Assistant Professor (tenure track) Social Philosophy

Erasmus University Rotterdam


August 20, 2021


Assistant Professor (tenure track) Social Philosophy Assistant Professor (tenure track) Social Philosophy Published Deadline Location

15 Jul 31 Aug Rotterdam

We offer a tenure track position (1.0 fte, 6 years) in social philosophy.

Job description

Erasmus School of Philosophy is seeking to appoint an assistant professor in philosophy, in the area of Social Philosophy. The main components of the job, apart from some administrative tasks (10%), will be teaching (50%) and research (40%). The teaching component will involve preparing and teaching courses in social philosophy at the undergraduate level as well as supervising students writing their theses. The research component will be in a domain of relevance to social philosophy, for instance philosophy of technology, critical theory, feminist philosophy or public philosophy.

  • 38—40 hours per week
  • €3746—€5127 per month
  • Rotterdam View on Google Maps
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)


    The candidate should have acquired a PhD in philosophy and should be interested in contributing to education, research and societal interaction in accordance with the profile and reputation of ESPhil, e.g. the development of a philosophical perspective on contemporary societal challenges. ESPhil has a strong record in combining academic excellence with societal relevance and the new colleague is expected to contribute to this. Notably, the candidate should contribute to the development of ESPhil themes (The Making of Modernity; Humans at the Edge; Philosophy and Economics; the Structure of Science and Reality). On the basis of a solid grounding in philosophy, the candidate is able to formulate (and support students to formulate) philosophical responses to societal challenges in terms of practical, normative and political thinking, building on perspectives such as philosophy of technology, critical theory, feminist philosophy or public philosophy. Moreover, the candidate should be interested in building bridges with other disciplines at EUR (notably within the social sciences and the humanities) and in the broader context for inter-university collaboration (ErasmusMC, TU Delft, Resilient Delta). The candidate is expected to contribute to (a) education (Bachelor programs and Master program Philosophy Now), to (b) research (via publications, supervision of PhD researchers, methodology development and acquisition of research grants both nationally and internationally), to (c) societal deliberation and public debate (public philosophy) and (d) to ESPhil as a vibrant intellectual community (via colloquia, meetings, etc.).

    Conditions of employment

    Fixed-term contract: 6 years.

    An internationally oriented and varied job in an enthusiastic team, with good working conditions in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU).

    The selected candidate will be offered a contract at the level of Assistant Professor, starting as soon as possible, with the possibility of tenure and promotion to the rank of Associate Professor after 6 years upon successful performance as judged according to specified tenure track conditions.

    In accordance with the conditions applied at Erasmus University Rotterdam as indicated in the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO NU) of the Dutch universities, the salary is dependent on the candidate's experience and is set at a maximum of CAO NU scale 11 with a minimum of € 3.746, - and a maximum of € 5.127,- gross per month, on a fulltime basis. In addition, EUR pays an 8% holiday allowance and an end-of-year payment of 8.3% and offers excellent secondary benefits, like a very generous leave scheme. Furthermore, EUR is affiliated with ABP for the pension provision, and we offer partially paid parental leave. Employees can also use EUR facilities, such as the Erasmus sports center and the University library.

    EUR offers a Dual Career Programme (DCP) to assist the life partners of new academic staff (on pay-roll) in finding employment in The Netherlands. The programme is offered in close cooperation with nearby universities of Delft and Leiden.

    Diversity We particularly encourage members of underrepresented groups to apply: We genuinely value diversity and believe that a diversity of talents contributes to our vision and strategy to excel as a university on research and education. ESPhil is an equal opportunities employer and encourages applications from candidates of all genders, ethnicities, and nationalities. Given the current composition of the ESPhil academic staff and priorities relating to staff diversity, the School especially encourages candidates from an ethnic minority, candidates with an international background, and female candidates to apply.

    Employer Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

    Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) is an internationally oriented university with a strong social orientation in its education and research. Our scientists and students work in close collaboration with internal and external parties to solve global, social challenges, inspired by the always dynamic and cosmopolitan Rotterdam. Our mission is therefore "Creating positive societal impact". Our academic education is intensive, active and application-oriented. Our research increasingly takes place in multidisciplinary teams, which are strongly intertwined with international networks. With our research impact and thanks to the high quality of education, EUR can compete with the top European universities. The Erasmian values ​​function as our internal compass and make Erasmus University recognizable to the outside world: engaged with society, world citizen, connecting, entrepreneurial and open-minded.

    Department Erasmus School of Philosophy (ESPhil)

    Erasmus School of Philosophy (ESPhil) of Erasmus University Rotterdam is a leading research and teaching institution in the Netherlands. The faculty has a broad international orientation, with many international students and staff members and strong connections with universities abroad. Our research programs are internationally leading in our field. We offer two Master programs (the Master program Philosophy Now and the Research Master Philosophy and Economics ) and two Bachelor programs (the BA Philosophy and the Philosophy of a Specific Discipline (second degree) program. Guided by dedicated lecturers, students delve into various philosophical topics, ranging from philosophy of early Enlightenment up to post-modern continental philosophy; from ethics to philosophy of science and metaphysics. Our curriculum is emphatically involved with the current philosophical and societal debates and our research is internationally leading in our field and addresses for collaborative themes: The making of Modernity; Subjectivity and its discontents; Philosophy of economics; The structure of science and reality. ESPhil enables students to become critical thinkers and engaged scholars by developing their academic skills and encouraging them to practice philosophy in multiple societal settings.

    Additional information

    Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from Prof.dr. Liesbeth Noordegraaf (

    Making minds matter

    Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) is a highly ranked, international university, based in the dynamic and diverse city of Rotterdam, with its port acting as a gateway to the world.

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