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Assistant Professor of Moral, Political, or Social Philosophy (EXPIRED)

Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Utrecht University

Job category Junior faculty / Tenured, continuing or permanent
AOS Moral, Political, or Social Philosophy
AOS categories Environmental Philosophy
Feminist Philosophy
Normative Ethics
Philosophy of Gender
Philosophy of Law
Philosophy of Race
Social and Political Philosophy
AOC Open
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Organization's reference number 1203737
Location Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands
Start date August 1, 2023
Job description

We are looking for a new colleague in moral, political, or social philosophy. The successful candidate's research specialization and teaching competence is in at least one of the following areas:

  1. theories of normative justification (in metaethics, ethical theory, political philosophy, or philosophy of human rights);
  2. ethics and/or political philosophy of environmental issues or sustainability;
  3. social philosophy (including critical social theory, feminism, critical race theory).

We are especially interested in philosophers from diverse perspectives, whose work is informed by sustained engagement with global philosophical traditions, theoretical perspectives, and/or lived experiences that tend to be marginalized or underrepresented within philosophy departments in The Netherlands. 


We are looking for a colleague who:

  • has teaching and research expertise in the domain of moral, political, or social philosophy;
  • holds a PhD in philosophy (or, in exceptional cases, in a closely related field), by the time of appointment;
  • has a vision on, and perhaps experience with, ways to link that domain in teaching and/or research with other knowledge domains, based on an articulated teaching and research philosophy (multi-, inter- or transdisciplinarity);
  • has an open attitude and is able to switch easily within multidisciplinary and interprofessional teams;
  • is interested in team teaching and team science to address social issues.

The candidate appointed to this position will be expected, in due course, to be able to teach in Dutch and English. International candidates will be helped to acquire Dutch language skills in the first two years of their appointment.

About the organization

Within the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, the academic staff of the Ethics Institute pursues research in a wide range of subfields within practical philosophy, including  social, economic, and political philosophy, applied ethics, ethical theory, aesthetics, and moral psychology. Within Utrecht University, the Ethics Institute also plays a key role in addressing a wide range of societal issues and promoting ethical reflection in research, education, and outreach. More information about this position (and the 8 other Philosophy positions currently being advertised), see FAQ Vacancies in Philosophy - Utrecht University


We offer a full-time position (1.0 FTE). Upon positive evaluation during the one-year probationary period, the appointment becomes permanent. The allocation is permanently set to 40% research and 60% teaching. Within the 60% for teaching, there is 10% free space that will not be scheduled. The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience - ranges between €3,974 and €6,181 (scale 11-12 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year. In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). For more information, please visit working at Utrecht University.

How to apply
Application type Online
Please note the updated deadline of March 1, 2023 (midnight CET). This is th e same submission site as for the Philosophy of PPE position. Please indicate in your cover letter which position(s) you are applying to. Full instructions can be found on the web page for this position. Apply using the "Apply Now" button at the bottom of that webpage. We would like to receive the following information with your application: (1) your motivation letter; (2) your CV and publication list; (3) a concise research plan showing alignment with the research profile of the department/team (max. 400 words). (4) a concise a teaching statement, outlining your approach to and experience with teaching (max. 400 words); (5) a key publication (max. 20 pages).
Web address to apply https://ssl1.peoplexs.com/Peoplexs22/CandidatesPor...
Hard deadline March 1, 2023, 11:59pm CET
Web address for more information https://ssl1.peoplexs.com/Peoplexs22/CandidatesPor...
Contact name Joel Anderson
Contact email
Time created January 31, 2023, 4:49pm UTC
Scheduled expiry date March 1, 2023, 11:59pm CET
Expired on March 3, 2023, 12:46am CET
Last updated May 2, 2023, 3:00pm UTC
Last update notification
The deadline for the position of assistant professor of moral, political, and social philosophy that was announced on the Utrecht University site was Feb 26, 2023 (midnight CET). Because of conflicting announcements about the deadline for that position, we have now extended that to March 1, 2023 (midnight CET). This is also the deadline for the Position Philosophy of PPE. If you wish to submit an application for either or both of these positions, you should submit via the vacancy of the PPE position here, indicating in your cover letter to which position you are applying. (If you have already applied, there is nothing further you need to do.) The direct link for submitting your application is here: https://ssl1.peoplexs.com/Peoplexs22/CandidatesPortalNoLogin/ApplicationForm.cfm?PortalID=4124&VacatureID=1204915
February 27, 2023, 10:51am UTC

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The timing is tied to the specific implementation, by the Faculty of Humanities at Utrecht University, of an initiative to increase staffing within higher education in The Netherlands, funded by the Ministry of Education.