Assistant Professor in Ethics (1.0 FTE)

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Assistant Professor in Ethics (1.0 FTE)

Job description

Utrecht University offers an Assistant Professor position in Practical Philosophy, with a specialization in ethics. The position is situated within the Ethics Institute , which is part of the Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies. The Assistant Professor‘s teaching time will be spent primarily in the BA programme in Philosophy, MA programme in Applied Ethics, and Research Master's Programme in Philosophy. If suitable, the Assistant Professor may also teach in some of the interdisciplinary minors, in-service teaching at other faculties and/or the interdisciplinary BA programme in PPE. In addition to teaching these courses, the Assistant Professor will be involved in the supervision of internships and theses and in tutoring students. The Assistant Professor will also have some administrative responsibilities and may be expected to represent the Ethics Institute in courses and committees with respect to academic integrity or research ethics.

The Assistant Professor’s research is in normative ethics, meta-ethics and/or applied ethics. The Ethics Institute highly values candidates whose research combines solid theoretical/philosophical reflection with the well-informed consideration of diverse contexts of application. An interdisciplinary approach, connecting philosophical theory to theories and findings from other disciplines, is highly valued. The successful candidate’s research specialization should facilitate collaborations within one or more of the Utrecht University’s research strategic themes (Institutions for Open Societies, Dynamics of Youth, or Pathways to Sustainability) or focus areas (One Health, Professional Performance). An interest in participating in the new interuniversity Gravitation programme Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies would be particularly welcome.


The successful candidate will have:

  • a doctorate in philosophy or a closely related discipline by the time of appointment;
  • a demonstrable general knowledge of the field of ethics, as specified above;
  • a research specialization within this field, as evidenced by a realistic medium-term research plan, aiming for publications in leading journals, with potential for attracting/securing external research funding;
  • a record (appropriate to career stage) of publications that demonstrates the ability to conduct research which is internationally recognized as contributing to the field;
  • an interdisciplinary attitude: the willingness and abilities to contribute to the development of interdisciplinary teaching and research, particularly in the research strategic themes and focus areas listed above;
  • an open and enthusiastic attitude: the willingness and abilities to contribute actively to the formation of learning communities of staff and students;
  • experience with teaching in undergraduate and/or graduate (BA and/or MA) programmes. A university teaching qualification (BKO) is desired, but not required. In case the candidate does not have one, he/she will be expected to follow the procedure for obtaining the qualification within one year of appointment;
  • a willingness and ability to connect to social/professional practices and public debates; and a proven ability to engage with international developments and societal challenges reaching beyond borders;
  • willingness and ability to represent the Ethics Institute in courses and committees with respect to academic integrity;
  • good communication and coordination/organization skills;
  • proficiency in spoken and written English;
  • the ability to teach in Dutch after two years (language courses are available).

The Ethics Institute encourages applications from women, scholars with disabilities, scholars from minority backgrounds, and other persons from groups that are currently underrepresented in philosophy.


We offer a position (1.0 FTE) for a period of two years, starting on 1 August 2021 at the latest. Upon satisfactory performance in the two-year probationary period, this position will become a permanent appointment. The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience  - ranges between €3,491 and €5,127 (scale 10/11 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year. In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions  (multiple choice model). More information about working at Utrecht University can be found here.

About the organization

A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University , the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

The Faculty of Humanities  has around 6,000 students and 900 staff members. It comprises four knowledge domains: Philosophy and Religious Studies, History and Art History, Media and Culture Studies, and Languages, Literature and Communication. With its research and education in these fields, the Faculty aims to contribute to a better understanding of the Netherlands and Europe in a rapidly changing social and cultural context. The enthusiastic and committed colleagues and the excellent amenities in the historical city center of Utrecht, where the Faculty is housed, contribute to an inspiring working environment.

Additional information

For more information about this position, please contact Professor R.J.G. Claassen , at

Apply Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. To apply, please send your curriculum vitae, including a letter of motivation via the ‘apply’ button below.

The application should include:

  • a cover letter (max one page);
  • a curriculum vitae, including a list of your publications. Please include at the end the names and contact details of two referees whom we may contact (max 4 pages);
  • a research plan indicating plans for roughly the next 5 years (max 2 pages);
  • a teaching statement, outlining the candidate’s views on/experience with teaching (max 2 pages);
  • a key publication (max. 20 pages);
  • two course evaluations (if you have any).

Interviews will be scheduled on 15 and 16 April 2021 and are likely to be conducted online, via Teams.

The application deadline is 20/03/2021
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