Teacher in Theoretical Philosophy (0.7 FTE)

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 20 Jun 2022

Teacher in Theoretical Philosophy (0.7 FTE) (222354)
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Job description

We are searching for a lecturer in theoretical philosophy who can: (1) co-teach a course Philosophy of Mind for second year students in the bachelor programme Philosophy; (2) teach an introductory course Philosophy of Science for students who take a minor in philosophy; (3) supervise theses; (4) teach seminars with a focus on writing skills.

  • the position concerns teaching only. It does not include research time
  • the position is part-time, for 0.7 FTE. Depending on the responses, we can decide to distribute the teaching tasks over two individuals
  • starting date: 1 September 2022, at the latest
  • this concerns a temporary position, for 12 months. There is the possibility of renewal for one more year
  • teaching takes place in person.

During the courses, teaching assistants can lead seminar groups and help with administrative tasks. At the faculty, educational support is available.


The candidate we are looking for has:

  • a PhD in philosophy
  • in-depth expertise in philosophy of mind, or in philosophy of science
  • experience in teaching at university
  • intellectual drive, enthusiasm and open-mindedness
  • excellent communication and coordination skills
  • an excellent command of English, both in writing and in speaking; knowledge of Dutch is preferable but not required.

The committee seeks to achieve a balanced composition of the departmental team with respect to gender and cultural diversity.


Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative center of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 36,000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Belonging to the best research universities in Europe and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

The Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Groningen 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. For information about the Faculty and the departments and their members, see http://www.rug.nl/filosofie/organization/ .

Conditions of employment

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

  • a salary depending on qualifications and work experience starting from a minimum of € 2,846 (salary scale 10) to a maximum of € 5,230 gross (salary scale 11, job profile teacher/docent)
  • a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income
  • an 8.3% end-of-the-year allowance
  • participation in a pension scheme for employees.

A fiscal facility pertaining to extraterritorial costs (the 30% facility) may be applicable if the rules of Dutch tax law permit this.


We strongly encourage applications from female candidates and members of other groups currently underrepresented in academic philosophy.

You may apply for this position until 19 June 23:59pm / before 20 June 2022 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

The application should include the following:

1. a cover letter containing your motivation for the position.
2. CV and list of publications.
3. the names and contact details of three referees.
4. teaching evaluations if available, or else a teaching statement (on one A4).

Interviews will take place late June or early July, in vivo or through video calls.

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: https://www.rug.nl/(...)rsity-and-inclusion/

Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP): https://www.nvp-hrnetwerk.nl/sollicitatiecode/ and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers: https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/charter/code

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For information you can contact:

  • Dr J. A. (Jan Albert) van Laar, Chair of the Search Committee, j.a.van.laar@rug.nl

Please do not use the e-mail address(es) above for applications.


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