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Two Assistant Professors (EXPIRED)

Department of Philosophy, Tilburg University

Job category Junior faculty / Tenure-track or similar
AOS Open
AOC See details
Workload Full time
Vacancies 2
Location Tilburg, North Brabant, Netherlands
Start date January 2023 (negotiable)
Job description

The Department of Philosophy at Tilburg University seeks to appoint 2 Assistant Professors in Philosophy (0,8 – 1,0 FTE), with starting dates of approximately January 2023. Further information, as well as means of submitting applications, can be found at https://tiu.nu/20610

Profile of the candidates
The successful candidates hold a PhD in philosophy. They are committed, engaging and capable teachers, as demonstrated by prior teaching experience and/or a sample lecture (if invited to an interview). They are capable of and enjoy teaching philosophy to both philosophers and non-philosophers and on subjects outside their areas of specialization. 

The candidates are also good researchers with a track record of publications (e.g., in good international journals or books with good publishers) or show the capacity to develop such a record. The candidates are expected to publish in good journals, to apply regularly for external research funding and to participate in the research activities of the Department. The candidates are open to interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration outside of their specialization. The successful candidates find it important to engage with society as a philosopher, for example by participating in public debates.

Position Specifics

We will appoint two assistant professors in philosophy. The AoS of positions 1 and 2 are open, but must fit the research focus, interests and responsibilities of the Department.

Specifics position 1 (area of competence)

The successful candidate will coordinate or be involved in teaching major courses on ethics, including business ethics, in non-philosophy Bachelor programs. The candidate will also teach courses in (business and organization) ethics, history of philosophy and/or social philosophy in the Philosophy BA or MA Programs. Thesis supervision will also be part of their tasks. Fluency in Dutch (C2) is a strong advantage for this position. 

Specifics position 2 (area of competence)

The successful candidate will coordinate or be involved in teaching major courses on philosophy of mind and/or philosophy of science in non-philosophy Bachelor programs. The successful candidate will also teach philosophical methodology, phenomenology, epistemology, philosophy of data, and/or philosophy of language in the Master and Bachelor philosophy program. Thesis supervision will also be part of their tasks. Fluency in Dutch (C2) is a strong advantage for this position.

Employment terms and conditions

The positions (Dutch: UD Filosofie) include teaching (50-55%) and research responsibilities (40%) as well as management or academic citizenship tasks (5-10%). Teaching responsibilities include coordination of or participation in 4-5 courses per year at both the Bachelor and Master levels. A significant portion of these tasks involves teaching philosophy to large classes of non-philosophy students (at Bachelor level). 

 Given the Department’s overall teaching needs, societal embeddedness, and other responsibilities, moderate proficiency in Dutch is a long-term requirement. The successful candidates are expected to be able to speak Dutch at an advanced level (B2) after 7 years (intermediate goal: A2 after 5 years). As many courses are taught in English, the candidates must have a good command of English from the start and obtain C2 level in writing and speaking in English before the contract becomes permanent.

 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. Successful candidates must remain at least 60% of their working days in the Netherlands (as a requirement of tax and social security laws).

 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) € 3974,- up to (maximally) € 5439,- per month (max € 75.906,- all in per year). Following successful performance, successful candidates receive a permanent contract after 18 months.

 Application and Information

The candidate should submit all of the following documents: 

  1. a letter of application, which should include mention of the position you are applying for (position 1, 2, 3 and/or position 4) and may include explanations of any circumstances that you would like to be taken into account when considering your application (e.g., parental leave, etc.). 
  2. a CV, including the names and contact information for two referees. (reference letters will be requested only for shortlisted candidates) 
  3. a teaching dossier. 
  4. a sample syllabus for a 6 ECTS compulsory Philosophy course aimed at 2nd year Bachelor students of International Business Administration, Psychology or Sociology (2 pages suffice); always clearly indicate the selected target student audience.
  5. a writing sample, which may also be a chapter from the PhD thesis. We prefer solo-written papers and papers that demonstrate your capacities and skills as philosopher.
  6. a research plan (preferably max 2 pages).

Applications must be submitted online (see https://tiu.nu/20610). The deadline for applications is 26 August, 2022

We will inform shortlisted candidates, on or before 2 September, 2022. Interviews and test lectures will be held from Monday 12 to Wednesday 14 September 2022, preferably in person but online if necessary. Decisions will be announced before 23 September 2022.

Note for PhD students: your application will only be taken into account if you can provide an official guarantee that your public defense is scheduled before 1 December, 2022.

For inquiries about the positions, please contact the Head of Department, Prof. Dr. Wim Dubbink at [email protected].

For further information, please see the full job advertisement: https://tiu.nu/20610

How to apply
Application type Online
Web address to apply https://tiu.nu/20610
Hard deadline August 26, 2022, 11:59pm CET
Web address for more information https://tiu.nu/20610
Contact name Prof. Wim Dubbink
Contact email
Time created July 28, 2022, 2:41pm UTC
Scheduled expiry date August 26, 2022, 11:59pm CET
Expired on August 28, 2022, 12:46am CET
Last updated October 27, 2022, 3:00pm UTC
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