Teacher in Theoretical Philosophy (0.4 FTE)


Faculty of Philosophy


University of Groningen

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/

Job description

We are searching for a lecturer in theoretical philosophy who can: (1) 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.

- the position concerns teaching only. It does not include research time
- the position is part-time, for 0.4 FTE. Depending on the responses, we can decide to distribute the teaching tasks over two individuals
- this concerns a temporary position, for 12 months. There is the possibility of renewal of 0.3 FTE for one more year. During the courses, teaching assistants can lead seminar groups and help with administrative tasks. At the faculty, educational support is available
- Corona regulations permitting, teaching takes place in person.


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.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 12 months.

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 € 2,790 to a maximum of € 4,402 gross (salary scale 10) for a full-time position
- 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus. 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.

The positions are fixed-term (not tenure-track) for a period of 1 year, with the possibility of partial extension. law permit this.

Starting date: 1 September 2021, at the latest

Job Application

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).

You may apply for this position until 28 June 23:59 pm / before 29 June 2021 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

Interviews will take place on July 5, in vivo or through video calls.

We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. We have adopted an active policy to increase the number of female scientists across all disciplines of the university. Therefore, women are encouraged to apply. 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

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Dr J. A. (Jan Albert) van Laar, Chair of the search committee

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 221395

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