Vacancy for an Assistant Professor in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE)
University of Groningen, the Netherlands


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. In Sept. 2017 the Faculty has started a Master’s Program in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) and established a Centre for PPE that aims at stimulating and facilitating interdisciplinary research at the interface of philosophy, political theory, and economics.

Job description

The Faculty of Philosophy is looking for an Assistant Professor who pursues philosophical research at the intersection of Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE). Areas of specialization: Social and Political Philosophy, (socially engaged) Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Economics, Philosophy of Public Policy, Welfare Economics, Applied Ethics, or any other area related to PPE. The Assistant Professor will conduct research in PPE and play a stimulating role in the Centre for PPE, by contributing to its research profile and by forming interdisciplinary ties with other researchers working on PPE themes. The candidate will teach courses in the PPE Master’s program and other philosophy programs that the faculty offers on both BA and MA level.

On positive evaluation the position becomes permanent after a probationary period of 2 years. The position includes research (40%) as well as teaching and administrative tasks (60%).


  • PhD (or equivalent) in philosophy, political theory, or economics, relevant to a PPE program.
  • A strong publication record, appropriate to career stage.
  • A genuine interest in interdisciplinary research, with a desire to build bridges between philosophy and the social sciences and to apply theoretical insights to societal and policy issues.
  • Concrete plans for future grant proposals (ERC, NWO, etc.) that fit the research profile of the PPE Centre.
  • An ability to contribute to interdisciplinary research in the Faculty and in the Centre for PPE.
  • Intellectual drive, enthusiasm and open-mindedness to collaborate with colleagues from PPE-related fields.
  • An ability to offer inspiring teaching in the PPE program and general philosophy programs in the faculty
  • An excellent command of English, both in writing and speaking; knowledge of Dutch is not required for teaching purposes but working knowledge is expected after three years.

Conditions of employment

The University of Groningen offers a salary depending on qualifications and work experience starting from a minimum of € 3,475 (salary scale 11 Dutch Universities) to a maximum of € 5,405 (salary scale 12) gross per month for a full-time position, excluding 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus and participation in a pension scheme for employees. International candidates may qualify for a tax break on their income (the 30% facility) if Dutch tax laws permit this in his/her case. According to university rules, there is a probationary period of two years after which, on positive evaluation, the position becomes permanent.


You may apply for this position before 15 January 2018, 23.59 h. Dutch local time through the application form (click on “Apply” below on the advertisement on the university website). Female candidates and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

The application should include the following:

  1. A cover letter containing your motivation for the position.
  2. CV and list of publications.
  3. The names and contact details of three referees.
  4. A sample of written work that is relevant to this position, not 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).
  • A shortlist of candidates will be made in the second half of January.
  • Skype interviews are scheduled for February 6
  • On site interviews are scheduled for March 22-23


Prof. dr Frank Hindriks, +31 50 3637489,

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