SCOOP PhD position “The merits and defects of competition” (1.0 FTE)


Faculty of Philosophy


University of Groningen

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Job description

We are seeking a candidate for a PhD project on the philosophical and social psychological aspects of competition in science, with the aim of understanding the balance between competitive and collaborative aspects of the scientific enterprise. The position is located at the Faculty of Philosophy but the project is part of a collaboration between social psychologists and philosophers of science working on the epistemological characteristics of groups. The PhD candidate will work on a philosophical project that bridges social epistemology and social psychology.

See the link below for a further description of the project:

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 program, see:


We are looking for candidates who have finished, or are close to finishing, a master’s degree in philosophy of science, or in another field in which the social process of science is studied. Additionally we require that candidates have:

- excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
- affinity with philosophical debates over the norms for collective opinion formation
- an interest in integrating insights from empirical psychology into a philosophical framework
- eagerness to learn to work in an interdisciplinary research team and to conduct interdisciplinary research in the SCOOP programme
- a strong motivation for doing a PhD.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 48 months.

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

- a gross salary of € 2,541 gross per month in the first year to a maximum of € 3,247 gross per month in the final year (salary scale PhD), based on a full-time position (1.0 FTE)
- a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income and a 8.3% year-end bonus
- a position for four years (full time). Each successful candidate will first be offered 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 a successful completion of the PhD thesis within the contract period is to be expected. A PhD training programme is part of the agreement and the successful candidate will be enrolled in the Graduate School of the Faculty.

The preferred start date is between 1 October and 1 December 2021.

Job Application

You may apply for this position until 30 August 11:59pm / before 31 August 2022 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

Your application needs to contain a motivation letter, a curriculum vitae, a transcript of grades, a writing sample of at most 5000 words, and the names of three academic referees. Interviews will be held in Groningen or online in the afternoon of September 8.

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Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Prof. dr. Jan-Willem Romeijn

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 222473

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The conditions of employment

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