Teacher in Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy (0.6 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 the department of Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy who can teach:

(1) an existing course on Social and Political Philosophy for first year students in the Bachelor programme Philosophy
(2) an existing course on Metaethics for second year students in the bachelor programme Philosophy
(3) a new and more advanced course on Ethics, Social and/or Political Philosophy for bachelor students enrolled in the Honours programme in philosophy
(4) a new Master course on Ethics, Social and/or Political Philosophy
(5) a skills course on writing a philosophical essay or thesis
(6) Bachelor thesis supervision.


- the position concerns teaching only. It does not include research time
- Corona regulations permitting, 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 ethics, social and political philosophy
- experience in teaching at university
- intellectual drive, enthusiasm and open-mindedness
- excellent communication and coordination skills
- an excellent command of Dutch and English, both in writing and in speaking.

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 € 2,846 to a maximum of € 5,230 gross (salary scales 10 or 11) for a full-time position
- a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income
- an 8.3% end-of-the-year allowance
- a part-time position, for 0.5 FTE
- participation in a pension scheme for employees.

The positions are fixed-term (not tenure-track) for a period of 1 year, with the possibility of partial extension. A fiscal facility pertaining to extraterritorial costs (the 30% facility) may be applicable if the rules of Dutch tax law permit this.

Starting date: 1 September 2022, at the latest

Job Application

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

You may apply for this position until 3 July 11:59 pm / before 4 July 2022 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below).

The application should include the following:

1. a cover letter containing your motivation for the position.
2. CV and list of publications.
3. teaching evaluations if available, or else a teaching statement (on one A4).
4. a preliminary description of the Honours course (2) and the master’s course (3).
5. the names and contact details of two referees.

Interviews will take place on July 12, in Groningen 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/[…]/
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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Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Prof. F.A. (Frank) Hindriks, Chair of the search committee

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 222382

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