The Philosophy Department at Tilburg University seeks to appoint an outstanding philosopher at the level of Assistant Professor. Alongside principal teaching responsibilities, successful candidates will be expected to grow their good reputation in research and participate in valorization activities. The position involves substantive teaching tasks, with courses to be taught at both Bachelor and Master levels. An important portion of these tasks involves teaching philosophy classes to large groups of non-philosophy students (at Bachelor level). Teaching responsibilities and (small) service or management tasks will constitute 60-65 percent of the position workload, which, depending on the size of the groups, comes to 4-5 courses per year. The candidates are expected to acquire a University Teaching Qualification (Dutch: BKO). Teaching responsibilities require the successful candidates to have an excellent command of the English language. Given the Department’s overall teaching needs, societal embeddedness and responsibilities, being able to speak Dutch is a clear advantage. It is welcomed if the candidate is prepared to move to (the vicinity of) Tilburg.
Profile of the candidates
The successful candidates hold a PhD in philosophy. They are natural born teachers, as demonstrated by prior teaching experience or sample lecture (if invited to interview). They can teach philosophy to both philosophers and non-philosophers. It is highly desirable if the candidates can teach subjects outside their areas of specialization (for example on the history of philosophy). The successful candidates find it important to engage with society as a philosopher, for example by participating in public debate. The successful candidates are also excellent researchers. They have a track record of publications in good international journals or show the capability of developing such a record early in their careers (candidates are expected to publish at least 1 article in an A-journal each year and to apply regularly for external research funding). The successful candidates are expected to be full members of the Department of Philosophy and participate actively in one of its research groups (TiLPS and PHC&E). Their research interests will complement the research strengths of the department. It is a clear advantage if the candidates can participate in both of our research groups, or can contribute to the practical and theoretical sections of TiLPS. It speaks for the candidates if they are interested in non-mainstream domains (e.g. feminist philosophy) and have an open eye to what other disciplines can contribute to philosophy.
Area of Competence (AoC): social philosophy and ethics.
The successful candidate must teach courses in social philosophy and ethics, both in the Philosophy BA and MA programs and in service teaching (i.e. philosophy courses for students in other BA programs). Participating in a course on business ethics is also likely.
Area of Specialization (AoS): Open.
While we have no fixed preferences about the candidate’s AoS, we favour a candidate whose research interests fit those of other researchers of the Department. These interests include: social philosophy, political philosophy, ethics, business ethics, environmental ethics, ethics of digital technology, moral psychology, modern philosophy (e.g. Hume, Rousseau), contemporary philosophy (e.g., Dewey, Habermas, existentialism), philosophy of economics, philosophy of social sciences, philosophy of agency, and hermeneutics. We welcome candidates who can bridge continental and analytical philosophy.
Employment terms and conditions
The position will be ranked in the Dutch university job ranking system (UFO) as assistant professor (“universitair docent 2”). The starting gross salary for a full-time appointment is (minimally) € 3,637 up to (maximally) € 4.978,- per month (max € 69.472,- all in per year). The start of the employment is negotiable, preferably August 1, 2020. Successful candidates receive a contract for four years. Whether the appointment can be extended permanently after this period will depend on the candidate’s proven capacities in teaching and research, together with the organizational and financial situation of the department.
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 and reimbursement of moving expenses. 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.
Information and application
For inquiries about the position, please contact the Head of the Department of Philosophy, Prof. Dr. Wim Dubbink at W.Dubbink@tilburguniversity.edu
The candidate should submit the following documents and merge them into one pdf file: a letter of motivation, a CV, a teaching dossier, the sample syllabus for a 6 ECTS Philosophy course aimed at 2nd year Bachelor students of either Business Economics, Sociology, or Psychology (max. 2 pages), a one-page research plan, a recent research publication, and the names and contact information for two referees. Candidates must also indicate for which position they are applying.
The deadline for applications is April 20, 2020.
We will inform shortlisted candidates, on or before April 27th. Interviews and test lectures will be held at the end of April / at the beginning of May 2020 - online if necessary, using Zoom or Skype. Decisions will be announced shortly thereafter.
Applications must be submitted online.
Tilburg University is an inspiring university offering a stimulating and challenging environment for students, staff, and alumni. The university highly values authenticity, academic freedom, 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.
Tilburg University draws on a rich tradition which nourishes reflection and which also encourages the academic community's awareness of its philosophy in relation to academic discipline.
Tilburg University has committed itself 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.
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 of Philosophy (DFI) at Tilburg University is a pluralist department, orientated both nationally and internationally. Its research strengths are organized in two groups: TiLPS (Tilburg Center for Moral Philosophy, Epistemology and Philosophy of Science) and PHC&E (Philosophy of Humanity, Culture, and Ethics). The Department is internationally recognized for its research and offers a lively, amicable and stimulating research environment. Philosophical research at Tilburg is often done in an interdisciplinary framework.
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