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Teacher (EXPIRED)

Department of Philosophy, Tilburg University

Job category Junior faculty / Fixed term
AOS Open
AOC (Organization) ethics, social philosophy, practical philosophy, history of philosophy, Philosophy of (data) science, epistemology, philosophy of mind or theoretical philosophy.
AOC categories History of Philosophy
Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Science
Social and Political Philosophy
Workload Full time
Vacancies 2
Organization's reference number 19801
Location Tilburg, Noord Brabant, Netherlands
Start date Approximately August 2022
Job description

The Department of Philosophy at Tilburg University seeks to appoint Teacher in Philosophy (0,5 - 1,0 FTE)

Starting date approximately August 2022.
Size of the contract depends on candidate's preference

Profiles of the candidate
The successful candidate holds a PhD in philosophy. They are committed, engaging and capable teachers, as demonstrated by prior teaching experience and/or a sample lecture (if invited to an interview). They enjoy and are capable of teaching philosophy to both philosophers and non-philosophers. We welcome candidates that can teach subjects outside their areas of specialization. We welcome applications from teachers with a PhD specialization from various philosophical traditions, including but not limited to analytic and continental philosophy. 

We will hire one or two teachers (1.0-2.0 fte), in two potential areas of competence:

Area of Competence (AoC) 1

(Organization) ethics, social philosophy, practical philosophy, history of philosophy
The successful candidate will coordinate or be involved in teaching major courses on ethics, and social philosophy or philosophy of culture in non-philosophy Bachelor programs. The candidate will also teach courses in ethics, history of philosophy and/or social philosophy in the Philosophy BA or MA Programs. Thesis supervision will also be part of their tasks. Fluency in Dutch (C2) is a strong advantage for this position.

Area of Competence (AoC) 2

Philosophy of (data) science, epistemology, philosophy of mind or theoretical philosophy.
The successful candidate will coordinate or be involved in teaching major courses on Philosophy of science and/or Philosophy of mind courses in non-philosophy Bachelor programs. The successful candidate will also teach on their area of competence in the Master and Bachelor philosophy program. Thesis supervision will also be part of their tasks. Fluency in Dutch (C2) is an advantage for this position.

Employment terms and conditions
The Philosophy Department at Tilburg University seeks to appoint one or two philosophers at the level of teacher (Dutch: Docent Filosofie). Both positions include teaching (70-75 %) and teaching-related research responsibilities (20%) as well as management or academic citizenship tasks (5-10 %). Teaching responsibilities include coordination of 4-5 courses per year (2-3 per semester) at both the Bachelor and Master levels. An important portion of these tasks involves teaching philosophy to non-philosophy students at Bachelor level.
If not already acquired, successful candidates are expected to acquire a University Teaching Qualification (BKO). Tilburg University offers courses for acquiring this certification. 

The positions will be ranked in the Dutch university job ranking system (UFO) as teacher (“docent 3”). The starting gross salary for a full-time appointment is (minimally) € 3.821,- up to (maximally) € 5.230,- per month (max  € 72.989,- all in per year). The start of the employment is negotiable, preferably 1 August, 2022. Successful candidates receive a contract for two years. When certain financial and organizational conditions are met, and if you function well, we will strive to convert the contract into a permanent contract as Assistant Professor (with 40% research time). If you function well, it will also be possible to extend your teaching contract with one year. The decision to start with a fixed-term position as Teacher is necessary in light of current Dutch labor law and internal fairness considerations. 

Information and application
For inquiries about the positions, please contact Dr. Dries Deweer at [email protected]

The candidate should submit all of the following documents: 

  1. a letter of application, which should include mention of the position you are applying for and may include explanations of any circumstances that you would like to be taken into account when considering your application (e.g. impact of Covid-19 restrictions, parental leave, etc.). 
  2. a CV, including the names and contact information for two referees. (reference letters will be requested only for shortlisted candidates) 
  3. a teaching dossier 
  4. a sample syllabus for a 6 ECTS compulsory Philosophy course aimed at 2nd year Bachelor students of either Communication and Information Sciences or Social Sciences (the syllabus need not be more than 2 pages); always indicate the target student audience clearly at the top of the sample syllabus. 
  5. a writing sample, which may also be a chapter from the PhD thesis. 

Note for PhD students: your application will only be taken into account if you have successfully defended your PhD or if you can provide an official guarantee that your public defense is scheduled before 1 August, 2022.

The deadline for applications is 25 April, 2022. 

We will inform shortlisted candidates, on or before 29 April, 2022. Interviews and test lectures will be held on Monday 9 May and Tuesday 10 May 2022, preferably in person but online if necessary. Decisions will be announced before 15 May, 2022.

Applications must be submitted online (see below).

Tilburg University
Tilburg University is an inspiring university offering a stimulating and challenging environment for students, staff, and alumni. The university highly values authenticity, academic freedom, professionalism, and continuous development. In its top-quality education and research programs in the disciplines of the social sciences and the humanities, the university is committed to addressing equality issues in society at national and international levels. It does so by training people for positions of responsibility in society and by contributing to socially sustainable solutions. In so doing it draws on the rich tradition of which it is part.

Tilburg University is committed to the value of diversity and, in that spirit, welcomes applications from underrepresented groups within philosophy and academia, including members of minority groups and people with disabilities. Information about the various measures Tilburg University has undertaken to increase gender equality, diversity and inclusion can be found on the Working at Tilburg University /Gender & Diversity page.

Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences

Research and education at the Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences (TSHD) has a unique focus on humans in the context of the globalizing digital society, on the development of artificial intelligence and interactive technologies, on their impact on communication, culture and society, and on moral and existential challenges that arise. The School of Humanities and Digital Sciences consists of four departments: Communication and Cognition, Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence, Culture Studies and Philosophy; several research institutes and a faculty office. Also the University College Tilburg is part of the School. Each year around 275 students commence a Bachelor or (Pre) Master Program. The School has approximately 2000 students and 250 employees.

Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences

The Department
The Department of Philosophy (DFI) at Tilburg University is both an important center of academic teaching and internationally recognized for its research. It offers a lively, amicable, and stimulating teaching and research environment. The department provides a supportive, collegial environment free from the (unhealthy) climate of competition that has become the standard in academia.

Tilburg University is rated among the top of Dutch employers and has excellent terms of employment, such as a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% (annually), an options model 41 paid holiday days. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may qualify for a tax-free allowance equal to 30% of their taxable salary. The university will apply for such an allowance on their behalf. The Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences will provide assistance in finding suitable accommodation. The collective labor agreement of the Dutch Universities applies.

Recruitment code
Tilburg University applies the recruitmentcode of the Dutch Association for Personnel Management & Organization Development (NVP).

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How to apply
Application type Online
Web address to apply https://tiu.nu/19801
Hard deadline April 25, 2022, 11:59pm CET
Web address for more information https://tiu.nu/19801
Contact name Dries Deweer
Contact email
Time created March 11, 2022, 2:55pm UTC
Scheduled expiry date April 25, 2022, 11:59pm CET
Expired on April 27, 2022, 12:46am CET
Last updated September 1, 2022, 3:00pm UTC
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