PhD position Philosophy (1.0 fte)

University of Groningen

Faculty of Philosophy

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 30,000 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-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, and Social and Political Philosophy.

A four-year PhD position is available in the Theoretical Philosophy Department of the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Groningen. (Note that this is in addition to the two three-year PhD scholarships recently advertised by the Faculty).

Job description
Proposals are welcome on topics in philosophy of science, epistemology and/or formal epistemology. Candidates are asked to submit a research proposal (of about two A4 pages) that describes their take on the relevant topic. The candidate will be supervised by Dr Leah Henderson and one or more members of the Department of Theoretical Philosophy.

Applications are especially welcomed that address questions closely related to Leah Henderson's Veni grant funded by the Dutch government (NWO) entitled ‘Weighing evidence reliably’. This project addresses the question of how we should factor considerations about the reliability of sources into our overall procedures for weighing evidence (for more information, see

The successful candidate will be actively involved in the research community of the Department of Theoretical Philosophy. The department has a wide variety of expertise on the themes that could be thesis topics. Candidates are encouraged to look at the website of the department:

Candidates should
- have a master’s degree in philosophy, mathematics, physics, or a related area
- possess excellent English and academic writing skills
- be curious, creative and ambitious
- have strong communication skills.

Conditions of employment
Contract length: 48 months.
The position offered is for four years, unless the successful candidate is judged to be sufficiently advanced in her or his research to make a three-year PhD trajectory feasible, as may be exemplified by having completed a research master in philosophy. The successful candidate will first be offered a temporary position of one year with the option of renewal for another three years (or another two years, in relevant cases). Prolongation of the contract is contingent on sufficient progress in the first year to indicate that a successful completion of the PhD thesis within the contract period is to be expected. The University of Groningen offers a salary of € 2,174 (salary scale PhD students Dutch Universities) gross per month in the first year, up to a maximum of € 2,779 gross per month in the final year, based on a fulltime position, excluding a 8% holiday allowance and a 8.3% end of the year bonus. The position requires residence in Groningen and must result in a PhD thesis within the 3 or 4-year contract period. A PhD training programme is part of the agreement and the successful candidate will be enrolled in the Graduate School of Philosophy. The preferred starting date is 1 November 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter. Application Applications should include: - a letter of motivation (up to one A4 page) - a research proposal (up to two A4 pages) - a curriculum vitae - transcript of master and bachelor degrees - the contact information of three academic referees. If you are shortlisted, you will also be asked for a writing sample of approximately 5000 words. This can be an essay on any philosophical topic, and should demonstrate understanding of a philosophical problem and ability to evaluate philosophical arguments. You may apply for this position until 14 September / before 15 September 2016 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below the advertisement on the university website). Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.
Maximum salary: 2779.

Additional information
For additional information, please contact:
Dr Leah Henderson (only for enquiries about the application procedures)

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 216241

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