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Assistant professor (tenure track) Philosophy of Media and Technology (EXPIRED)

Erasmus School of Philosophy, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Job category Junior faculty / Tenure-track or similar
AOS Philosophy of Media and Technology
AOS categories Philosophy of Gender
Social and Political Philosophy
AOC Philosophy of Media and Technology
AOC categories Philosophy of Gender
Social and Political Philosophy
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Location Rotterdam, South Holland, Netherlands
Job description

Assistant professor (tenure track) Philosophy of Media and Technology (1,0/0,8 fte)

We offer a tenure track position for an assistant professor in the philosophy of media and technology. 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:

 The making of modernity: early Enlightenment and its relevance for today

  1. Human conditions: addressing socio-cultural and technology-driven transitions via engaged reflection
  2. Philosophy and economics: exploring the ethical, methodological and conceptual challenges of economics and their relevance for the global world
  3. 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 Philosophy of Media and Technology. The main components of the job, besides administrative tasks (10%), will be teaching (50%) and research (40%). The teaching component will involve preparing and teaching courses in contemporary philosophy and philosophy of media and technology at the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as supervising students writing their theses. The research component will address contemporary technological developments and their societal ramifications, such as the new media ecology of democratic life, the potentially disruptive effects of blockchain technologies, the transparency of AI and algorithmic governance, the influence of technology on the ecology of attention, and the changing role of privacy and personal identity, as well as changes in the socio-technical imaginaries of the human and in the role of the humanities in times of digitalization. The candidate is expected to contribute to Bachelor programs, the Master programs Philosophy Now and research (via publications, supervision of PhD researchers, methodology development and acquisition of research grants both nationally and internationally. Also, the candidate is expected to participate in societal deliberation and public debate (public philosophy) as well as in our 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 20th and 21st contemporary philosophy spanning post-structuralism, critical theory, phenomenology, and pragmatism, as well as a specialization in philosophy of media and/or technology, the candidate is able to formulate (and support students to formulate) philosophical responses to societal challenges while also drawing on practical, normative and cultural perspectives such as Marxism, gender theory, and postcolonial theory. Moreover, the candidate should be interested in building bridges with other disciplines at EUR (notably within the social sciences and the humanities) and in the broader context for inter-university collaboration (Erasmus MC, TU Delft, Resilient Delta).

 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 perspectives such as new materialism, gender theory, postcolonial theory, critical/transformative pedagogies, and artistic research
  • 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 Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU).

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 candidates from an ethnic minority, candidates with an international background, and female candidates 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 Philosophy of Media and Technology’ 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 in 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. Sjoerd van Tuinen ([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 Philosophy of Media and Technology’ 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://eur.nl/esphil
Contact name dr. Sjoerd van Tuinen
Contact email
Time created September 30, 2022, 2:32pm 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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