JOB: Assistant professor "History of Modern Philosophy" at Utrecht University

The Department for Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of Utrecht is looking for an

Assistant professor in the history of modern philosophy (0.75 fte)

The Role:

The Department for Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of Utrecht is looking for an assistant professor (0.75 fte) in the field of the history of modern philosophy, with a focus on the history of philosophy starting with, and after, the Enlightenment. This assistant professor will also teach within the BA-programme “Liberal Arts and Sciences” at the University of Utrecht. The position is part of the group for the “History of philosophy” within the department. Together with the group for “Theoretical philosophy” and the “Ethics Institute”, this group is responsible for the department’s research and teaching in philosophy. Within the programme “Liberal Arts and Sciences”, the assistant professor will work within a broad and interdisciplinary BA-programme that lets motivated students develop their talents and interests in various disciplinary fields. This programme is taught in Dutch.

The group for the “History of philosophy” has research foci in ancient philosophy, in early modern philosophy, and in modern philosophy (German Idealism, 19th century). The group stands in close interaction with the History and philosophy of science-group at Utrecht.

We are looking for a colleague who can give shape to research and teaching in the field of the history of philosophy after, and – given the candidate’s expertise – possibly also including, the Enlightenment. In research, the specific research accentuation will depend on the candidate’s expertise. Close cooperation with the “strategic themes” and/or “focus areas” of Utrecht University is desired, as well as cooperation with the other groups within the department.

As regards teaching, the assistant professor will teach on both BA- and MA-level, contribute to interdisciplinary teaching activities, supervise theses, and is available for administrative tasks concerning teaching, such as the development of teaching curricula or participation in the relevant committees.
The candidate is also expected to be available, in an amount that is adequate for this position, for other administrative tasks in the department and/or faculty.


The candidate

  • has finished their Ph.D.
  • has an international track record in research in the field of the history of modern philosophy, as documented by publications in international journals and/or with the important publishers in the field
  • has proven her/his ability to perform innovative research, and is willing and able to compete for national and international research grants
  • is an inspiring teacher who can develop and teach courses on both BA- and MA-level, as documented by a track record in teaching (and preferably a certificate in academic teaching)
  • has proven her/his interest in interdisciplinary teaching at BA-level
  • is able to coach students in their personal and academic development
  • has the ability to play an appropriate role in departmental management and to contribute fully to the academic life of the department
  • is able to teach in Dutch at the earliest possible moment


We offer a position for 0.75 fte (of which 70% will be devoted to teaching, and 30% to research), starting August 1st 2017. The initial appointment will be on a temporary basis for a period of two years. Subject to satisfactory performance, this will be followed by a permanent appointment. Salary depends on qualifications and experience and will range from € 3427,- to € 5330,- for a full time position, consistent with the CAO (Collective Employment  Agreement) scale 11/12 for Dutch Universities.

Under the current CAO Utrecht University offers a pension scheme, a holiday allowance of 8% per year, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% and flexible employment conditions.

Additional information

For more information, please contact prof. P. Ziche,; for information over “Liberal Arts and Sciences”, please contact dr. I. van der Tuin,


Written applications should address the criteria mentioned under “Profile”, and include the following documents:

  • Motivation letter;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Description of the candidate’s teaching experience;
  • Statement of research (in the form of a sketch for a – potential – research proposal, max. 2 pages).

Candidates who make the shortlist will be interviewed in person in Utrecht. The interviews will be held on April 5th, 2017.

Deadline for submitting your application is March 12th, 2017; submit your applications via the website of Utrecht University (