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Assistant Professor of Philosophy of AI (EXPIRED)

Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies, Utrecht University

Job category Junior faculty / Tenured, continuing or permanent
AOS Philosophy of AI
AOS categories Metaphysics
Metaphysics and Epistemology
Philosophy of Action
Philosophy of Language
Philosophy of Mind
Decision Theory
Philosophy of Cognitive Science
Philosophy of Computing
Applied Ethics
Normative Ethics
Philosophy of Law
Social and Political Philosophy
AOC Open
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Organization's reference number 1203667
Location Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands
Start date 1 August 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.
Job description

We are looking for a new colleague who specializes in philosophical issues of AI at the intersection of theoretical philosophy (e.g. epistemology, philosophy of science, philosophy of language, metaphysics, etc.) and practical philosophy (ethics, political philosophy, moral psychology, etc.). We invite applications from philosophers with an interdisciplinary orientation to collaborating with computer scientists, linguists, legal theorists, psychologists, data scientists, etc. on various aspects of AI (e.g. AI safety and alignment, explainable and responsible AI, and the socially disruptive effects of AI technologies). You will conduct research and teach courses in practical and theoretical philosophy at all levels in our philosophy programs, and to contribute to our interdisciplinary degree programs in artificial intelligence.


We are looking for a colleague who:

  • has teaching and research expertise in Philosophy of AI;
  • holds a completed PhD (prior to appointment) in philosophy or other relevant field;
  • has a vision on, and perhaps experience with, ways to link that domain in teaching and/or research with other knowledge domains, based on an articulated teaching and research philosophy (multi-, inter- or transdisciplinarity);
  • has an open attitude and is able to switch easily within multidisciplinary and interprofessional teams;
  • is interested in team teaching and team science to address social issues.

The candidate appointed to this position will be expected, in due course, to be able to teach in Dutch and English. International candidates will be helped to acquire Dutch language skills in the first two years of their appointment.

Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We therefore welcome staff from a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives, regardless of race, skin colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, origin, disability, neurodiversity or age.

About the organization

This position is in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, which hosts the Theoretical Philosophy group and the Ethics Institute. In this position you will be affiliated with both of these groups, participating with colleagues from both theoretical and practical philosophy in educational programmes (including MA Artificial IntelligenceBA Kunstmatige intelligentieBSc PPE, and MA Applied Ethics) and research collaborations, including the University's the Focus Areas on Human-centered AI and Governing the Digital Society, the Centre for Digital Humanities,  and the inter-university consortium on the Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technology.

More information about this position (and the 8 other Philosophy positions currently being advertised), see FAQ Vacancies in Philosophy - Utrecht University


We offer a full-time position (1.0 FTE). Upon positive evaluation during the one-year probationary period, the appointment becomes permanent. The allocation is permanently set to 40% research and 60% teaching. Within the 60% for teaching, there is 10% free space that will not be scheduled. The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience - ranges between €3,974 and €6,181 (scale 11-12 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year. In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). For more information, please visit working at Utrecht University.

How to apply
Application type Online
Full instructions can be found on the web page for this position. Apply using the "Apply Now" button at the bottom of that webpage. We would like to receive the following information with your application: (1) your motivation letter; (2) your CV and publication list; (3) a concise research plan showing alignment with the research profile of the department/team (max. 400 words). (4) a concise a teaching statement, outlining your approach to and experience with teaching (max. 400 words); (5) a key publication (max. 20 pages).
Web address to apply https://www.uu.nl/en/organisation/working-at-utrec...
Hard deadline February 26, 2023, 11:59pm CET
Web address for more information https://www.uu.nl/en/organisation/working-at-utrec...
Contact name Daniel Cohnitz
Contact email
Time created January 31, 2023, 4:48pm UTC
Scheduled expiry date February 26, 2023, 11:59pm CET
Expired on February 28, 2023, 12:46am CET
Last updated April 29, 2023, 3:00pm UTC
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The timing is tied to the specific implementation, by the Faculty of Humanities at Utrecht University, of an initiative to increase staffing within higher education in The Netherlands, funded by the Ministry of Education.