PhD position Gendered Complicity as Motivated Ignorance (1.0 FTE)


Faculty of Philosophy


University of Groningen

The University of Groningen, founded in 1614, is an internationally oriented university with 35.000 students and 6.000 employees. The University has a strong 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 for research among philosophy departments in The Netherlands.

Job description

This is a four-year fully funded PhD position, for a PhD candidate to carry out the research project titled ‘Gendered Complicity as Motivated Ignorance: Shared Responsibility in Cases of Oppression’. The aim of this project is to develop a deeper philosophical understanding of complicity as it relates to gender oppression. In collaboration with social psychologists, the project aims to explore the responsibility complicit agents can be said to have for perpetuating their own oppression and the oppression of others, even if their complicity may in some way be unintentional or ‘unknowing’. For a detailed project description, see:

The project is part of the transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary research programme SCOOP: Roadmaps to Resilient Societies (see: SCOOP is a research and training centre dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of sustainable cooperation as a key feature of resilient societies. SCOOP brings together researchers of the University of Groningen, Utrecht University, VU Amsterdam, Erasmus University Rotterdam, and Radboud University Nijmegen.

The PhD student will participate in the SCOOP PhD training programme, see: The PhD candidate will be part of the Graduate School of the Faculty of Philosophy and work under the supervision of Dr. Charlotte Knowles (primary supervisor), Prof. Pauline Kleingeld, and Prof. Ernestine Gordijn


• MA degree in philosophy (or equivalent degree); preferably some demonstrable interest in the social sciences
• strong background in one or more areas relevant to the programme
• ability to work independently and in a collaborative research environment
• good command of English and good academic writing and presentation skills
• eagerness to learn to work in an interdisciplinary research team as part of the SCOOP programme.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 48 months.

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

• a salary of € 2,395 (salary scale PhD candidates) gross per month in the first year, up to a maximum of € 3,061 gross per month in the fourth and final year, based on a full-time position
• a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income an 8.3% year-end bonus
• a temporary position of one year with the option of renewal for another three years; prolongation of the contract is contingent on sufficient progress in the first year to indicate that you will successfully complete your PhD thesis within the next three years. A PhD training programme is part of the agreement. There is a budget for research expenses such as conference travel.

Starting date: as soon as possible; no later than 1 September 2021

Job Application

Applications should include the following documents, combined into ONE FILE in the order below:

• letter of motivation
• curriculum vitae
• names and contact information of two academic references
• university transcript (list of courses and grades) and
• writing sample (preferably approx. 5000 words).

You can submit your application until 28 February 11:59 pm / before 1 March 2021 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website). Please upload your pdf file as your 'letter of motivation'.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our University. We strongly encourage applications from female candidates and members of other groups currently underrepresented in academic philosophy. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers,

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Dr Charlotte Knowles

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 221037

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