PhD Working Democracy. A philosophy of work for democratic societies (3.0 FTE)


Faculty of Philosophy


Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, University of Groningen, V23.0707

Job description

The Department of Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy at the University of Groningen invites applications for three fully funded PhD position in the field of philosophy. They will be part of the VICI project of Prof. Lisa Herzog on “Working Democracy,” funded by the Dutch Science Organization (NWO). The description of the envisaged PhD projects can be found here:

Candidates should indicate which of these projects they would be most interested in and what specific background knowledge, skills, and idea they bring for it (or they can indicate openness to work on any of the three projects).

Since its founding 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. We encourage the 37,000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Among the best research universities in Europe, we join forces with prestigious partner universities and networks around the world, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

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.


We are looking for candidates who have finished, or are close to finishing, a Master’s degree in philosophy (or a Master degree in a related field and some experience in philosophy) and who are enthusiastic about combining philosophical and empirical approaches and have a demonstrable affinity with the topics. Additionally, candidates should have:

- a strong motivation for doing a PhD and demonstrable time management and organizational skills
- experience in, or at least affinity with, interdisciplinary research between philosophy and the social sciences; experience in qualitative social research is a plus
- a demonstrable capacity to cooperate with various research partners inside and outside the university
- excellent written and verbal communication skills in English

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 4 years.

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

- a gross salary of € 2,770 gross per month in the first year to a maximum of € 3,539 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 candidates will be enrolled in the Graduate School of the Faculty.

Successful candidates are expected to move to Groningen.

Proposed start date for the PhD positions is September 1, 2024.

Job Application

Your application should contain the following documents: - a motivation letter - a curriculum vitae, also including the languages in which research could be done - a writing sample of up to 5000 words - a research statement of maximally 500 words (excluding references) explaining your interest in the project and your ideas for approaching one of the sub-projects - a transcript of grades - the names of three academic referees. You can submit your application until January 15, 2024, 11.59 pm / before January 16, 2024 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website). We expect to hold a two-step selection process, with a first round of online interviews in February or March 2024 and in-person interviews in April or May 2024. 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: 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 V23.0707

Extra informatie kan worden verkregen via een van de volgende links:

Project descriptions

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