Post-doc in History of Philosophy (1.0 FTE) (219626)
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Since its founding 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. We encourage the 32,000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. We are truly an international place of knowledge, and belongs to the most prestigious research universities in Europe and the top 100 universities worldwide!

The Faculty of Philosophy 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.

The position is part of the Spinoza Prize Project of Prof. Lodi Nauta, who has received the Spinoza Prize 2016 from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

Job description

The Postdoc will carry out research in the Department of the History of Philosophy; you will also be involved in the activities of the Groningen Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Thought, which is based in this department. Your research will focus on medieval philosophy and/or early-modern philosophy (up to the Enlightenment). We expect you to teach some courses, co-supervise PhDs, organize workshops and lectures, and assist in the daily running of the department. And also to submit a research proposal to the NWO in the course of your fellowship. Knowledge of Dutch is no requirement.


• PhD in philosophy
• a strong publication record (depending on career stage)
• a clear research plan, and a clear idea on how this fits in with the overall research profile of the group
• record of some teaching (depending on career stage)
• an excellent command of English, both in writing and in speaking
• intellectual drive, enthusiasm and open-mindedness
• international network or record of international collaboration is an advantage.

Conditions of employment

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

• a salary of between € 3,255 and € 4,274 gross per month (salary scale 10)
• a full-time position for 4 years (1.0 FTE)
• a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income
• an 8.3% year-end bonus
• minimum of 29 holidays and additional 12 holidays in case of full-time employment.

Starting date: 1 May 2020, or as soon as possible thereafter, but no later than 1 September 2020


Do you meet our selection criteria? If yes, please send your application by:

• a cover letter that includes a statement on your potential contribution to the department, and an explanation on how to meet the selection criteria for the post
• a CV
• a statement describing current and future research (no more than 2 pages)
• the names and contact details of three academic referees and an indication whether we can contact them at this stage
• a sample of written work of most relevance to this position, not more than 8,000 words: it can be a published or unpublished sample and can be an extract from a longer piece and a list of publications.

You can submit your application until 30 January 11.59pm / before 31 January 2020 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on “Apply” below on the advertisement on the university website).

We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. We have adopted an active policy to increase the number of female scientists across all disciplines of the university. Therefore, women and members of other groups currently underrepresented in academic philosophy are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), and European Commission’s European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers,