Lecturer in Philosophy

Lecturer in Philosophy

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20 Sep 23 Oct Wageningen

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Job description

Are you a PhD in Philosophy? Do you want to champion interdisciplinary education? Are you keen on innovating education to integrate philosophical insights into life sciences curriculum? If yes, then we have the perfect opportunity for you!

The Philosophy Group (PHI) at Wageningen University is looking for a dynamic Lecturer in philosophy of the life sciences. In this position, you are responsible for the development and implementation of education and organizational activities in the domain of ethics and philosophy of science for a wide range of study programs related to the life sciences (biology, plant sciences, etc).

We expect you to take part in the Education Career Path, which means that you will be combining research and education, with an emphasis on education. Besides research and teaching, you will be involved in coordination of the group’s education program, development of new teaching methods, and reflection on the role of philosophy teaching in the life sciences.

This work includes:
  • developing and implementing education in philosophy and ethics aligned with disciplinary debates in the life sciences;
  • teaching non-philosophy students of BSc, MSc and PhD levels;
  • collaborating with life scientists to strengthen your research and teaching;
  • coordinating the Philosophy Group’s education program;
  • reflecting on the role of philosophy in teaching life science students;
  • doing independent philosophical research.

This role involves 80% focus on education and administration/coordination tasks and the remaining 20% for research. We provide you with training and mentoring in order to accomplish all of this.

The Education Career Path (ECP) is a career path for the development of education professionals. The ECP provides a tool for the chair holder and lecturer to discuss the development of the position and the development and career of the lecturer.


Wageningen University & Research


You are an educator in heart and soul and a team player, dedicated to education and research in bioethics and applied philosophy. To further strengthen our group, you:
  • hold a PhD in philosophy, preferably with a specialization in philosophy of biology [life sciences] or philosophy of science or ethics;
  • are both an inspiration and guide for students, and an eager learner yourself;
  • have an excellent academic record relative to your career stage;
  • have the aptitude to engage and collaborate with individuals from non-philosophical backgrounds
  • are competent in coordination tasks, ensuring smooth and efficient workflow within academic and administrative spheres
  • preferably hold a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ).
  • possess excellent communication skills;

This position requires excellent Dutch and English language proficiency (a minimum of CEFR C2 level). For more information about this proficiency level, please visit our special language page.

Conditions of employment

Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:
  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and partially paid parental leave;
  • working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • the option to accrue additional compensation / holiday hours by working more, per week;
  • there is a strong focus on vitality and you can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee;
  • a fixed December bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent pension scheme.

In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will of course receive a good salary. Depending on your experience, we offer a competitive gross salary of between € 3.226,- and € 5.929,- for a full-time working week of 38 hours, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale 10 or 11). Initially, we offer you a two-year contract, which will then be extended to an open-ended contract if there is mutual enthusiasm. Of course, we would be happy to discuss this with you if you have any questions.

Wageningen University & Research encourages internal advancement opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are plenty of options for personal initiative in a learning environment, and we provide excellent training opportunities. We are offering a unique position in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

You are going to work at the greenest and most innovative campus in Holland, and at a university that has been chosen as the “Best University” in the Netherlands for the 18th consecutive time.

Coming from abroad
Wageningen University & Research is the university and research centre for life sciences. The themes we deal with are relevant to everyone around the world and Wageningen, therefore, has a large international community and a lot to offer to international employees.

Our team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family.

Feeling welcome also has everything to do with being well informed. Wageningen University & Research's International Community page contains practical information about what we can do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen. Furthermore, we can assist you with any additional advice and information about helping your partner to find a job, housing, schooling. For instance under the "30% rule", certain categories of international staff can receive tax exemption on approximately 30% of their gross salary.


Wageningen University & Research

Wageningen University & Research
The mission of Wageningen University & Research is “To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life”. Under the banner Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen University and the specialised research institutes of the Wageningen Research Foundation have joined forces in contributing to finding solutions to important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment.

With its roughly 30 branches, 7,200 employees (6,400 fte) and 13,200 students and over 150.000 participants to WUR’s Life Long Learning, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. The unique Wageningen approach lies in its integrated approach to issues and the collaboration between different disciplines.. An integrated approach to problems and the cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of Wageningen’s unique approach. WUR has been named Best Employer in the Education category for 2019-2020.

These are the points our employees list as good reasons to come work at WUR: read the 5 reasons to come work at WUR

About the Philosophy group
The PHI group focuses on ethical and epistemic issues involved in the relationship of humans with nature, animals, food and agriculture. The group aims to understand processes of ethical deliberation around science and technology in different societal and cultural settings.
The group currently consists of 14 staff and postdocs and 11 PhD students. Together with innovation, communication, and education scientists, we form a section (CPTE) in the Department of Social Sciences of Wageningen University. We are also part of – and currently leading – the 4TU Centre for Ethics and Technology.

We will recruit for the vacancy ourselves, so no employment agencies please. However, sharing in your network is appreciated.


  • Lecturer; Assistant professor; Associate professor; Professor
  • Behaviour and society
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • University graduate
  • P1323752-1


Wageningen University & Research

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