Post-doc in Political Philosophy (1.0 FTE)

Updated: 14 days ago
Deadline: 03 Jun 2024

Post-doc in Political Philosophy (1.0 FTE) (V24.0269)
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Job description

This is a one-year research-oriented postdoc position in the project “The political philosophy of work – expanding our vision” under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Lisa Herzog. In a nutshell, this project wants to rethink the nature and role of work in our lives by looking at historical accounts from the history of philosophy and at non-Western ways of thinking about work, to try to uncover, and potentially challenge, the basic assumptions about “work” that are taken for granted both in political philosophy and in social practices in Western countries. The aim is to reconceptualize “work” in ways that are compatible with climate justice and global justice, and that are not tied to problematic assumptions about economic growth or exploitative relations to nature. Familiarity with non-Western philosophical traditions and willingness and ability to work across disciplinary boundaries are therefore a plus in the application.

The postdoc will do his or her own research on aspects of this topic in collaboration with Prof. Herzog, and help organize academic events for the project.

The University of Groningen is an innovative and research-driven institute in the Northern part of the Netherlands. It is an internationally oriented university with 34,000 students and 6,500 employees. Quality is a top priority and as a consequence, the University has a strong international reputation and maintains a firm position in the international university ranking lists.
The Faculty of Philosophy is a vibrant, international community of excellent researchers and teachers. It consistently receives the highest evaluations both for research and for teaching among philosophy departments in the Netherlands. The Faculty has three departments: History of Philosophy, Theoretical Philosophy, and Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy. Moreover, the interdisciplinary Center for Philosophy, Politics and Economics is a meeting space for researchers from different disciplines to exchange ideas and learn from each other.

We are looking for a postdoc (1 year) in political philosophy, within the department of Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy.

  • PhD prior to appointment
  • strong research profile and publication record appropriate to career stage
  • excellent command of English
  • proven ability to integrate insights from other disciplines (e.g., sociology, anthropology into philosophical work).

Conditions of employment

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities

  • a salary depending on qualifications and work experience of candidates ranging from a minimum of € 3,226 gross per month to a maximum of € 5,090 gross per month for a full-time position, for one year (salary scale 10, combination profile researcher/lecturer)
  • an 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% year-end bonus and participation in a pension scheme for employees; favourable tax agreements may apply to non-Dutch applicants.

Starting date: 1 September 2024


Applications should include the following

  • short cover letter
  • full CV, including a list of publications and presentations
  • a brief research statement (no more than 2 pages) that explains the candidate’s interest in the topic and the approaches he/she would like to take within the project,
  • a sample of written work (5,000 to 10,000 words)
  • the names and contact details of three academic references (who will be contacted regarding the candidates who are taken into closer consideration).

You can submit your application until June 2, 2024, 11:59pm Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (please click on the 'apply' button at the bottom of the page). Please combine all materials into one file and upload your file in the system as a letter of motivation.

Online interviews will be held on June 13. We hope to make the final decision by the end of June.

The University of Groningen strives to be a university in which students and staff are respected and feel at home, regardless of differences in background, experiences, perspectives, and identities. We believe that working on our core values of inclusion and equality are a joint responsibility and we are constructively working on creating a socially safe environment. Diversity among students and staff members enriches academic debate and contributes to the quality of our teaching and research. We therefore invite applicants from underrepresented groups in particular to apply. For more information, see also our diversity policy webpage:

Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP): and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers:

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