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Assistant Professor

Tilburg University, Tilburg University

Job category Junior faculty / Tenure-track or similar
AOS Open
AOC Continental philosophy, philosophy of culture, political philosophy and ethics.
AOC categories Continental Philosophy
Social and Political Philosophy
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Organization's reference number 17084
Location Tilburg, Noord Brabant, Netherlands
Start date August 1st 2021 (Approximately)
Job description

The Department of Philosophy at Tilburg University seeks to appoint:

Two Assistant Professors Philosophy (0,8 - 1,0 FTE)

Dutch: Twee UD’s Filosofie (0,8 - 1,0 FTE)

Starting date approximately August 1, 2021

This is one of two positions. The other can be found here:


The Philosophy Department at Tilburg University seeks to appoint two outstanding philosophers at the level of Assistant Professor (Dutch: UD Filosofie). Both positions include teaching (60-65%) and research (35-40%) responsibilities together with related management or service tasks. Teaching responsibilities include coordination of 4-5 courses per year at both the Bachelor and Master levels. An important portion of these tasks involves teaching philosophy to large classes of non-philosophy students (at Bachelor level).
The candidates are expected to acquire a University Teaching Qualification (Dutch: BKO). 
Given the Department’s overall teaching needs, societal embeddedness, and other responsibilities, one of these positions will be filled by a candidate with native fluency in Dutch. However, many courses are taught in English, and hence both candidates must have a good command of English from the start; C2 level in writing and speaking in English must be obtained in two years. If not already acquired, successful candidates are expected to acquire a University Teaching Qualification (BKO). Tilburg University offers courses for acquiring this certification. It is welcomed if the candidates are prepared to move to (the vicinity of) Tilburg.

Profile of the candidates
The successful candidates hold a PhD in philosophy. They are highly capable teachers, as demonstrated by prior teaching experience and/or a sample lecture (if invited to an interview). They enjoy and are able to teach philosophy to both philosophers and non-philosophers. We welcome candidates that can teach subjects outside their areas of specialization (for example on the history of philosophy and ethics).
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 good researchers. They have a track record of publications (e.g., in good international journals or well-received books with good publishers) or show 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 candidates are expected to participate actively in the research activities of the Department and communicate their research to people outside their specialization or philosophical orientation. They are also open to interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration as well as bridging continental and analytical philosophy.

Specifics position 2

Area of Specialization (AoS): Open
Preference for specialization in fields that relate to the existing departmental interests in continental philosophy, and political and social philosophy. Examples include: philosophy of culture, philosophy of communication, political philosophy, ethics, modern philosophy, H. Arendt, S. Kierkegaard, H. Plessner, 20th Century German or French Philosophy, democratic theory, philosophy of power and violence, aesthetics, and feminist philosophy. 

Area of Competence (AoC): Continental philosophy, philosophy of culture, political philosophy and ethics
The successful candidate will teach courses in continental philosophy, philosophy of culture and communication, political philosophy, and ethics, both in the Philosophy BA and MA programs and in non-philosophy Bachelor programs.

The Department
The Department of Philosophy (DFI) at Tilburg University is both an important center of academic teaching and internationally recognized for its research. It offers a lively, amicable and stimulating teaching and research environment. The department provides a supportive, collegial environment free from the (unhealthy) climate of competition that has become the standard in academia.
Philosophical research at Tilburg is often done in an interdisciplinary framework. Research is organized in two groups: TiLPS (Tilburg Center for Moral Philosophy, Epistemology and Philosophy of Science) and PHC&E (Philosophy of Humanity, Culture, and Ethics). 

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 August 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. Fluency in Dutch (at B1 level) will also be relevant for the permanent position.

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: a letter of motivation (1-page), a CV, a brief teaching dossier (max 2 pages), a brief (test) sample syllabus for a 6 ECTS Philosophy course aimed at 2nd year Bachelor students of either Business Economics, Public Administration Studies, 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. (reference letters will be requested only for shortlisted candidates).

Note for PhD students: your application will only be taken into account if you have successfully defended your PhD or if you can provide an official guarantee that your public defense is scheduled before June, 1st, 2021

The deadline for applications is January 25th, 2021. 
We will inform shortlisted candidates, on or before February 15th. Interviews and test lectures will be held around the beginning of March 2021 - online if necessary, using Zoom. Decisions will be announced in March 2021.

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

Onderzoek en onderwijs aan de Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences (TSHD) heeft een unieke focus op de mens in de context van de globaliserende digitale samenleving, op de ontwikkeling van kunstmatige intelligentie en interactieve technologieën, op de impact ervan op communicatie, cultuur en maatschappij, en op morele en existentiële uitdagingen die zich voordoen. De School of Humanities and Digital Sciences bestaat uit vier departementen: Communicatie en Cognitie, Cognitieve en Kunstmatige Intelligentie, Cultuurstudies en Filosofie; verschillende onderzoeksinstituten en een faculteitsbureau. Ook het University College Tilburg is onderdeel van de School. Jaarlijks starten ongeveer 275 studenten met een Bachelor- of (Pre)Masteropleiding. De School telt ongeveer 2000 studenten en 250 medewerkers.

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/17084
Hard deadline January 25, 2021, 11:59pm CET
Web address for more information https://www.tilburguniversity.edu/about/schools/hu...
Contact name Professor Wim Dubbink
Contact email
Time created December 15, 2020, 10:40am EST
Scheduled expiry date January 25, 2021, 11:59pm CET
Last updated December 15, 2020, 10:40am EST
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