Assistant Professor in Social and Political Philosophy

Assistant Professor in Social and Political Philosophy

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25 Jan 1 Mar Utrecht

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The Ethics Institute of the Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies is looking for a new colleague specialising in social and/or political philosophy.

Job description

We are looking for a new colleague specialising in social and/or political philosophy. The position is open to candidates with various specialisations, both in terms of research themes and in terms of methodological approaches, such as critical social theory, democratic theory, theories of justice, historical, intercultural, analytical, continental approaches, etc.

Your job
You will be embedded in the Ethics Institute of the department of Philosophy & Religious Studies. Teaching will be in the various programmes in which we participate: the BA in Philosophy, the BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE), the Research Master’s in Philosophy and the Master in Applied Ethics. In particular, you may be asked to conduct a relatively large share of your tasks within the PPE programme.

We highly value interdisciplinary collaboration. Your research specialisation should facilitate collaborations within one or more of Utrecht University’s research strategic themes (Institutions for Open Societies, Dynamics of Youth, Pathways to Sustainability, Life Sciences) or focus areas.

We highly value connecting our research and teaching to societal stakeholders, in various forms of public outreach and engagement, collaborative research projects, etc. This is as much a contribution to society as an enrichment of our own fundamental research. For a sample of our work in the area, please visit the website of our various research and impact themes.


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We are looking for a colleague who:
  • holds a completed PhD in Philosophy (or in a closely related field), by the time of appointment;
  • has teaching and research expertise in the domain of social and/or political philosophy, including an affinity for teaching and supervising in the PPE programme;
  • has a research specialisation within this field, as evidenced by a realistic medium-term research plan, aiming for publications in leading journals, with potential for attracting/securing external research funding;
  • has a record (appropriate to career stage) of publications that demonstrates the ability to conduct research which is internationally recognised as contributing to the field;
  • has experience with teaching in undergraduate and/or graduate (BA and/or MA) programmes;
  • displays an interdisciplinary attitude: the willingness and ability to contribute to the development of interdisciplinary teaching and research, particularly in the research strategic themes and focus areas listed above;
  • is willing to develop a societal impact agenda related to their academic work and teaching;
  • has an open and enthusiastic attitude: the willingness and ability to contribute actively to the formation of learning communities of staff and students;
  • is interested in team teaching and team science;
  • is able to teach in Dutch and English. International candidates will be helped to acquire Dutch language skills in the first two years of their appointment;
  • holds, or is willing to obtain, the Dutch University Teaching Qualification (UTQ; in Dutch: Basiskwalificatie Onderwijs, BKO). The BKO is recognized by all 14 Dutch universities. Candidates who do not yet have a BKO or an international equivalent will receive support to obtain this qualification in the first two years of their appointment.

Conditions of employment

We offer:
  • a position for 12 months with the prospect of a permanent employment contract;
  • a working week of 38 hours, in which 40% of the time is reserved for research and 60% for teaching of which 10% is free space that will not be scheduled;
  • a gross monthly salary between €4,332 and €6,737 in the case of full-time employment (salary scale 11-12 under the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU);
  • 8% holiday pay and 8.3% year-end bonus;
  • a pension scheme, partially paid parental leave and flexible terms of employment based on the CAO NU.

In addition to the terms of employment laid down in the CAO NU, Utrecht University has a number of schemes and facilities of its own for employees. This includes schemes facilitating professional development, leave schemes and schemes for sports and cultural activities, as well as discounts on software and other IT products. We also offer access to additional employee benefits through our Terms of Employment Options Model. In this way, we encourage our employees to continue to invest in their growth. For more information, please visit Working at Utrecht University.

Utrecht University works with the TRIPLE model. This makes it possible to recognise and value multi-, inter- and transdisciplinary teaching and research. The model also embraces job diversification and dynamic career paths: there is room to develop your own strengths and look at how you complement and strengthen the team as a whole.


Universiteit Utrecht

A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major strategic themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Pathways to Sustainability. Shaping science, sharing tomorrow.

The Faculty of Humanities has around 7,000 students and 1,100 staff members. It comprises four knowledge domains: Philosophy and Religious Studies, History and Art History, Media and Culture Studies, and Languages, Literature and Communication. With its research and education in these fields, the Faculty aims to contribute to a better understanding of the Netherlands and Europe in a rapidly changing social and cultural context. The enthusiastic and committed colleagues and the excellent amenities in the historical city centre of Utrecht, where the faculty is located, contribute to an inspiring working environment.


  • Lecturer; Assistant professor; Associate professor; Professor
  • Behaviour and society
  • 36—40 hours per week
  • €4332—€6737 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 3546



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