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Postdoc Kant and/or Kantian Ethics (1.0 FTE) (220452)

Job description

The Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, offers a three-year postdoctoral fellowship funded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO Spinoza Prize), under the supervision of Pauline Kleingeld.

The postdoc will join a research group working on Kant’s practical philosophy and examining new philosophical avenues for defending a Kantian universalist ethics. Within that general area, the postdoc will carry out their own research. We are looking for a researcher with a strong background and research interests in Kant (ethics and/or political philosophy) and/or Kantian ethics.


• PhD prior to appointment
• strong research profile and publication record appropriate to career stage, in relevant research areas in Kant scholarship (esp. Kant’s ethics and/or political theory) or Kantian ethics (or a Kantian account of the relation between ethics and legal/political philosophy).
• ability to work in a collaborative research environment
• excellent command of English; working knowledge of German is strongly preferred
• record of high-quality teaching appropriate to career stage.

Knowledge of Dutch is not required. The University of Groningen is a bilingual university (Dutch and English).


The University of Groningen is an innovative and research-driven institute in the Northern part of The Netherlands. It is an internationally oriented university with 35.000 students and 6.000 employees. The University has a strong international reputation and maintains a firm position in the international university ranking lists.

The Faculty of Philosophy 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.

Conditions of employment

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

• a postdoc salary between € 3,217 and € 4,670 gross per month (scale 10 or 11), depending on qualifications and work experience, for a full-time position; favourable tax agreements may apply to non-Dutch applicants
• a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income an 8.3% end-of-the-year allowance
• a temporary position for three years. The postdoc will devote approx. 80% of their time to their research and approx. 20% to teaching and/or other tasks in support of the programme (e.g., the organisation of workshops).

Starting date: as soon as possible, but no later than 1 September 2021


Applications should include the following documents, combined into ONE FILE in the order below and upload this file as your 'letter of motivation':

• cover letter
• full CV, including a list of publications and presentations, a list of courses taught, and a very brief (max. a half page) summary of your dissertation
• a research statement (no more than 2 pages), including a brief research proposal
• teaching evaluations, if available
• a sample of written work (5.000 to 10.000 words)
• the names and contact details of three academic references (who will be contacted regarding the candidates who are longlisted).

You can submit your application until 1 February 11:59pm / before 2 February 2021 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our University. We strongly encourage applications from female candidates and members of other groups currently underrepresented in academic philosophy. 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. Pauline Kleingeld, pauline.kleingeld

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