Assistant Professor of Metaphysics and Philosophical Anthropology

Radboud University Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies

Assistant Professor of Metaphysics and Philosophical Anthropology

  • Employment: 0.8 FTE
  • Maximum gross monthly salary: € 5,826
  • Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies
  • Required background: PhD
  • Duration of the contract: Tenure Track 2-4 years
  • Application deadline: 13 June 2021

We are looking for

As Assistant Professor of Metaphysics and Philosophical Anthropology, you will be a member of a department whose primary goals are to offer education and conduct research in the fields of metaphysics and philosophical anthropology, with a specific focus on the post-Kantian European tradition. 

You will teach courses at all levels in the Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes in Philosophy, as well as in study programmes offered at other faculties. You will primarily teach in the fields of metaphysics and philosophical anthropology. You may also be required to teach other disciplines in philosophy as well as philosophy courses for students with a non-philosophy major. Your duties will also include individual supervision and tutoring of students (e.g. students who are writing their Bachelor's or Master's theses or follow the Research Master's programme). Furthermore, you will be involved in the development of the educational programme and of courses for the Bachelor's and Master's programmes.

Your research expertise should complement that of the current staff members, and you will conduct research in line with the research themes of the Center for Contemporary European Philosophy. The Center is a very cohesive research unit, whose members share their research in work-in-progress meetings and co-teach, co-publish and co-organise conferences. Besides collaborating with your fellow researchers, you will be involved in further developing the Center's research line and acquiring externally funded research projects.

We ask

  • You have a PhD in contemporary European (continental) philosophy.
  • You are knowledgeable in the domains of metaphysics and philosophical anthropology and well-acquainted with the European philosophical tradition, complementing the expertise of the current staff members in these fields.
  • You are a dedicated teacher and have university teaching experience in philosophy (preferably possessing a University Teaching Qualification (BKO) or a similar qualification, otherwise you will be asked to obtain this qualification within two years).
  • You are a highly competent researcher, and this is reflected in your publication record, which will be appropriate to your career stage.
  • You are proficient in Dutch (C2 level) and English (C1 level) or are willing to obtain these proficiencies within two to four years.

We are

The Department of Metaphysics and Philosophical Anthropology and its Center for Contemporary European Philosophy form the Netherlands' main academic environments for teaching and research in post-Kantian European philosophy. Our staff contribute to the development of theories in present-day post-Kantian European philosophy, both historically and systematically, concerning several major topics from metaphysics to philosophical anthropology. They do so using methods and perspectives mainly (but not solely) derived from phenomenology, hermeneutics and psychoanalysis. 

The Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religion Sciences is a compact, ambitious division with approximately 160 staff and almost 900 students from the Netherlands and abroad. Our education programme includes several top-notch degree programmes in both in-depth disciplinary fields of study and interdisciplinary and interfaculty studies. The faculty has innovative education and research programmes with a strong focus on current societal issues.

Radboud University

We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 22,000 students and 5,000 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!

We offer

  • Employment: 0.8 FTE.
  • The minimum salary for a full-time appointment is €3,746 (salary scale 11). A maximum gross monthly salary of € 5,826 based on a 38-hour working week (salary scale 12).
  • The exact salary depends on the candidate's qualifications and amount of relevant professional experience. 
  • In addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • Duration of the contract: depending on your CV, we offer a tenure-track position of 2 to 4 years, which, after positive evaluation, may be made permanent.
  • The intended start date is 1 September 2021.
  • The faculty has interesting staff and promotion policies and provides active career monitoring. Where possible, we take into account talent and ambitions, development and personal circumstances. If you would like to know more, please contact personnel advisor Ms W. (Willy) Groenen: w.groenen@ftr.ru.nl.
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services. Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment  and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
  • Have a look at our excellent employment conditions. They include a good work-life balance (among other things because of the excellent leave arrangements), opportunities for development and a great pension scheme.

Would you like more information?

For more information about this vacancy, please contact:
Gert-Jan van der Heiden, Professor of Metaphysics
Tel.: +31 6 23 87 47 11
Email: g.vanderheiden@ru.nl

Apply directly

Please address your application to Gert-Jan van der Heiden and submit it, using the application button, no later than 13 June 2021, 23:59 Amsterdam Time Zone.   

Your application should include the following attachments:

  • Letter of motivation.
  • CV including a publication list and contact details of two references.
  • Your vision on research and education.
The first round of interviews will take place in late June/early July 2021. 

Our faculty believes in equal opportunities for everyone. We stand for an inclusive community and believe that diversity contributes to education and research quality. We welcome all employees who contribute to the diversity at our faculty through their unique background and perspective.

We drafted this vacancy to find and hire our new colleague ourselves. Recruitment agencies are kindly requested to refrain from responding.