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Assistant Professor in Social and Political Philosophy (EXPIRED)

Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies, Utrecht University

Job category Junior faculty / Tenure-track or similar
AOS Assistant Professor in Social and/or Political Philosophy
AOS categories Social and Political Philosophy
AOC Open
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Location Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands
Start date 1 August 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.
Job description

The Ethics Institute of the Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies is looking for a new colleague specialising in social and/or political philosophy.

We are looking for a new colleague specialising in social and/or political philosophy. The position is open to candidates with various specialisations, both in terms of research themes and in terms of methodological approaches, such as critical social theory, democratic theory, theories of justice, historical, intercultural, analytical, continental approaches, etc.

Your job

You will be embedded in the Ethics Institute of the department of Philosophy & Religious  Studies. Teaching will be in the various programmes in which we participate: the BA in Philosophy, the BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE), the Research Master’s in Philosophy and the Master in Applied Ethics. In particular, you may be asked to conduct a relatively large share of your tasks within the PPE programme.

 We highly value interdisciplinary collaboration. Your research specialisation should facilitate collaborations within one or more of Utrecht University’s research strategic themes(Institutions for Open Societies, Dynamics of Youth, Pathways to Sustainability, Life Sciences) or focus  areas.

We highly value connecting our research and teaching to societal stakeholders, in various forms of public outreach and engagement, collaborative research projects, etc. This is as much a contribution to society as an enrichment of our own fundamental research. For a sample of our work in the area, please visit the website of our various research and impact themes.

Your qualities

We are looking for a colleague who:

  • holds a completed PhD in Philosophy (or in a closely related field), by the time of appointment;
  • has teaching and research expertise in the domain of social and/or political philosophy, including an affinity for teaching and supervising in the PPE programme;
  • has a research specialisation within this field, as evidenced by a realistic medium-term research plan, aiming for publications in leading journals, with potential for attracting/securing external research funding
  • has a record (appropriate to career stage) of publications that demonstrates the ability to conduct research which is internationally recognised as contributing to the field
  • has experience with teaching in undergraduate and/or graduate (BA and/or MA) programmes;
  • displays an interdisciplinary attitude: the willingness and ability to contribute to the development of interdisciplinary teaching and research, particularly in the research strategic themes and focus areas listed above
  • is willing to develop a societal impact agenda related to their academic work and teaching;  has an open and enthusiastic attitude: the willingness and ability to contribute actively to the formation of learning communities of staff and students’
  • is interested in team teaching and team science;
  • is 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
  • holds, or is willing to obtain, the Dutch University Teaching Qualification(UTQ; in Dutch: Basiskwalificatie Onderwijs, BKO). The BKO is recognized by all 14 Dutch universities. Candidates who do not yet have a BKO or an international equivalent will receive support to obtain this qualification in the first two years of their appointment.

Our offer

We offer:

  • a position for 12 months with the prospect of a permanent employment contract;
  • a working week of 38 hours, in which 40% of the time is reserved for research and 60% for teaching of which 10% is free space that will not be scheduled;
  • a gross monthly salary between €4,332 and €6,737 in the case of full-time employment (salary scale 11-12 under the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU);
  • 8% holiday pay and 8.3% year-end bonus;
  • a pension scheme, partially paid parental leave and flexible terms of employment based on the CAO NU.

In addition to the terms of employment laid down in the CAO NU, Utrecht University has a number of schemes and facilities of its own for employees. 

Utrecht University works with the TRIPLE model. This makes it possible to recognise and value multi-, inter- and transdisciplinary teaching and research. The model also embraces job diversification and dynamic career paths: there is room to develop your own strengths and look at how you complement and strengthen the team as a whole.

About us

A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major strategic themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Pathways to Sustainability. Shaping science, sharing  tomorrow.

The Faculty of Humanitieshas around 7,000 students and 1,100 staff members. It comprises four knowledge domains: Philosophy and Religious Studies, History and Art History, Media and Culture Studies, and Languages, Literature and Communication. With its research and education in these fields, the Faculty aims to contribute to a better understanding of the Netherlands and Europe in a rapidly changing social and cultural context. The enthusiastic and committed colleagues and the excellent amenities in the historical city centre of Utrecht, where  the faculty is located, contribute to an inspiring working environment.

How to apply
Application type Online
To apply, please send your application via the 'apply now' button. We would like to receive the following information with your application: your motivation letter; your CV, including a publication list and the names and contact details of two referees (but no reference letters!); a concise research plan showing alignment with the research profile of the department, including ideas about how to create societal impact for your research (max. 400 words); a concise teaching statement, outlining your approach to and experience with teaching (max. 400 words); a key publication or writing sample (max. 20 pages). Interviews are planned on 18, 20 and 21 march (first round); and 25 and 27 march (second round). Besides an online interview, an in-person interview, a teaching demonstration, or an assessment may be part of the application procedure. The start date is 1 August 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter. Note that the deadline is March 1, 2024 at 11:59pm CENTRAL EUROPEAN TIME.
Web address to apply https://www.uu.nl/en/organisation/working-at-utrec...
Hard deadline March 1, 2024, 11:59pm CET
Web address for more information https://www.uu.nl/en/organisation/working-at-utrec...
Contact name Prof. R.J.G. Claassen
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Time created January 26, 2024, 9:52pm UTC
Scheduled expiry date March 1, 2024, 11:59pm CET
Expired on March 3, 2024, 12:46am CET
Last updated April 2, 2024, 3:00pm UTC
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