Assistant Professor of Political Philosophy and/or Philosophical Ethics, with expertise in the Philosophy of Technology (tenure track) (1.0 FTE)

Updated: 2 months ago

  • Employment: 1.0 FTE
  • Gross monthly salary: € 3,821 - € 5,230
  • Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies
  • Required background: PhD
  • Application deadline: 8 June 2022

Are you a motivated researcher in the field of the  philosophy of technology as well as an inspiring teacher? As assistant professor, you will help students develop their knowledge and conduct research on ethics and/or political philosophy. This way, you will contribute to the education of the new generation and to new insights in your field.

The Department of Ethics and Political Philosophy seeks to strengthen its teaching and research expertise in the field of Philosophy of Technology. Digitalisation is giving rise to a range of ethical and philosophical challenges: from algorithmic discrimination to the automation of work and the growing power of platforms. We are therefore looking for an Assistant Professor of Political Philosophy and/or Ethics with expertise in the Philosophy of Technology who, together with their colleagues at the department and beyond, will focus on these contemporary challenges, both in teaching and research. The position will consist of 50% teaching, 45% research and 5% administration. 

You should have a broad background in ethics and/or political philosophy with a passion for teaching that will enable you to teach a variety of courses offered in the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies, including service courses offered to other faculties. You will teach courses in ethics and/or political philosophy as well as in philosophy of technology, for example in the international BA programme 'Philosophy, Politics and Society' and supervise BA and MA theses in philosophy. In your research, the philosophy of technology (or related subfields such as the ethics of technology, digitalisation or critical data studies) plays an important role, alongside other themes of ethics and/or political philosophy. We will expect you to collaborate with colleagues in and outside the department, for example in Radboud's interdisciplinary research center on the impacts of digitalisation on society, the iHub. You will play an active role in departmental activities and in the new Radboud Centre for Philosophy and Society, such as organising research meetings, and participating in grant applications and other administrative tasks.

  • You hold a PhD in ethics and/or political philosophy with a research focus on the philosophy of technology or related subfields.
  • You are an inspiring teacher, preferably with experience at both BA and MA level.
  • You are proficient in Dutch (C2 level) and English (C1 level) or have willingness to achieve these levels within two years. Obtaining these levels and being able to teach in both languages is a criterion for tenure.
  • You are preferably in possession of the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) or are willing to obtain it within two years.
  • You enjoy working as part of a multidisciplinary research group.

We are

The Department of Philosophical Ethics and Political Philosophy is part of the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies at Radboud University. The faculty is a compact, ambitious organisation with over 160 staff members, housed in eight academic departments and the supporting office, and over 1,000 students. Our educational programme includes several top-notch courses in both in-depth disciplinary fields of study and interdisciplinary and interfaculty studies. The faculty has innovative education and research programmes with a strong focus on current societal issues. 

The Department makes an essential contribution to the Faculty's teaching and is also very active in service teaching at other faculties of Radboud University. Our research is housed in the newly opened Radboud Center for Philosophy and Society (RCPS). The RCPS positions itself at the intersection of philosophy and society. It draws on multiple philosophical traditions within ethics and political philosophy, as well as other disciplines, to address societal challenges. Research lines include democracy and contestation, the ethics and politics of digitalization, integrity and healthcare, critical philosophy of race, and environmental ethics.

The Department works very closely with iHub, Radboud University's interfaculty Interdisciplinary Hub for Digitalisation and Society . iHub brings together researchers from various disciplines, including philosophy, computer science, law and social sciences, and focusses on the promotion of public values in digital society. iHub's research areas include the ethics of artificial intelligence, the 'Googlisation' of healthcare, and fake news and democracy. iHub also includes a lab for the development of value-driven technologies.

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
  • Employment for 1.0 FTE.
  • The gross monthly salary amounts to a minimum of €3,821 and a maximum of €5,230 based on a 38-hour working week, depending on previous education and number of years of relevant work experience (salary scale 11 ). A career track and growth to salary scale 12 is possible. 
  • You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • It concerns a temporary employment for 18 months. Upon a positive performance evaluation at the end of this period, the contract may be converted into a permanent one.
  • 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 29 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. Tamar Sharon, Chair of the department and co-director of iHub at .

Practical information and applications
You can apply until 8 June 2022, exclusively using the button below. Kindly address your application to Prof. Tamar Sharon. Please fill in the application form and attach the following documents:
  • A letter of motivation.
  • Your CV with publication list and the names and contact details of at least 2 referees.
  • Two publications relevant to this position.
You would preferably begin employment on 1 September 2022.
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