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PhD Candidate: Metaphysics and Philosophical Anthropology (EXPIRED)

Radboud Universiteit

Job category Graduate fellowship / Fixed term
AOS PhD Candidate: Metaphysics and Philosophical Anthropology
AOS categories Metaphysics
AOC PhD Candidate: Metaphysics and Philosophical Anthropology
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Organization's reference number 20223311
Location Nijmegen, Gelderland, Netherlands
Job description

PhD Candidate: Metaphysics and Philosophical Anthropology

  • Employment: 1.0 FTE
  • Gross monthly salary: € 2,443 - € 3,122
  • Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies
  • Required background: Research University Degree
  • Application deadline: 29 June 2022

Are you an aspiring researcher and would you like to explore the philosophical meaning of the concept 'drive' in classical German philosophy? Then you have a part to play as a PhD candidate. Delve into the works of Kant, Fichte, and Schelling and join a compact and friendly environment where you will be able to develop your skills and learn new things.

The Department of Metaphysics and Philosophical Anthropology is looking for a PhD candidate on a project on the concept of drive (Trieb) in classical German philosophy. The project is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The concept of drive plays an important interdisciplinary role in the modern history of ideas. During the 18th century, the concept of drive received increasing attention in the emerging disciplines of anthropology and psychology, where it was used to describe the human urges and desires, and, more importantly, in the life sciences to explain the inner forces of organic nature. But it was not until the period of classical German philosophy, especially from the 1790s onwards, that this concept developed into an important philosophical concept crucial to Kant's and post-Kantian idealistic systems. The aim of the project is to study its distinct philosophical meaning. As a PhD candidate, you will conduct research on the theoretical foundations of the concept of drive in classical German philosophy, focusing on the comparison between the concept of force and the concept of drive in the works of Kant, Fichte, and Schelling. In addition to your independent research work, you will participate in the activities of the department and help co-organise workshops and conferences. 10% of your time will be devoted to teaching activities. You will write your PhD thesis in English.


  • You hold an MA degree in Philosophy.
  • You are able to conduct independent research and work in a collaborative research environment.
  • You have an excellent command of English.
  • You have excellent reading skills in German.
  • You are willing to perform teaching duties.
  • You have a good knowledge of Classical German Philosophy; familiarity with the project's subject area is desired.


We are

The Department of Metaphysics and Philosophical Anthropology and the associated Center for Contemporary European Philosophy teach and research themes in metaphysics and philosophical anthropology from a continental philosophical perspective, combining historical and systematic perspectives. Information on the Department, its members, and its current research themes can be found on its website. The Department is a cohesive unit in which monthly lectures are organised and work in progress is discussed.

The Department of Philosophical Ethics and Political Philosophy is part of the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies at Radboud University. The faculty is a compact, ambitious organisation with over 160 staff members, housed in eight academic departments and the supporting office, and over 1,000 students. Our educational programme includes several top-notch courses in both in-depth disciplinary fields of study and interdisciplinary and interfaculty studies. The faculty has innovative education and research programmes with a strong focus on current societal issues.

Radboud University

We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 24,000 students and 5,600 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!


We offer

  • Employment for 1.0 FTE.
  • The gross starting salary amounts to €2,443 per month, and will increase to €3,122 in the fourth year (salary scale P)
  • You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • You will be appointed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years (4 year contract).
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services. Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment  and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
  • Working for us means getting extra days off. In case of full-time employment, you can choose between 29 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the legally allotted 20.


Additional employment conditions

Work and science require good employment practices. This is reflected in Radboud University's primary and secondary employment conditions. You can make arrangements for the best possible work-life balance with flexible working hours, various leave arrangements and working from home. You are also able to compose part of your employment conditions yourself, for example, exchange income for extra leave days and receive a reimbursement for your sports subscription. And of course, we offer a good pension plan. You are given plenty of room and responsibility to develop your talents and realise your ambitions. Therefore, we provide various training and development schemes.


Would you like more information?

For questions about the position, please contact Manja Kisner, Assistant professor, at [email protected].

Practical information and applications

You can apply until 29 June, exclusively using the applicationbutton. Kindly address your application to Manja Kisner. Please fill in the application form and attach the following documents:

  • A letter of motivation, including a brief description of how familiar you are with the project's subject area.
  • Your CV, including the contact details of two references.
  • A transcript of records of your Bachelor's and Master's degrees.
  • Your MA thesis.

The first round of interviews will take place on Monday 11 July or Tuesday 12 July. You would preferably begin employment on 1 September 2022.

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How to apply
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Web address to apply https://www.ru.nl/en/working-at/job-opportunities/...
Hard deadline June 29, 2022, 11:59pm CET
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Contact email
Contact phone 0031235530350
Time created June 15, 2022, 7:41pm UTC
Scheduled expiry date June 29, 2022, 11:59pm CET
Expired on July 1, 2022, 12:46am CET
Last updated August 2, 2022, 3:00pm UTC
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