PhD student / Junior Lecturer PPE

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • PhD student / Junior Lecturer PPE
  • University Graduate
FTE: 0.8 - 1

Job description

Since its founding in 2016, John Stuart Mill College of VU Amsterdam offers an international bachelor programme in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE). The PPE programme ( is a joint initiative of three faculties of VU Amsterdam. We are seeking candidates for a PhD-candidate/junior lecturer with full employment benefits. As one of the PhD candidates/junior lecturers you will teach seminars within the College, play an active role in the PPE-community, and conduct research that results in a PhD dissertation.

Your duties
The position involves 50% teaching and 50% research time. In the role of junior lecturer you will support senior teaching staff by leading small group seminars. Candidates will also have a role as student tutors. Successful candidates will demonstrate an ability to play an active role in the John Stuart Mill College’s social and intellectual life, as well as an aptitude for student supervision. In the role of researcher, applicants will complete a PhD dissertation on a topic that falls within the interdisciplinary scope of PPE.


  • a completed (research) master degree in either philosophy, politics, or economics, or (preferably) an interdisciplinary programme combining PPE disciplines
  • excellent research and writing skills
  • excellent command of the English language
  • the ability to work in a team as well as independently
  • the ability to work in an interdisciplinary and multicultural environment
  • a willingness to actively contribute to the community life of the John Stuart Mill College

What are we offering?

We offer an exciting opportunity to contribute to an ambitious and international bachelor programme with highly motivated students and to conduct your own research project at a renowned research university. You will receive appropriate training, personal supervision, and guidance for both your research and teaching tasks, providing an excellent start to an academic career.
The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel and amounts €2,325 (PhD) per month during the first year and increases to €2,972 (PhD) per month from the fourth year, based on a full-time employment. The job profile is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for 0,8 fte or 1,0 fte.
The initial appointment will be for 1 year. Subject to a satisfactory evaluation, the contract will be extended for a total duration of 5 years in case of 1,0 fte or 6 years in case of 0,8 fte. The starting date will be between 1 June and 1 September 2020.
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
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package

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.

Faculty of Humanities
The Faculty of Humanities links a number of fields of study: Language, Literature and Communication, Art & Culture, History, Antiquities and Philosophy. Our teaching and research focus on current societal and scientific themes: from artificial intelligence to visual culture, from urbanization to the history of slavery, from ‘fake news’ in journalism to communication in organizations. We strive to ensure small group sizes. Innovative education and interdisciplinary research are our hallmarks.

Working at the Faculty of Humanities means making a real contribution to the quality of leading education and research in an inspiring and personal work and study climate. We employ more than 250 staff members, and we are home to around 1,300 students.


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until 1 March 2020

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

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

Name: dr. R.I. Luttens
Position: Coördinator PPE
Telephone: +31 20 59 82403

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