Postdoctoral researcher in Political Theory of Financial Debt

Postdoctoral researcher in Political Theory of Financial Debt

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25 Mar 15 May Amsterdam

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Job description

Do you have a proven track record researching political theory of economic and/or financial institutions and policy, and specifically in normative approaches to financial policy? Do you want to interact with policy-makers and financial practitioners?  Do you want to help reform the financial system? Do you want to mentor PhD students? Do you like working in a team?

The Department of Political Science of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG) invites applications to a Postdoc position within A New Normative Framework for Financial Debt project, which is being funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). This Postdoc is part of the Political Theory group with the 'Challenges to Democratic Representation'  program group.

Project Description

Society is drowning in financial debts. But it is unclear how to deal with debt morally when it cannot be repaid or causes harmful side effects. The research group A New Normative Framework for Financial Debt develops practical, normative guidelines that help policymakers, creditors, and debtors to regulate and manage debt. It does this by treating foreseeable externalities as a key to sensible and socially desirable debt regulation.

The postdoc will critically analyse existing practices of some debt category (individual, corporate, or sovereign, transnational, etc.) and formulate relevant normative arguments in order to formulate empirically sensitive and dispositionally plausible normative guidelines.

What will you be doing?

You will:

  • analyse provision of credit from a normative perspective;
  • offer a normative framework that can guide regulators and practitioners;
  • take part in activities of the research group;
  • present your findings at international conferences;
  • present your findings to expert practitioners and regulators;
  • publish papers in leading journals;
  • mentor PhD students.


University of Amsterdam (UvA)



  • have a completed PhD in political theory, philosophy, political economy or a related field;
  • have a proven track record of publication at highest scholarly levels;
  • have a background or demonstrable interest in understanding financial markets and the provision of credit (prior experience in policy or private sector roles will be appreciated);
  • are inquisitive and capable of and enjoy independent research;
  • enjoy working in a larger intellectual team;
  • would enjoy mentoring younger scholars;
  • have academic integrity;
  • are eager to connect normative theory to policy;
  • have strong writing skills and fluency in English.

Conditions of employment

Our offer

The intended starting date of the postdoc position is 1 September 2020. The position concerns a temporary employment contract of 38 hours for a term of 18 months (1,5 years).

Salary depends on past education and relevant work experience, with a minimum salary of €3,637 and a maximum salary of €4,018 gross per month based on full-time employment (in keeping with scale 11.0-11.3). We additionally offer an extensive package of secondary employee benefits, including a generous holiday scheme and year-end bonus. Because we value your continued personal development and professionalization, we also offer excellent opportunities for study and development. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities applies. 

What else do we offer you?

A challenging work environment with a variety of duties and ample scope for individual initiative and development within an inspiring organisation. The social and behavioural sciences play a leading role in addressing the major societal challenges faced by the world, the Netherlands and Amsterdam, now and in the future.

To work at the University of Amsterdam is to work in a discerning, independent, creative, innovative and international climate characterised by an open atmosphere and a genuine engagement with the city of Amsterdam and society.


University of Amsterdam

With over 5,000 employees, 30,000 students and a budget of more than 600 million euros, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is an intellectual hub within the Netherlands. Teaching and research at the UvA are conducted within seven faculties: Humanities, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Economics and Business, Law, Science, Medicine and Dentistry. Housed on four city campuses in or near the heart of Amsterdam, where disciplines come together and interact, the faculties have close links with thousands of researchers and hundreds of institutions at home and abroad.  

The UvA’s students and employees are independent thinkers, competent rebels who dare to question dogmas and aren’t satisfied with easy answers and standard solutions. To work at the UvA is to work in an independent, creative, innovative and international climate characterised by an open atmosphere and a genuine engagement with the city of Amsterdam and society.


Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences – Department of Political Science

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG) is the largest educational and research institution in the social sciences in the Netherlands. The Faculty serves 7,500 students in numerous Bachelor and Master programmes in Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology, Communication Science, Psychology, Social Geography, Planning and International Development Studies, and Educational Sciences. The academic staff is employed in education as well as research. There are over 1,100 employees at the Faculty, which resides in a number of buildings in the centre of Amsterdam.

The Department of Political Science is one of the departments of the FMG. The research within the Department is conducted in research programmes of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR). The AISSR unites the social science research of the UvA, and is one of the largest research institutes in Europe. In the most recent Shanghai rankings (2019), the political science department was ranked 20th in the world.


  • Postdoc
  • Behaviour and society
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €3637—€4018 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 20-213


University of Amsterdam (UvA)

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