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Assistant Professor in the History of Philosophy (0.8 FTE) (220098)

Job description

The Faculty of Philosophy is looking for an assistant professor with expertise in the history of philosophy (18th-21st century, from Kant onwards).

The position is in the Department of the History of Philosophy and includes research (40%) as well as teaching and administrative tasks (60%). The position will become permanent after a period of 2 years conditional on a positive performance review. Ideally, the research of the candidates can complement and strengthen the existing research profile of the Department, and contribute to the lively intellectual life of the faculty as a whole.

The candidate will be expected to teach in the philosophy programme on both BA and MA level. It is crucially important that the candidate can offer courses that will appeal to a broad range of philosophy students, as well as students from a variety of other academic backgrounds.


• PhD in philosophy
• experience and proven success in teaching, preferably on philosophy from the 18th-21st century
• a strong publication record, appropriate to career stage
• concrete plans for a future grant proposal (ERC or NWO)
• an excellent command of English, both in writing and in speaking; knowledge of Dutch is expected after three years (European standard B2 level); teaching in Dutch is expected after 5 years (level C1)
• intellectual drive, enthusiasm and open-mindedness
• international network or record of international collaboration
• a willingness to take up residence in or near the city of Groningen is preferable
• the University of Groningen requires teaching staff to attain the University Teaching Qualification; a successful applicant lacking this qualification (or equivalent) is expected to obtain it within two years, by attending courses at the University.


Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 32,000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Belonging to the best research universities in Europe and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

The Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Groningen is a vibrant, international community of excellent researchers and teachers. It consistently receives the highest evaluations both for research and for teaching among philosophy departments in The Netherlands. The Faculty has three departments: History of Philosophy, Theoretical Philosophy, and Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy.

Conditions of employment

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

• a salary depending on qualifications and work experience starting from a minimum of € 3,637 (salary scale 11) to a maximum of € 5,656 gross (salary scale 12) for a full-time position
• a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income
• an 8.3% year-end bonus
• participation in a pension scheme for employees.

Starting date: September 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.


You may apply for this position until Monday, 20 April 23:59pm / before 21 April 2020 00:00pm Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

We invite you to submit a complete application including:

1. a cover letter containing your motivation for the position
2. CV and list of publications
3. the names and contact details of three referees and an indication whether we can contact them at this stage
4. a sample of written work that is relevant to this position, no more than 8,000 words; it may be a published or unpublished sample and may be an extract from a longer piece
5. teaching evaluations (if available)
6. statement of your research accomplishments and future research goals, with potential to be submitted to a funding agency (no longer than 1000 words).

Skype interviews will probably take place in May 2020. Site visits are scheduled for end of May or early June 2020.

We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. We have adopted an active policy to increase the number of women across all disciplines of the university. Therefore, women are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers,

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.


For information you can contact:

  • Prof. Martin Lenz, m.lenz

Please do not use the e-mail address(es) above for applications.