Postdoc “The political philosophy of work – expanding our vision” (1.0 FTE)


Faculty of Philosophy


University of Groningen

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 36.000 students and 7.500 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 (3 years) in political philosophy, within the department of Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy.

Job description

Research and teaching (undergraduate and graduate courses, thesis advising) 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. He or she will also do a certain amount of teaching to replace Prof. Herzog, who will also work on the project. The post-doc is expected to acquire his or her University Teaching Qualification (BKO) during the three years of his or her appointment.


• PhD prior to appointment
• strong research profile and publication record appropriate to career stage
• record of high-quality teaching appropriate to career stage
• excellent command of English
• proven ability to integrate insights from other disciplines (e.g., sociology, anthropology into philosophical work)
• some experience with administrative duties (e.g., organizing events) is welcome.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 36 months.

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 € 2,846 gross per month to a maximum of € 4,490 gross per month for a full-time position, for three years (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 2022

Job Application

Applications should include the following:

• short cover letter
• full CV, including a list of publications and presentations, as well as a list of courses taught (with teaching evaluations where applicable)
• 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).

Applications can be submitted until 27 February 11:59 pm / before 28 February 2022 Dutch local time (CET), by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website). Please combine all materials into one file and upload your file in the system as a letter of motivation.

A round of (online or offline) interviews will be held in March. Candidates who are shortlisted for an interview will receive a more detailed project description to prepare themselves. We hope to make the final decision by the end of April.

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:

Prof. Lisa Herzog

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 222031

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