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Department of Philosophy, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Job category Junior faculty / Tenure-track or similar
AOS Public Health Ethics
AOS categories Applied Ethics
Biomedical Ethics
AOC Ethics
AOC categories Ethics
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Location Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
Start date Summer or Fall 2021
Job description

The department of philosophy of the VU Amsterdam has a vacancy for an assistant professor (tenure-track) of public health ethics. Teaching will be in the MA programme “Philosophy, Bioethics, and Health” (PBH) as well as in the BA programme “Philosophy, Politics and Economics” (PPE) of the VU’s John Stuart Mill College, and the BA/MA Philosophy programmes. We are looking for candidates who will contribute to the further development of the philosophy department’s interdisciplinary focus. Given the profile of the research group and teaching in the PPE programme, candidates with expertise in the philosophy and ethics of policy and/or economics are encouraged to apply.

Your duties

  • conduct research that contributes to the international developments in the field
  • attract external research funding
  • teach courses in bioethics in the interdisciplinary PBH programme and in moral and political philosophy for students in the PPE (undergraduate) and Philosophy (undergraduate and graduate) programmes
  • participate in the research activities of the ethics group of the Department of Philosophy and John Stuart Mill College


  • a PhD in philosophy and a track record in public health ethics
  • strong teaching skills
  • a relevant international network
  • a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ/BKO) or willingness to obtain such a qualification within the first two years of the appointment
  • mastery of English at CEFR C1/C2 level


We offer a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor initially for the duration of 5 years. During the tenure track, you devote 30% of your working hours to research, 60% to teaching and 10% to management. Tenure can be achieved if the faculty criteria for Assistant Professor are fulfilled. For the duration of the tenure track, performance will be evaluated in terms of teaching, publication record, attempts to acquire research funding either individually or in consortia, academic service and valorisation. After a successful evaluation, permanent employment will be granted.

On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of
€3,746 (scale 11) and a maximum of €5.127 (scale 11), depending on your education and experience. The job profile is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for 1 FTE.

Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:

  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • solid pension scheme (ABP)
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae, cover letter, and contact details for two references until April 25, 2021.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Prof. dr. G. (Gerben) Meynen
Position: Professor of Ethics and Psychiatry
E-mail: g.meynen@vu.nl

How to apply
Application type Online
Web address to apply https://werkenbij.vu.nl/ad/assistant-professor-of-...
Hard deadline April 25, 2021, 11:59pm CET
Web address for more information https://werkenbij.vu.nl/ad/assistant-professor-of-...
Contact name Prof. dr. G. (Gerben) Meynen
Contact email
Time created April 5, 2021, 8:21pm UTC
Scheduled expiry date April 25, 2021, 11:59pm CET
Last updated April 5, 2021, 8:21pm UTC
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