Assistant Professor of Moral and Political Philosophy (tenure-track)

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Assistant Professor of Moral and Political Philosophy (tenure-track)
  • Doctorate
FTE: 1

Job description

The department of philosophy of the VU Amsterdam has a vacancy for an assistant professor (tenure-track) in moral and political philosophy. Teaching will be in the philosophy programme as well as in the inter-faculty Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) programme of the VU’s John Stuart Mill College. We are looking for candidates who will contribute to the further development of the philosophy department’s interdisciplinary focus and whose research interests belong to the intersection of philosophy on the one hand, and politics and/or economics on the other. Given the profile of the research group and the PPE programme, candidates with additional expertise in the philosophy of the social sciences or formal reasoning in ethics and political theory are encouraged to apply.

Your duties
  • conduct research that results in scientific publications in high quality journals
  • attract external research funding
  • teach courses in moral and political philosophy for students in the PPE (undergraduate) and Philosophy (undergraduate and graduate) programmes
  • contribute to research in the focal areas of the Department of Philosophy and of the John Stuart Mill College


Candidates have:
  • completed a PhD in  philosophy and a strong publication record in the relevant fields
  • strong teaching skills
  • a relevant international network
  • a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ/BKO) or are willing to obtain such a qualification within the first two years of your appointment
  • mastery of English at CEFR C1/C2 level

What are we offering?

We offer a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor initially for the duration of 5 years. During the tenure track, you devote 30% of your working hours to research, 60% to teaching and 10% to management. Tenure can be achieved if the faculty criteria for Assistant Professor are fulfilled. For the duration of the tenure track, performance will be evaluated in terms of teaching, publication record, and attempts to acquire research funding either individually or in consortia. After a successful evaluation, permanent employment will be granted.

On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €3,637 (scale 11) and a maximum €4,978 (scale 11), depending on your education and experience. The job profile is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for 1 FTE.

Additionally, the 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)
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • optional model for designing a personalised 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. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavour – from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 26,000 students. We employ over 4,600 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

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. 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.

Department of Philosophy
The VU Department of Philosophy has a strong interdisciplinary profile in research and education. The Department has approximately 20 staff members and 40 PhD students. The staff members form the essential basis for the functioning of the department. A new staff member is required to make significant contributions to the research and education programs, and to spend effort on specific tasks at the department level.


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until 10 May 2020.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:
Name: Martin van Hees
Position: Professor of Ethics

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