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Assistant Professor in the History of Philosophy (0.8 FTE) (221016)

Job description

The Faculty of Philosophy is looking for an assistant professor with expertise in the history of science and history of philosophy.

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, and there is a promotion policy in place to facilitate promotion up to the level of associate professor. Ideally the candidate’s research complements and strengthens the existing research profile of the Department, and contributes 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 levels, including courses on the history of science in the master’s programmes. It is important that the candidate develops and teaches courses that will appeal to a broad range of philosophy students, as well as to students from a variety of other academic backgrounds.


• PhD in philosophy
• experience and proven success in teaching in the relevant areas
• 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); teaching in Dutch is expected after 5 years (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 (staff members are expected to be present at the faculty at least 3 days a week)
• 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 35,000 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 € 3,746 (salary scale 11) to a maximum of € 5,826 gross (salary scale 12) for a full-time position
  • a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income and an 8.3% end-of-the-year allowance and participation in a pension scheme for employees. A fiscal facility pertaining to extraterritorial costs (the 30% facility) may be applicable if the rules of Dutch tax law permit this.

Starting date: August 2021


You may apply for this position until 15 February 23:59 h. / before 16 February 2021 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 which is relevant to this position, not 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 and a 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 the week of 1 March 2021. Depending on the corona situation site visits, planned for short list candidates, may have to be changed into online meetings, in the week of 15 March 2021.

We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. We have adopted an active policy to increase the number of female scientists 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. Lodi Nauta, Chair of the search committee, l.w.nauta

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