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Assistant Professor in Aesthetics

Department for Philosophy and Religious Studies, Utrecht University

Job category Junior faculty / Tenured, continuing or permanent
AOS Aesthetics, Philosophy of Art
AOS categories Aesthetics
AOC Open
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Location Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands
Start date August 1, 2024 (or as soon as possible thereafter)
Job description

The Position: 

We are looking for a colleague who is able to connect their expertise in aesthetics to relevant questions in theoretical philosophy and/or practical philosophy and/or the history of philosophy. You will teach various courses in aesthetics, as well as courses in other subfields of philosophy (depending on your expertise). At the department of Philosophy & Religious Studies, research is embedded in three groups: History of Philosophy, Theoretical Philosophy, and the Ethics Institute. You will be embedded in one or more of these groups, depending on your expertise. Therefore, you are asked to link your research expertise in aesthetics to one or more other subfields and topics in philosophy.

We highly value interdisciplinary collaboration. The successful candidate's research specialisation should facilitate collaborations within one or more of the Utrecht University's research strategic themes (Institutions for Open Societies, Dynamics of Youth, Pathways to Sustainability, Life Sciences) or focus areas. Opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration are also with various other departments and programmes in the Faculty of Humanities where the arts are studied: the department of History and Art History, the department of Languages, Literature, and Communication, and the department of Media and Culture Studies.

We highly value connecting our research and teaching to societal stakeholders, in various forms of public outreach and engagement, collaborative research projects, etc. This is as much a contribution to society as an enrichment of our own fundamental research. We expect you to create an agenda for societal impact for your work in aesthetics.

Your qualities

We are looking for a colleague who has an open and enthusiastic attitude. You have the willingness and ability to contribute actively to the formation of learning communities of staff and students. Except for that, you:

  • hold a completed PhD in Philosophy (or, in exceptional cases, in a closely related field), by the time of appointment;
  • have teaching experience in BA and/or MA programmes and research expertise in the domain of aesthetics in connection to one or more of the following domains: theoretical philosophy, practical philosophy, and history of philosophy;
  • have a research specialisation within Philosophy and Aesthetics, as evidenced by a record (appropriate to career stage) of publications that demonstrates the ability to conduct research which is internationally recognised as contributing to the field;
  • have a realistic medium-term research plan, aiming for publications in leading journals, with potential for obtaining external research funding;
  • display an interdisciplinary attitude: the willingness and ability to contribute to the development of interdisciplinary teaching and research, particularly in the research strategic themes and focus areas listed above;
  • are interested in team teaching and team science;
  • are 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;
  • hold, or are willing to obtain, the Dutch University Teaching Qualification (UTQ; in Dutch: Basiskwalificatie Onderwijs, BKO). The BKO is recognised by all 14 Dutch universities. Candidates who do not yet have a BKO or an international equivalent will receive support to obtain this qualification in the first two years of their appointment;
  • are willing to develop a societal impact agenda related to your academic work in aesthetics research and teaching;
  • have an open and enthusiastic attitude: the willingness and ability to contribute actively to the formation of learning communities of staff and students.

(Personal) leadership and responsibility are part of your job. That is why you recognize yourself in the following core values that are central to the Faculty of Humanities: professionalism, transparency, responsibility, connection and safety. These core values apply to everyone and we uphold these values in our work and in our communication with each other and to others. Read more about our core values and how they translate into concrete behaviour.

We offer…

  • an employment contract for 12 months with the prospect of a permanent contract (upon positive evaluation during the one-year probationary period, the appointment becomes permanent);
  • a working week of 38 hours and a gross monthly salary between €4,332 and €6,737 in the case of full-time employment (salary scale 11-12 under the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU);
  • 8% holiday pay and 8.3% year-end bonus;
  • a pension scheme, partially paid parental leave and flexible terms of employment based on the CAO NU.

The allocation is set to 40% research and 60% teaching. Within the 60% for teaching, there is 10% of unscheduled time.

 In addition to the terms of employment laid down in the CAO NU, Utrecht University has a number of schemes and facilities of its own for employees. Utrecht University works with the TRIPLE model; this makes it possible to recognise and value multi-, inter- and transdisciplinary teaching and research. The model also embraces job diversification and dynamic career paths: there is room to develop your own strengths and look at how you complement and strengthen the team as a whole.

About us

A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major strategic themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Pathways to Sustainability. Sharing science, shaping tomorrow. The Faculty of Humanitieshas around 7,000 students and 1,100 staff members. It comprises four departments: Philosophy and Religious Studies, History and Art History, Media and Culture Studies, and Languages, Literature and Communication.

How to apply
Application type Online
Apply using the "Apply Now" button on the webpage below. We would like to receive the following information with your application: your motivation letter; your CV, including a publication list and the names and contact details of two referees; a concise research plan showing alignment with the research profile of the department, including ideas about how to create societal impact for your research (max. 400 words); a concise teaching statement, outlining your approach to and experience with teaching (max. 400 words); a key publication (max. 20 pages). Interviews will be held on 11 and 14 March (round 1) and 28 March (round 2). Besides an online interview, an in-person interview, a teaching demonstration, or an assessment may be part of the application procedure. Interviews will be held on 11 and 14 March (round 1) and 28 March (round 2). Besides an online interview (in round 1), an in-person interview, a teaching demonstration, or an assessment may be part of the application procedure. Note that the deadline is February 24, 2024 at 11:59pm CENTRAL EUROPEAN TIME.
Web address to apply https://www.uu.nl/en/organisation/working-at-utrec...
Hard deadline Yesterday, 11:59pm CET
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Contact name Prof. Daniel Cohnitz
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Time created January 22, 2024, 8:12pm UTC
Scheduled expiry date Yesterday, 11:59pm CET
Last updated January 22, 2024, 8:12pm UTC
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