Assistant Professor in the History of Ancient Philosophy (1.0 FTE)


Faculty of Philosophy


Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, University of Groningen, V23.0785

Job description

The Faculty of Philosophy is looking for an assistant professor with expertise in the history of philosophy (Ancient Philosophy in the Western Tradition).

The position is in the Department of the History of Philosophy and includes research (40%) as well as teaching (60%). The position will become permanent (tenured) after a period of 12 to 18 months conditional on a positive performance review. In accordance with the faculty’s promotion policy, the candidate may later be promoted to associate professor.

The historical research of the successful candidate is expected to complement the existing research profile of the Department and contribute to the intellectual life of the faculty as a whole. For teaching purposes, the ability to connect history to current issues (in philosophy and societal concerns) would be a bonus.

The candidate will be expected to teach in the philosophy programme on both BA and MA level as well as other associated programmes that the faculty is involved in. It is crucially important that the candidate can offer courses that will appeal to a broad range of philosophy students, as well as students from a variety of other academic backgrounds.

Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 34,000 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.


- PhD in philosophy (thesis must be approved by supervisors at the moment of application)
- experience and proven success in teaching, preferably in Ancient Philosophy
- a strong publication record, appropriate to career stage
- concrete plans for a future grant proposal (ERC or NWO)
- an excellent command of English, both in writing and in speaking; a working knowledge of Dutch (level B2) two years after appointment is required; the ability to teach in Dutch is required four years after appointment
- intellectual drive, enthusiasm and open-mindedness
- international network or record of international collaboration
- to enhance the community of the faculty, it is required to take up residence in or near the city of Groningen: we standardly require that full-time staff spend on average three working days a week at the faculty
- the University of Groningen requires teaching staff to attain the University Teaching Qualification; a successful applicant lacking this qualification (or equivalent) is expected to obtain it within two years, by attending courses at the University.

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 € 3,974 (salary scale 11) to a maximum of € 6,181 gross (salary scale 12) for a full-time position, job profile assistant professor (universitair docent, UD)
- a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income
- an 8.3% year-end bonus
- participation in a pension scheme for employees and other benefits.

Starting date: September 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Job Application

You may apply for this position until 7 January 11:59pm / before 8 January 2023 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website). We invite you to submit a complete application including: 1. a cover letter containing your motivation for the position 2. CV with list of publications 3. the names and contact details of three referees and an indication whether we can contact them at this stage 4. a sample of written work that is relevant to this position, no more than 8,000 words; it may be a published or unpublished sample and may be an extract from a longer piece 5. teaching evaluations (if available) 6. a short pitch of your future research goals, with potential to be submitted to a funding agency (no longer than 1000 words). Online interviews will probably take place in January 2024. Site visits are scheduled February or March 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): Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Prof. Martin Lenz

In your application, please always include the job opening ID V23.0785

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