Logo John Stuart Mill CollegeSince September 2016, the John Stuart Mill College of VU Amsterdam offers an international bachelor programme in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE). The PPE programme (www.vu-ppe.nl) is a joint initiative of three faculties of VU Amsterdam. We seek candidates for two PhD-candidates/junior lecturers with full employment benefits. As one of the two PhD candidates/junior lecturers PPE you will teach seminars within the College, play an active role in the PPE-community, and conduct research that results in a PhD dissertation.


The position involves 50% teaching and 50% research time. In the role of junior lecturer you will support senior teaching staff by leading small group seminars. Candidates will also have a role as student tutors. Successful candidates will demonstrate an ability to play an active role in the John Stuart Mill College’s social and intellectual life, as well as an aptitude for student supervision. In the role of researcher, applicants will complete a PhD dissertation on a topic that falls within the interdisciplinary scope of PPE. Candidates select their own topic that intersects with at least two of the three PPE disciplines. The research will be supervised by experts from the two faculties.


  • A completed (research) master degree in one of the three PPE disciplines, or a related discipline;
  • Excellent research and writing skills;
  • Excellent command of the English language;
  • The ability to work in a team as well as independently;
  • The ability to work in an interdisciplinary and multicultural environment; and
  • A willingness to actively contribute to the community life of the John Stuart Mill College.

Further particulars

Successful applicants can be appointed for either 1.0 fte for 5 years, or for 0.8 fte for 6 years. The starting date is negotiable, but must be no later than 1 September 2017. We offer an exciting opportunity to contribute to an ambitious and international bachelor programme with highly motivated students and to conduct your own research project, at a renowned research university. You will receive appropriate training, personal supervision, and guidance for both your research and teaching tasks, providing an excellent start to an academic career.


The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel, ranging from a minimum of €2.222,- gross per month in the first year, building up to a maximum of €2.840,- in year four to six based on full-time employment.


Applications should be sent before June 8 2017. Details of how to apply can be found at https://www.vu.nl/en/employment/vacancies/

For additional information please contact:

Prof. dr. Martin van Hees 
Dean John Stuart Mill College

Judith van Ooijen 
General manager John Stuart Mill College

VU Amsterdam  

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is a leading, innovative and growing university that is at the heart of society and actively contributes to new developments in teaching and research. Our university has ten faculties which span a wide range of disciplines, as well as several institutes, foundations, research centres, and support services. Its campus is located in the fastest-growing economic region in the Netherlands (the Zuidas district of Amsterdam), and provides work for over 4,500 staff and scientific education for more than 23,000 students.