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The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Maastricht University (FASoS) is seeking to appoint an Assistant Professor in Political Philosophy with demonstrated excellence in teaching and research on environmental 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, political issues relating to climate change, climate justice, political ecology, and technology and climate change. Successful candidates will be able to engage with questions concerning the role of technological change and innovation in addressing climate change. Candidates with demonstrated expertise in political philosophy from the global South would be welcome.
This position is one of several created by the Faculty to develop its capacity in environmental issues, and the successful candidate will be expected to work with colleagues across disciplines to develop new opportunities for both teaching and research.
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.
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is organized like a matrix (https://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/research/fasos-research-institute). You will become part of the Department of Philosophy as well as the Research Program Globalisation, Transnationalism and Development (GTD). The department emphasises collaborative research engagement across its areas of strength in the philosophy of technology, the philosophy of culture, and political philosophy. You are expected to develop international research projects and to attract external funding that is related to the faculty’s core research themes.
At the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, teaching and research duties follow the regular division of 60% teaching and management and 40% research. The research time can be extended through external fundraising.
Who are you?
You have a PhD degree in philosophy and/or social and political theory, a focus on environmental issues, and some expertise in the relationship between technology and environmental response. Other relevant areas of interest are noted above. Postdoctoral experience in an academic position at a university is desirable.
You are an experienced and enthusiastic teacher and have demonstrated ability in thesis supervision and teaching coordination roles. Experience with course development is an asset. You are able to stimulate student learning and to maximize student participation in our system of small-scale problem based learning (PBL). Experience with teaching in international classrooms is desirable.
You display outstanding quality in research and have experience with interdisciplinarity. You have a relevant international network and a track record of or potential for grant acquisition. International peer-reviewed academic publications are essential.
You subscribe to the values of academic citizenship. 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).
In view of Maastricht University recruitment policies and the composition of the department of Philosophy, women candidates with equal qualifications will be preferred.
What we have to offer
We offer you a fulltime position as Assistant Professor (level 2) in tenure track. Following the new Dutch Collective Labor Agreement (CLA), you will automatically be tenured after 18 months on the condition of a positive evaluation. Remuneration will be according to standard salary levels, depending on relevant work experience. This implies a minimum of € 3,974,- and a maximum of € 5,439,- gross per month for a full-time appointment of 38 hours per week (salary scale 11 according to Dutch Universities Conditions of Employment). Each year, the standard salary is supplemented with a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%.
The university’s relocation policy stipulates that you need to move to (the vicinity of) Maastricht. If not already living in Maastricht (or its direct surroundings), you will be eligible for an allowance for moving costs. Other secondary conditions include, for instance, a pension scheme and partially paid parental leave as well as a shared office space.
Maastricht University’s Terms of Employment are laid down in the Collective Labor Agreement of Dutch Universities. In addition, local university provisions apply. For more information, please, see the website: Working at UM - About UM - Maastricht University.
Starting date: no later than 14 August 2023, sooner if possible.
Maastricht University is renowned for its unique, innovative, problem-based learning system, which is characterized by a small-scale and student-oriented approach. Research at UM is characterized by a multidisciplinary and thematic approach, and is concentrated in research institutes and schools. Maastricht University has around 22,000 students and about 5,000 employees. Reflecting the university's strong international profile, a fair amount of both students and staff are from abroad. The university hosts 6 faculties: Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Faculty of Law, School of Business and Economics, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience. For more information, visit www.maastrichtuniversity.nl.
UM is a European university with an international orientation, operating at the heart of society and firmly rooted in the region. Ever since it was founded in 1976, the university has worked across borders, with a particular focus on the Euregion. Here, we connect education and research internationally, analyze societal issues in their full breadth and reinforce the labor market through the triple-helix collaboration. We have an open and inclusive academic culture, an international community and a strong focus on innovative and interdisciplinary education and research. Our community is composed of students, lecturers, researchers, support staff, and alumni.
As the pre-eminent European university in the Netherlands, our core values are diversity and inclusion, sustainability, mutual respect, integrity, democratic principles, and transparency. We take our social responsibility seriously by forging links between the university and society, from the local to the global level. Moreover, as a solid and resilient international community, we hold ourselves accountable for the future of our world. This entails paying special attention to the urgent challenges of the 21st century, such as securing a sustainable future for our society.
UM is committed to promoting and nurturing a diverse and inclusive community (https://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/about-um/diversity-inclusivity). We believe that diversity in our staff and student population contributes to the quality of research and education at UM and strive to enable this through inclusive policies and innovative projects led by teams of staff and students. We encourage you to apply for this position regardless of your background or identity.
More on the mission and strategy of UM: https://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/about-um/organisation/mission-strategy
In the teaching and research at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS), 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 of Europeanization, globalization, 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. Yet, understanding our present world is impossible without insight into its past. This is why historical research serves as a key element of our scholarly and educational identity.
FASoS has a very international student body and 42% of our staff comes from abroad. All programs are offered in English. FASoS offers four 3-year BA programs: Arts and Culture, European Studies, Digital Society, and Global Studies. It also offers eight different 1-year MA programs and two 2-year Research Master programs. Research is organized around four programs: Arts, Media, and Culture; and Globalization, Transnationalism, and Development; Politics and Culture in Europe; and Science, Technology and Society Studies. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is housed in the historic city center of Maastricht.
More information on FASoS is available on our website:
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