Assistant Professor of Philosophy of Science

Updated: 11 days ago
Deadline: 12 Mar 2023

0.8 - 1.0 FTE

Gross monthly salary
€ 3,974 - € 5,439

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Organizational unit
Faculty of Science

Application deadline
12 March 2023

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Are you an enthusiastic philosopher of science with a strong interest in the philosophy of physics? And do the broader ethical and societal dimensions of the natural sciences fascinate you? Then this exciting opportunity to join our institute as an assistant professor could be for you. You will be part of a newly established research group where you can exchange ideas with historians, philosophers and mathematical physicists.
The Institute for Science in Society (ISiS) invites candidates for a new position as (initially) Assistant Professor of Philosophy of Science, who will strengthen the teaching and research expertise of our Institute and whose research will contribute to the new project on determinism, randomness and emergence in modern physics led by Spinoza laureate Prof. Klaas Landsman. Accordingly, you should be well versed in the philosophy of science, especially in relation to modern physics, and have high-level expertise in one or more of the following areas: quantum theory, general relativity, and/or statistical mechanics. Moreover, as a philosopher you have a broad interest in conceptual as well as ethical and societal issues related to science and technology. You are willing and able to work in an interdisciplinary team and collaborate both with social scientists (at ISiS and elsewhere) and natural scientists (at the Faculty of Science and elsewhere).
As an Assistant Professor of Philosophy of Science you will teach courses in philosophy of science and technology to science students at BSc and MSc levels. In addition, you will supervise or co-supervise students writing their theses, for example MSc students in our Science in Society programme and physics, mathematics or philosophy students writing on interdisciplinary topics. Next to teaching, you will carry out high-quality, internationally visible research. You will be expected to publish in reputable international journals and attract external research funding from governmental, European and/or private institutions. Moreover, you will supervise or co-supervise PhD candidates, build international networks, and contribute to management and administration tasks.

  • You hold a PhD degree in either philosophy with a strong inclination towards physics, or in physics with a strong philosophical angle, preferably with a focus on the philosophy of modern physics.
  • You have the ability to carry out high-quality research that fits the theme (as shown by publications in internationally recognised journals).
  • You have teaching experience (preferably in philosophical education for science students) and experience with supervising thesis writing.
  • You have a demonstrable interest in ISiS's mission to analyse, assess and improve the societal embedding of science and technology.
  • You have a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) or equivalent, or the willingness to obtain such a qualification within two years.
  • You have excellent English language skills and a willingness to learn Dutch within two years (if applicable).

We are

The Institute for Science in Society  (ISiS) is embedded in The Faculty of Science  (FNWI) of Radboud University. FNWI is responsible for research and teaching in biology, physics, astronomy, chemistry, mathematics and computer sciences. FNWI encompasses seven research institutes, one of them being the Institute for Science in Society. ISiS collaborates with the other FNWI institutes in both research and education. Our mission is to analyse, assess and improve the societal embedding of science and technology. Focusing on societal, philosophical and ethical aspects of the natural sciences, ISiS identifies, analyses and articulates issues related to clashing worldviews; studies the interaction between scientists and societal groups with a focus on the construction and use of knowledge; and makes strategic contributions through public debate and policy advice. ISiS is responsible for the MSc specialisation in Science in Society accessible to MSc Science students and contributes to the interdisciplinary sustainability education programme.

Radboud University

We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 24,000 students and 5,600 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!
We offer
  • It concerns an employment for 0.8 - 1.0 FTE.
  • The gross monthly salary amounts to a minimum of €3,974 and a maximum of €5,439 based on a 38-hour working week, depending on previous education and number of years of relevant work experience (salary scale 11 ).
  • At the start of your employment you will be appointed as Assistant Professor level 2 (salary scale 11 ) on a career track towards promotion to Assistant Professor level 1 (salary scale, 12 maximum € 6,181). The performance criteria and duration of the career track will be tailored to your background and track record.
  • You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • You will be employed on the basis of a temporary contract for 18 months with the prospect of a permanent contract in case of a positive evaluation of your performance.
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services . Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
  • Working for us means getting extra days off. In case of full-time employment, you can choose between 30 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the legally allotted 20.

Additional employment conditions
Work and science require good employment practices. This is reflected in Radboud University's primary and secondary employment conditions . You can make arrangements for the best possible work-life balance with flexible working hours, various leave arrangements and working from home. You are also able to compose part of your employment conditions yourself, for example, exchange income for extra leave days and receive a reimbursement for your sports subscription. And of course, we offer a good pension plan. You are given plenty of room and responsibility to develop your talents and realise your ambitions. Therefore, we provide various training and development schemes.
Would you like more information?
For questions about the position, please contact Prof. dr H.W. de Regt, Professor at .  Alternatively, you can contact Prof. dr N.P. Landsman, Professor at .
Practical information and applying
You can apply until 12 March 2023, exclusively using the button below. Kindly address your application to Prof. dr H.W. de Regt. Please fill in the application form and attach the following documents:
  • A letter of motivation.
  • Your CV, with a publication list and the names and contact details of at least two referees.
The first round of interviews will take place on Thursday 30 March and Tuesday 4 April.
You would preferably begin employment as soon as possible.
We can imagine you're curious about our application procedure . It offers a rough outline of what you can expect during the application process, how we handle your personal data and how we deal with internal and external candidates.
Apply now Application deadline 12 March 2023

We would like to recruit our new colleague ourselves. Acquisition in response to this vacancy will not be appreciated.

Prof. Regt, H.W. de (Henk)
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