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Assistant Professor (EXPIRED)

Department of Philosophy, Tilburg University

Job category Junior faculty / Tenure-track or similar
AOS Continental Philosophy
AOS categories Continental Philosophy
AOC social philosophy and ethics
AOC categories Ethics
Social and Political Philosophy
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Organization's reference number 16904
Location Tilburg, Noord Brabant, Netherlands
Start date Negotiable, January 1st 2021 Preferred.
Job description

The Department of Philosophy at Tilburg University seeks to appoint:

An Assistant Professor Continental Philosophy / 

Dutch: Universitair Docent Continentale Filosofie ( 0,8 -1,0 FTE)

Starting date approximately January 1, 2021

The position
The Philosophy Department at Tilburg University seeks to appoint an outstanding continental philosopher at the level of Assistant Professor (Dutch: Universitair Docent). Alongside principal teaching responsibilities, successful candidates will be expected to grow their good reputation in research and participate in valorization activities. The position involves a substantive teaching task, 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). Given the Department’s overall teaching needs, societal embeddedness and responsibilities, being able to speak Dutch at native speaking level is a strict requirement. Teaching responsibilities require the successful candidate to have an excellent command of the English language. It is welcomed if the candidate is prepared to move to (the vicinity of) Tilburg.

Profile of the candidates

Area of Specialization (AoS): continental philosophy
Given the overall needs of the department in teaching and research, we seek to appoint a candidate whose research interests are firmly embedded in, or at least lean towards the so-called ‘continental tradition’. Candidates can have expertise in anything ranging from modern to contemporary continental philosophy. It speaks for the candidates if they are interested in non-mainstream domains (e.g., feminist philosophy) while also having an openness to what other disciplines can contribute to philosophy. The ability and willingness to communicate about one’s research to people outside one’s own specialization or philosophical orientation is crucial.

Area of Competence (AoC): social philosophy and ethics.
The successful candidate will teach on their own AoS in our MA and BA program. The successful candidate will also teach courses in social philosophy and (business) ethics, both in the Philosophy BA and in service teaching (i.e. philosophy courses for students in other BA programs).

Specifics position
The successful candidate holds a PhD in philosophy. They are a highly capable teacher, as demonstrated by prior teaching experience or sample lecture (if invited to an interview). They enjoy and are able to teach philosophy to both philosophers and non-philosophers. It is highly desirable if the candidate can teach subjects outside their areas of specialization (for example on the history of philosophy and ethics). 

The successful candidate finds it important to engage with society as a philosopher, for example by participating in public debate. The successful candidate is also a good researcher. They have a track record of publications (e.g., in good international journals or well-received books with good publishers) or shows the capability of developing such a record early in their career (the candidate is expected to publish at least 1 article in an A-journal each year and to apply regularly for external research funding). The successful candidate is expected to be full member of the Department of Philosophy and participate actively in the research group Philosophy of Humanity, Culture and Ethics (PHC&E). The research interests of the candidate will complement the research strengths of both this group and of the Department.

The Department
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. 

Employment terms and conditions
The positions will be ranked in the Dutch university job ranking system (UFO) as assistant professor 2 (“universitair docent 2”). The starting gross salary for a full-time appointment is (minimally) € 3746,- up to (maximally) € 5127,- per month (max  € 71.552,- all in per year). The start of the employment is negotiable, preferably January 1, 2021. 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. It is a full time position, a 80% position is negotiable.

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 (1-page), 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 Communication and Information Sciences (max. 2 pages), a brief research plan (1 page), a recent research publication, and the names and contact information for two referees.

The deadline for applications is August 20th, 2020. 
We will inform shortlisted candidates, on or before August 25th. Interviews and test lectures will be held around the beginning of September 2020 - online if necessary, using Zoom or Skype. Decisions will be announced shortly after September 10th.

Applications must be submitted online.

Tilburg University
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

Tilburg University hanteert de NVP-sollicitatiecode van de Nederlandse Vereniging voor Personeelsmanagement & Organisatieontwikkeling.


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How to apply
Application type Online
Web address to apply https://tiu.nu/16904
Hard deadline August 20, 2020, 11:59pm CET
Web address for more information https://tiu.nu/16904
Contact name Professor Wim Dubbink
Contact email
Time created July 29, 2020, 2:35pm EST
Scheduled expiry date August 20, 2020, 11:59pm CET
Expired on August 22, 2020, 12:46am CET
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