €4332—€5929 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 548


Maastricht University (UM)

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