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Assistant professor (tenure track) history of philosophy (EXPIRED)

Erasmus School of Philosophy, Erasmus University of Rotterdam

Job category Faculty (open rank) / Tenure-track or similar
AOS History of Philosophy
AOS categories History of Philosophy
AOC Philosophy of History
AOC categories History of Philosophy
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Location Rotterdam, South Holland, Netherlands
Job description

Assistant professor (tenure track) history of philosophy (1,0/0,8 fte)

We offer a tenure track position for an assistant professor in the history of philosophy. We will support you to develop yourself from assistant professor to associate professor in a 6-year tenure track. 

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)
Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) is an internationally oriented university with a strong social orientation in its education and research. Our scientists and students work in close collaboration with internal and external parties to solve global, social challenges, inspired by the always dynamic and cosmopolitan Rotterdam. Our mission is therefore "Creating positive societal impact". Our academic education is intensive, active and application-oriented. Our research increasingly takes place in multidisciplinary teams, which are strongly intertwined with international networks. With our research impact and thanks to the high quality of education, EUR can compete with the top European universities. The Erasmian values function as our internal compass and make Erasmus University recognizable to the outside world: engaged with society, world citizen, connecting, entrepreneurial and open-minded.

Erasmus School of Philosophy (ESPhil)
Erasmus School of Philosophy (ESPhil) of Erasmus University Rotterdam is a leading research and teaching institution in the Netherlands. The faculty has a broad international orientation, with many international students and staff members and strong connections with universities abroad. Our research programs are internationally leading in our field. We offer two Master programs (the Master program Philosophy Now and the Research Master Philosophy and Economics) and two Bachelor programs (the BA Philosophy and the Philosophy of a Specific Discipline (second degree) program. Guided by dedicated lecturers, students delve into philosophical topics ranging from philosophy of early Enlightenment up to post-modern continental philosophy, from ethics to philosophy of science and metaphysics. Our curriculum is emphatically involved with the current philosophical and societal debates and our research is internationally leading in our field and addresses four collaborative themes: 

  1. The making of modernity: early Enlightenment and its relevance for today
  2. Human conditions: addressing socio-cultural and technology-driven transitions via engaged reflection
  3. Philosophy and economics: exploring the ethical, methodological and conceptual challenges of economics and their relevance for the global world
  4. The structure of science and reality: addressing fundamental philosophical questions raised by contemporary scientific developments   


Job description
Erasmus School of Philosophy is seeking to appoint an assistant professor in philosophy, in the area of the history of philosophy. The main components of the job, apart from some administrative tasks (10%), will be teaching (50%) and research (40%). The teaching component will involve preparing and teaching courses in the history of philosophy at the undergraduate level as well as supervising students writing their theses. The research component will be in a domain of the history of philosophy.

ESPhil has a strong record in combining academic excellence with societal relevance and the new colleague is expected to contribute to this. Notably, the candidate should contribute to the development of the ESPhil research theme ‘The Making of Modernity’. Moreover, the candidate should be interested in building bridges with other disciplines at EUR and philosophy / humanities scholars at other universities both in the Netherlands and abroad. The candidate is expected to contribute to (a) education (Bachelor programs and Master program Philosophy Now), including the further development of a curriculum that prepares our students for dealing with questions relevant to present-day society; (b) research (via publications, supervision of PhD researchers, methodology development and acquisition of research grants both nationally and internationally), (c) societal deliberation and public debate (public philosophy) and (d) ESPhil as a vibrant intellectual community (via colloquia, meetings, etc.).

Job requirements
The candidate should have acquired a PhD in philosophy and should be interested in contributing to education, research, and societal interaction in accordance with the profile and reputation of ESPhil, that is, the combination of academic excellence with the development of a philosophical perspective on contemporary societal challenges. On the basis of a solid grounding in the history of philosophy, the candidate should be able build bridges between historical research (concerning the legacy of the Enlightenment) and contemporary debates addressing challenges such as the environmental crisis and global justice, building bridges with other schools and disciplines at EUR.

Your experience and profile:

  • You have a PhD degree in Philosophy
  • You are a team player and have excellent collaborative skills for building networks with colleagues and students within the social sciences and the humanities
  • You can formulate (and support students to formulate) philosophical assessments of societal challenges, building on research concerning the making of modernity
  • You have post PhD working experience (preferably two years or more) in an academic environment
  • You hold a Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO) or are willing to acquire one soon.
  • You have a proven track record in research and teaching
  • You have experience with acquisition of funding at national and European levels
  • You are fluent in spoken and written English and Dutch at an academic level, or willing to learn Dutch within two years

Conditions of Employment
An internationally oriented and varied job in an enthusiastic team, with good working conditions in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU).

This position is for 1.0/0.8 fte. The employment starts with a temporary contract for 18 months with the possibility of a permanent position after positive evaluation.

The selected candidate will be offered a contract at the level of Assistant Professor, starting as soon as possible, with the possibility of tenure and promotion to the rank of Associate Professor after 6 years upon successful performance as judged according to specified tenure track conditions.

In accordance with the conditions applied at Erasmus University Rotterdam as indicated in the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO NU) of the Dutch universities, the salary is dependent on the candidate’s experience and is set at a maximum of CAO NU scale 11 with a minimum of € 3.974, - and a maximum of € 5.439,- gross per month, on a fulltime basis. In addition, EUR pays an 8% holiday allowance and an end-of-year payment of 8.3% and offers excellent secondary benefits, like a very generous leave scheme. Furthermore, EUR is affiliated with ABP for the pension provision, and we offer partially paid parental leave. Employees can also use EUR facilities, such as the Erasmus sports center and the University library.

EUR offers a Dual Career Programme (DCP) to assist the life partners of new academic staff (on pay-roll) in finding employment in The Netherlands. The programme is offered in close cooperation with nearby universities of Delft and Leiden.

We particularly encourage members of underrepresented groups to apply: We genuinely value diversity and believe that a diversity of talents contributes to our vision and strategy to excel as a university on research and education. ESPhil is an equal opportunities employer and encourages applications from candidates of all genders, ethnicities, and nationalities. Given the current composition of the ESPhil academic staff and priorities relating to staff diversity, the School especially encourages female candidates, candidates from ethnic minorities and candidates with an international background to apply.

How to apply?
To apply, please send your application package, no later than October 30, 2022, by e-mail to [email protected]. Please mention ‘TT History of Philosophy’ in the subject line. The application package should include one separate file in PDF format:

1. Your file consists of:

  • CV 
  • A short motivation letter that includes ideas for your future research
  • One academic paper / chapter which represents your work

Applicants will be notified during the first week of November whether they are selected for the interviews. Interviews will be held mid-November. A guest lecture for students may be part of the procedure.

Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from prof. dr. Wiep van Bunge ([email protected]).     


How to apply
Application type Email
To apply, please send your application package, no later than October 30, 2022, by e-mail to [email protected]. Please mention ‘TT History of Philosophy’ in the subject line. The application package should include one separate file in PDF format: 1. Your file consists of: • CV • A short motivation letter that includes ideas for your future research • One academic paper / chapter which represents your work
Email to apply
Hard deadline October 30, 2022, 11:59pm CET
Web address for more information http://www.eur.nl/esphil
Contact name Prof.dr. Wiep van Bunge
Contact email
Time created September 30, 2022, 2:38pm UTC
Scheduled expiry date October 30, 2022, 11:59pm CET
Expired on November 1, 2022, 12:46am CET
Last updated December 31, 2022, 3:00pm UTC
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