Assistant professor in philosophy of neuroscience (tenure track)

Assistant professor in philosophy of neuroscience (tenure track)

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4 May 1 Jun Amsterdam

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FTE: 1

Job description

The department of philosophy has a vacancy for an assistant professor (tenure track) in philosophy of neuroscience.

Area of specialisation: philosophy of neuroscience.
Area(s) of competence: at least philosophy of mind and philosophical psychology, optional: philosophy of psychiatry.

Your duties
  • teaching courses to MA students in the mastertrack Philosophy of Neuroscience, BA students in Philosophy, and introductory courses in philosophy to BA students of other programmes
  • supervising theses in BA and MA programmes, in particular in the mastertrack Philosophy of Neuroscience
  • conducting research in the philosophy of neuroscience
  • applying for external research funding
  • contributing to outreach, as part of research and/or teaching
  • performing administrative tasks (in particular assisting in the coordination of the mastertrack Philosophy of Neuroscience)
Your teaching will cover topics in the philosophy of neuroscience and philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychiatry and introductory philosophy courses in other faculties. The mastertrack Philosophy of Neuroscience ( is a collaboration between the Department of Philosophy at the VU and the Department of Anatomy and Neurosciences at Amsterdam UMC (location VUmc).

Your research should be related to the philosophy of neuroscience, either from a philosophy of science, metaphysical, clinical or ethical perspective. Your research will be embedded in the theoretical philosophy group of the department, and in the interdisciplinary research institute CLUE+.

Administrative tasks may be at Department or Faculty level.


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)


Candidates have:
  • a PhD in philosophy and a strong research profile in the relevant field
  • strong teaching skills
  • a strong and relevant international network
  • a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ/BKO or equivalent) or are willing to acquire it in the first two years of appointment as part of the tenure track
  • mastery of English at CEFR C1/C2 level
  • mastery of Dutch or willingness to learn Dutch as part of the tenure track
  • a degree and experimental or clinical training in the neurosciences or other relevant disciplines (e.g., psychology, psychiatry) will be relevant in the selection procedure

Conditions of employment

We offer a tenure track position at the level of assistant professor, initially for five years. The standard division of labour at our Faculty is 60% of teaching, 30% of research, and 10% of administration and management. During the tenure track, performance will be evaluated in all three domains. After a positive evaluation, a permanent position will be granted.

On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of € 3.821 (scale 11) and a maximum € 5,230 (scale 11), depending on your education and experience. The job profile is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for 1 FTE.

Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • solid pension scheme (ABP)
  • contribution to commuting expenses


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavor - from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 30,000 students. We employ over 5,500 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam's Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

Faculty of Humanities
The Faculty of Humanities links a number of fields of study: Language, Literature and Communication, Art & Culture, History, Antiquities and Philosophy. Our teaching and research focus on current societal and scientific themes: from artificial intelligence to visual culture, from urbanization to the history of slavery, from 'fake news' in journalism to communication in organizations. We strive to ensure small group sizes. Innovative education and interdisciplinary research are our hallmarks.

Working at the Faculty of Humanities means making a real contribution to the quality of leading education and research in an inspiring and personal work and study climate. We employ more than 350 staff members, and we are home to around 2,000 students.

Department of Philosophy
The VU Department of Philosophy has a strong interdisciplinary profile in research and teaching. The Department has around 20 staff members and 40 PhD students. For more information, see:


  • Assistant professor
  • Doctorate
  • 11750


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

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