Jobs in Philosophy in Europe

University of Groningen, Faculty of Philosophy,
January 11, 2010
2 Junior Researchers (PhD positions) on Renaissance Humanism and the History of Philosophy
April 1, 2010

The Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, seeks 2 junior researchers for the research programme “Humanists as Philosophers: The Place of Renaissance Humanism in the History of Thought”, led by Professor Lodi Nauta and funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).

The text of the programme can be obtained by sending an email to Mrs Fré Moorrees (F [dot] C [dot] Moorrees [__at__] rug [dot] nl). It consists of 6 well-delineated research projects. The applicant can work on one of these projects but can also submit his/her own research proposal as long as it ties in with the main objectives of the programme.

Founded in 1614, the University of Groningen is the second-oldest university in the Netherlands. Its Faculty of Philosophy has an excellent reputation both in teaching and research, and occupies a top position in national rankings. It offers a lively and friendly intellectual community of about 45 teachers and researchers, and ca. 350 full-time students. A number of researchers come from abroad. The History of Philosophy department covers the entire history of philosophy from classical Antiquity to contemporary trends.
The University Library in Groningen is a good research library, while the other main university libraries in the Netherlands are reachable in 2-3 hours by train.

- PhD-positions are for four years on a full-time basis (contract for 1 year, with an extension of 3 years after a positive evaluation). The PhD will write a doctoral dissertation and may be asked to do some teaching.
- Applicants should possess an MA (or equivalent) in the history of philosophy, (intellectual) history, or classics/literature. Candidates with an MA from adjacent fields relevant to the programme are also encouraged to respond.
- Knowledge of Dutch is no prerequisite.
- max. salary per month 2612 euro (ca. 3303 USD)
- start: 2010 (to be negotiated but preferably 1 Sept. 2010)

Completed applications should include
(a) a CV, outlining in particular previous academic qualifications (BA and MA equivalent), grades, list of publications, etc.
(b) a letter explaining your competence in the research field, and your motivation
(b) research proposal of max. 1000 words plus concise, illustrative bibliography (also required for proposals that select one of the themes from the programme).
(c) copy of the BA and/or MA thesis.

Send your application before April 1, 2010, to
Mrs Fré Moorrees
Faculty of Philosophy, University of Groningen
Oude Boteringestraat 52
9712 GL Groningen, The Netherlands

For further information about the project and for questions about the suitability of your research proposal, please contact Prof. Lodi Nauta. His email is: l [dot] w [dot] nauta [__at__] rug [dot] nl. Tel. 00 31 [0]50 3636946.

Universität Freiburg,
January 11, 2010
Assistant Professorship in Philosophy
January 31, 2010

The Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Freiburg invites applications for the position of Assistant Professorship/Juniorprofessur in Philosophy (W1) with tenure-track option - Bertha Ottenstein Professorship.
The Bertha Ottenstein Professorship is an initiative to support promising female researchers. The position is based on a temporary appointment with tenure-track option. It is funded by means of the German Excellence Initiative.
The successful candidate will lead a research group and conduct research on “Grammar – Logic – Rhetoric: Conceptions of Language at the Crossroads of Scientific Disciplines and Social Groups in Arabic-Islamic Culture (800-1100)” which has been granted a strategic position within the Faculty of Philosophy. Duties include research, teaching, thesis supervision, and service to the Faculty. Applications of highly qualified female researchers are particularly welcome. Handicapped applicants receive priority in case of equal scientific merit.
The successful candidate will have a PhD in Philosophy and a demonstrated competence in Islamic Studies. Evidence of outstanding research excellence (including demonstrated international and cross-cultural experience) and management potential are required. The initial appointment will begin in Fall 2010 and be for four years. After successful evaluation the appointment can be extended to six years. A tenure decision will be made before the last year.
For particulars concerning the program of the research group, see . Professor Maarten J.F.M. Hoenen (maarten [dot] hoenen [__at__] philosophie [dot] uni-freiburg [dot] de) is happy to answer any questions.
Applications should include a CV, a list of publications, a proposal for the realization of the project (1.500 words), two recent publications, and three letters of recommendation. Applications should be sent to Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy, Universität Freiburg, Dekanat der Philosophischen Fakultät, 79085 Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, to arrive by 31.01.2010.

Tilburg Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science,
January 8, 2010
PhD position in Philosophy of Science
April 15, 2010

The Department of Philosophy and the Tilburg Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science (TiLPS) invite applications for a three-year full-time PhD position, commencing September 1, 2010. The successful candidate is expected to work on a topic from the philosophy science (including general philosophy of science, formal philosophy of science, philosophy of economics, and philosophy of psychology) and complete a PhD thesis within three years. The salary for a full-time employment agreement increases from 2.042 Euro gross a month in the first year to 2.492 Euro gross a month in the last year. The position is open to candidates with a master’s degree or equivalent in philosophy and an interest in working in a very active international and interdisciplinary research environment. Candidates are invited to submit a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, a research proposal of 1000 to 2000 words, certificates, a transcript of courses taken (including grades), and two letters of recommendation. Please send your application package to PhD Position Search Committee, c/o P & O, Department of Philosophy, Tilburg University, Warandelaan 2, P.O. 90153, 5000 LE Tilburg, The Netherlands, or email to solliciterenfdl [__at__] uvt [dot] nl. The deadline for applications is April 15, 2010. Please mention the vacancy number 500.10.01 in your letter. Informal enquiries may be directed to Professor Stephan Hartmann (email: S.Hartmann “at”

Radboud University Nijmegen,
December 31, 2009
Junior Researcher (PhD position) in the history of philosophy and/or science
February 15, 2010

The Center for the History of Philosophy and Science of the Faculty of Philosophy of Radboud University Nijmegen seeks an outstanding junior researcher for a project in the history of philosophy and/or science. Applicants are invited to submit a project proposal (max. 2000 words), which should attempt to fit into the Center’s overall programme. The junior position will involve the writing of a doctoral (PhD) dissertation, participation in the activities of the Center and (possibly) teaching at the Faculty of Philosophy. You have an MA (or equivalent) in the history of philosophy and/or science, and possess the language skills necessary to study the primary sources in the original language and to read the relevant secondary literature. Knowledge of Dutch is no prerequisite. Initial contract duration is 1,5 years. Your performance will be evaluated after 15 months. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2 years (without teaching duties) or by 2,5 years (with teaching duties). Preferable commencement date: 1 April 2010. Employment: 1,0 fte. Starting salary at € 2,042 gross/month, the salary will increase to € 2,612 gross/month in the fourth year. For additional information, please contact Prof.dr.P.J.J.M. Bakker (pbakker [__at__] phil [dot] ru [dot] nl) or Prof.dr. C.H. Lüthy (luethy [__at__] phil [dot] ru [dot] nl).

Department of philosophy, University of Geneva ,
Geneva ,
December 22, 2009
lectureship in jewish philosophy
February 15, 2010

The Department of philosophy, Faculty of Letters, University of Geneva, opens a
Lectureship in Jewish philosophy (2 hours of teaching, 3 years: renewable)
The requirements are possession of a doctorate or of an equivalent title, a solid experience of academic research and teaching in the field and a record of international publications.
The successful candidate will give a teaching in the history of Jewish thought, focusing, depending on his or her specialisation, on the history of this tradition of thought or on its contemporary aspects. An interaction with research within other fields taught the department, in particular medieval philosophy, is hoped for. Teaching is normally done in French.
Starting date: August 1, 2010.
Salary :CHF 37’652.-- per year (class 23/12).

Application conditions: Candidates are invited to join to their letter of application:

- 10 copies of their curriculum vitae and of their list of publications
- 1 certified photocopy of their highest degree or an attestation of the institute where it was granted.
To be sent to :
Secrétariat du Département de philosophie
Faculté des lettres
5, rue de Candolle
1211 Genève 4
Before february 15, 2010
More details to be seen on the web site of the department of philosophy

Ghent University,
December 16, 2009
PhD position in early modern philosophy/science
January 15, 2010

One PhD scholarship is available at the Department of Philosophy and Moral Sciences and the Centre for History of Science ( at Ghent University, on the research project “Experiment and observation in seventeenth-century meteorology and natural philosophy. A comparative study of Descartes's Météores and Fromondus's Meteorologicorum Libri Sex” funded by the Science Foundation Flanders, and led by Maarten Van Dyck and Sven Dupré.

The candidate is expected to have a strong background in philosophy and/or history, and a proven interest in history of philosophy and/or science, with excellent reading knowledge of Latin, fluency in English, and preferably, reading knowledge of French. S/he is expected to work on the topics identified in the project (respectively “the role of observations and experiments in the generation of new knowledge” and “the natural philosophical status of meteorological phenomena”), and to publish in international specialist journals. Interested candidates can receive a detailed description of the project on request.

Salary: approx. 1700 euro/month (net).
Length: 4 years.
Starting date: between March 1st and October 1st 2010.
Required degree: Master’s (or equivalent) in philosophy, history, classics or any other field relevant to the project.

Applications should be received no later than January 15th, and should contain: (1) a letter of interest, (2) a CV, detailing courses taken that are relevant for the project, and possibly including a list of talks and publications, (3) any further documents (such as pieces of writings) that might be relevant for the application.
Email to: maarten [dot] vandyck [__at__] ugent [dot] be

University of Sheffield,
United Kingdom
December 14, 2009
January 25, 2010

This is a permanent post in political philosophy, at grade 8 on the UK lecturer scale (£36,532 to £43,622 per annum, with potential to progress to £49,096). We are looking for someone to start in September 2010. Candidates should have, or be close to completing, a PhD in political philosophy or a cognate specialism, and must be able to demonstrate potential for excellence in teaching and research. Further details, including how to apply are available from the link below.

The closing date is Monday January 25th 2010.

Lincoln College, University of Oxford,
United Kingdom
December 11, 2009
Tutorial Fellowship and University Lecturership (CUF) in Philosophy at Lincoln College, University of Oxford
December 17, 2009

Lincoln College and the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford, propose to make a joint appointment in Philosophy from 1 October 2010. The postholder will be a Tutorial Fellow of Lincoln College and a University Lecturer (CUF) in the Faculty of Philosophy.

The successful candidate will be expected to provide undergraduate tuition for Lincoln College on a range of Philosophy subjects at both introductory and advanced level. The Faculty currently has urgent teaching needs in political philosophy and it is expected that the successful candidate will be able to teach in this area at graduate as well as undergraduate level. The Faculty also has teaching needs in the areas of aesthetics, philosophy of social science, and Kant, and would welcome applications from candidates able to teach in one or more of these areas, in addition to political philosophy. Teaching experience at university level is a requirement.

By 1 October 2010, the successful candidate must have received the degree of PhD (or equivalent), or attained a comparable level of publications.

The combined College and University salary will be on a scale from £42,350 to £56,917 per annum. Additional College allowances are available as set out in the further particulars.

Further particulars and an application form may be downloaded here (PDF), or obtained from, or from the Academic Administrator, Lincoln College, Oxford, OX1 3DR, Tel: 01865 279801, Fax: 01865 279802, email jemma [dot] underdown [__at__] lincoln [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk, to whom applications should be submitted by 12 noon, Thursday 17th December 2009. Applications submitted by email are welcome. Candidates should ask their referees to write directly to The Academic Administrator by the same date and should supply each referee with a copy of these Further Particulars. Referees may submit their references by email.

December 8, 2009
PhD position in Political Philosophy
January 4, 2010

The Centre for Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy at the K.U.Leuven Institute of Philosophy has a vacancy for a four-year doctoral research position as part of the FWO research project “The Transparency of Governance and the Invisibility of Power. An Inquiry into the Deficiencies of Democratic Representation in Transnational Institutions” ( The candidate will conduct his or her research as a member of the Research Group on Social and Political Philosophy (RGSPP). Over the years, the RGSPP has conducted its research within the framework of a joint research program. This program aims at uncovering transformations of modern democracy’s foundational concepts as a result of the globalization processes. At present, the group consists of four senior researchers, two post-doctoral researchers, and about fourteen doctoral students from K.U.Leuven and abroad, which testifies to its distinct international profile. The RGSPP focuses on contemporary political philosophy while encouraging the dialogue between continental and analytical approaches.

Supervisor: to be specified among the staff of the RGSPP
Starting date: March 1st, 2010
Period: four years.
Salary: approx. 1650 EUR/month (net)
Profile of the candidate:
- MA in Philosophy (preferably with a thesis in Political Philosophy) or MA in Political Theory (preferably with a major in Political Philosophy)
- independent spirit, yet co-operative as a team member of the research group
- good writing skills
- a high level of proficiency in English

Task of the researcher:
The conducted research has to result in a doctoral dissertation (to be written either in Dutch or in English).
The researcher will present the results of his or her research activities both at national and international meetings and conferences. S/he will be expected to publish regularly in international, refereed journals.
The researcher is expected to participate in the joint research activities of the research group, for instance by attending its weekly seminars and by assisting in the organization of workshops or conferences. S/he is also expected to spend some of his/her research time with experts at universities abroad.
S/he will be charged with minor teaching responsibilities both at undergraduate and graduate level (max. 2 hours/week during the academic year).

If you are interested in this doctoral research position, please apply according to the instructions given at
The deadline for applications is Monday, January 4th, 2010. Interviews are scheduled for the second half of January.
For any further information, please contact A. Braeckman (toon.braeckman@kuleuven-kortrijk or by phone: +32 (0)56/24.61.62 or +32 (0)9/329.69.03)

Department of Philosophy, University of Essex,
United Kingdom
December 8, 2009
Post-doctoral Research Officer
December 31, 2009

Ref RE951
Salary: pro rata to £29,704 per annum (approx £23,763 gross pa)
Closing date: 31/12/09

We are looking to make an appointment of a Research Officer to work on the research project Deciding for Oneself: Autonomous Judgement in History, Theory and Practice based in the Department of Philosophy. The postholder will have a research background in applied ethics, social and political philosophy, and/or theory of agency. It is our expectation that the successful candidate will have a PhD prior to taking up the post; consideration will be given, however, to candidates for whom completion of the PhD is imminent. The successful candidate will have to be an effective communicator with commitment to fostering interdisciplinary dialogue.

The AHRC funded project Deciding for Oneself is part of the Essex Autonomy Project -- a collaborative, interdisciplinary research initiative of the Philosophy Department at the University of Essex. Its aim is to investigate the ideal of self-determination in human affairs. The AHRC grant is co-directed by Prof. Wayne Martin and Dr. Fabian Freyenhagen and overseen by a distinguished international and interdisciplinary Advisory Committee. For more information see:

The appointee will participate in all aspects of the research, provide research assistance to the investigators, and pursue independent research related to the project. They will have special responsibility for cultivating the Knowledge Transfer dimension of the project. He or she will coordinate interdisciplinary research bearing on medical-legal issues, while also being centrally involved in planning and routine running of the project, including organising and overseeing events, and taking partial editorial responsibility for resulting publications.

Appointment to this post will be on a part-time (0.8 FTE) basis, fixed term for the three year duration of the project and coincide with its start on 1 April 2010.

Additional opportunities would include teaching at the department (for extra pay) and/or a part-time (20%) administrative post connected tot he AHRC project.