Professor of Ethics and Sustainability

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Professor of Ethics and Sustainability
  • Doctorate
Are you a thought leader in Ethics and Sustainability with a strong record research and experience with leading a unit at a university? Then please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

FTE: 0.6

Job description

Within the Business, Governance & Society department, the new Chair will lead the group  focusing on Ethics and Sustainability, brought together under the roof of the VU Amsterdam Center of Business Ethics and Sustainable Enterprise. The chair will be the linking pin to the VU's thematic focus ons Sustainability in Science and will be active in Executive Education (EE), assisting and advising the Associate Dean of Executive Education to bring EE further. 


  • a PhD degree and a strong record in research, proven by recent publications in leading international scientific journals, proven by recent publications in leading international scientific journals, professional publications and in authored or edited books with established academic publishers
  • ability to lead and energize the Center, mentor junior colleagues, build bridges to the outside world and initiate innovative portfolio development
  • a proven and strong record in leading a unit at a university, preferably in the area off Business, and with proven expertise in Business Ethics and/or Sustainable Enterprise
  • Able to relate effectively with practitioners and translate insights form research into recommendations and applications for practitioners and in executive teaching
  • A strong external network evident in joint work, program development, contract research or other outward-oriented activities

What are we offering?

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €5,582 (H2)
and a maximum €8,127 (H2), depending on your education and experience. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.6 FTE.

The initial employment contract will affect a period of 5 years, with the possibility of extension.
Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment,
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus,
  • solid pension scheme (ABP)

About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. And to be a university where personal education and societal involvement play a leading role. Where people from different disciplines and backgrounds work together on innovations and on generating new knowledge. Our teaching and research embrace the whole spectrum of science – from the humanities, the social sciences and the pure sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 26,500 students. We employ more than 4,600 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible, located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

Diversity is one of our university’s core values. We are an inclusive community, and we believe that diversity and international activities enhance the quality of education and research. We are always looking for people who can enhance diversity on our campus thanks to their background and experience.

School of Business and Economics
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) provides high-quality education and excellent research in business administration and economics with a focus on contributing to the social, economic and ecological challenges of our time. Whether it is the use of robots in society or big data, labour market participation or flexibility in the labour market, traffic jams or the housing market, flash crashes in the stock market or choice behaviour in gambling, leadership or change management: we believe in goal-oriented scientific research and understand that progress in academics, the business community and society is achieved through cooperation, openness and social responsibility.

At SBE, all of our highly-motivated colleagues work together closely in a stimulating, dynamic and international environment to achieve our collective goal of encouraging society to make informed choices. Approximately 4,200 Bachelor’s and Master’s students and 1,700 executive students are enrolled at the School, and employs roughly 500 people.

About the department
Business, Governance & Society is the newest department of SBE. BGS is a new department that is established with the aim to bring together expertise focused on and specialized in cross-fertilization with disciplines from outside SBE. At the start, the heart of the department is composed of four “rooms”: the VU Amsterdam Center for Formal Methods and Management Theory, the VU Amsterdam Center for Business Ethics and Sustainable Enterprise, the core of the SBE contribution to the VU School of Governance, and the group focusing on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Entrepreneurship. All four “rooms” share a dedicated focus to cross-fertilize, in all activities, with disciplines from outside SBE. Moreover, within the department, research and teaching are seen as mutually supportive, both in tandem with valorization. The department strives for excellence in research by making a strong contribution to international scholarly debates, particularly at the interface of different disciplines. At the same time, the department stimulates innovative and progressive teaching methods and close interaction with students, and actively seeks to develop cross-disciplinary educational programs.


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until 20/02/2020.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: K. Wiegman
Position: HRM SBE

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