Assistant Professor in Philosophy of Science and Research Integrity

Assistant Professor in Philosophy of Science and Research Integrity

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15 Mar 9 Apr Amsterdam

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The department of philosophy has a vacancy for an assistant professor (tenure track) in philosophy of science and research integrity.

Job description

Areas of specialisation: philosophy of science, research integrity
Area(s) of competence: epistemology, meta-science, research ethics

Your duties
  • teaching courses to BA and MA students in the philosophy programmes and research integrity / open science courses to ReMa and PhD students
  • supervising theses in BA and MA programmes
  • conducting research in philosophy of science and research integrity
  • performing administrative and coordination tasks, especially in the service of building and developing an interdisciplinary center of expertise for Research Integrity and Open Science at VU
  • applying for external research funding
  • contributing to outreach, as part of research and/or teaching
Your teaching will cover topics in philosophy of science, research integrity, research ethics, and open science in the BA and MA philosophy programmes and in ReMa and PhD programmes in other faculties. You will also teach in introductory courses in philosophy of science in other faculties (depending on the expertise of the candidate).

Your research should be in philosophy of science, research ethics, meta-science, and the epistemology and ethics of research. It will be embedded in the Theoretical Philosophy group of the department, and in the Department of Ethics, Law and Humanities group at Amsterdam UMC. You will participate in interdisciplinary collaborations in qualitative and quantitative research integrity and research ethics projects.

A key administrative task will be to help build, shape, and coordinate a new interdisciplinary VU center of expertise for Research Integrity and Open Science, which is an interfaculty collaboration between the Faculty of Humanities and Amsterdam University Medical Centers. This will be done in collaboration with Jeroen de Ridder (Philosophy) and Mariëtte van den Hoven (ELH, AUMC) and other faculties at the VU.


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)


  • a PhD in philosophy of science or in research integrity (with demonstrable expertise in philosophy)
  • strong teaching skills
  • a strong and relevant international network
  • demonstrable organization, coordination, and networking skills
  • an interdisciplinary and collaborative mindset
  • a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ/BKO or equivalent) or willingness 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

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 5 years.

We offer a tenure track position at the level of assistant professor, initially for five years. The division of labour for this position is estimated to be 30% teaching, 30-40% research, and 30-40% 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 € 3,974 (scale 11) and a maximum € 5,439 (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: Philosophy - Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (

Amsterdam University Medical Centers
AUMC incorporates two academic hospitals in the Amsterdam area, namely the AMC and the VUMC. Within the AUMC, the department of Ethics, Law and Humanities offers reflection on ethical, legal and inclusion topics relevant to health care and health professionals. Within the department, expertise on research ethics and research integrity is strongly presented. The teachings and research within the department relevant to this position focuses on research ethics and research integrity.


  • Assistant professor
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €3974—€5439 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 15039


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

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