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Assistant Professor in Political/Economic Philosophy (1.0 FTE)

Department for Philosophy and Religious Studies, Utrecht University

Job category Junior faculty / Fixed term
AOS Political and/or economic philosophy, broadly conceived. An interdisciplinary approach is highly valued.
AOS categories Applied Ethics
Normative Ethics
Social and Political Philosophy
AOC Political and/or economic philosophy, broadly conceived. An interdisciplinary approach is highly valued.
AOC categories Applied Ethics
Normative Ethics
Social and Political Philosophy
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Location Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands
Start date september 1, 2020
Job description

Job description

Utrecht University offers an Assistant Professor position in Political and/or Economic Philosophy. The position is situated within the Ethics Institute, which is part of the Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies. The Assistant Professor ‘s teaching time will be spent primarily on Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) Bachelor's programme. PPE is an international and interdisciplinary joint programme, involving the Faculties of Philosophy, History, Economics and Governance. Teaching is intensive and small-scale, and aimed at creating interdisciplinary competence.
The Assistant Professor will be teaching, tutoring and doing committee-work within PPE College, and collaborate closely with colleagues from other departments. In addition to the involvement in PPE, the Assistant Professor may spend a limited amount of teaching time in one of the other teaching programmes in which the Ethics Institute participates (the BA philosophy, MA Applied Ethics, Philosophy Research MA, and various minor programmes).
The Assistant Professor’s research profile should be within political and/or economic philosophy, broadly conceived. By way of illustration, this may involve research on specific thinkers or currents in political/economic philosophy, historical and contemporary, Western and non-Western approaches, methodology of political philosophy, and on themes such as democracy, populism, human rights, legitimacy, justice, freedom, equality, welfare, sustainability, race/gender and diversity, the nation state and globalization and Europeanization, ethics of markets, business ethics, etc. An interdisciplinary approach, connecting philosophical theory to theories/findings of other disciplines in the social sciences and humanities, is highly valued. Like many members of the Ethics Institute, the successful candidate’s research will participate in the activities of Utrecht University’s Strategic Theme Institutions of Open Societies. The successful candidate may also participate in the new inter-university “Gravitation” programme on Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies.


The successful candidate will have:

  • a doctorate in Philosophy or a closely related discipline by time of appointment;
  • a demonstrable general knowledge of the fields of political and/or economic philosophy;
  • a research specialization within this field (see above), as evidenced by a realistic medium-term research plan, aiming for publications in leading journals and presses, with the potential for attracting/securing external research funding;
  • a record (appropriate to career stage) of publications that demonstrate the ability to conduct research which is internationally recognized as meeting the standards of the field;
  • an interdisciplinary attitude: the willingness and abilities to contribute to the development of interdisciplinary teaching and research with respect to the functioning of political and economic institutions, and to participate actively in the Utrecht strategic theme Institutions for Open Societies (IOS);
  • an open and enthusiastic attitude;
  • the willingness and abilities to contribute actively to the formation of a close-knit PPE community of staff and students, both in teaching and extracurricular activities;
  • some experience with teaching in undergraduate and/or graduate (BA and/or MA) programmes. A university teaching qualification (BKO) is desired but not required. In case the candidate does not have one, he/she will be required to follow the procedure for obtaining the qualification within two years of appointment;
  • a willingness and ability to connect to social/professional practices and public debates;
  • and a proven ability to engage with international developments and societal challenges reaching beyond borders;
  • excellent communication and coordination/organization skills;
  • excellent proficiency in spoken and written English;
  • All teaching for this position is in English, but the position is based in the Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies, where some activities take place in Dutch. Learning Dutch over the period of the appointment hence is highly appreciated (language courses are available);
  • The Ethics Institute encourages applications from women, scholars with disabilities, scholars from minority backgrounds, and other individuals from groups that are currently underrepresented in philosophy.


The appointment (1.0 FTE) starts as of 1 September 2020. This is a term-limited appointment, for a period of four years, with a probationary period of two months. The successful candidate will be offered a position that includes 70% teaching and 30% research responsibilities. The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience  - ranges between €3,475 to € 4,757 (scale 10-11 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). More information about working at Utrecht University can be found here.

About the organisation

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 societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

The Faculty of Humanities  has around 6,000 students and 900 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 center of Utrecht, where the Faculty is housed, contribute to an inspiring working environment.

How to apply
Application type Online
Apply Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. To apply, please send your curriculum vitae, including a letter of motivation via the ‘apply’ button below. The application should include: a cover letter of max one page; a curriculum vitae (max 4 pages), including your list of publications. Please include at the end the names and contact details of two referees; a research plan for the coming years (max two pages); a key publication (max. 20 pages); two course evaluations (if you have any). Interviews will be scheduled on 26 June 2020. They may be conducted over Skype.
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Hard deadline June 10, 2020, 11:59pm CET
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