PhD Candidate in Promovendus Theoretical Philosophy

Utrecht University Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies

PhD candidate/promovendus theoretical philosophy (1.0 FTE)

Job description

  • To strengthen its research capacity in newly emerging research fields in theoretical philosophy, the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Utrecht University is currently looking for a PhD candidate in one of the following areas:
  • Philosophical logic and philosophy of logic (potential supervisors: Prof Rosalie Iemhoff and Prof Daniel Cohnitz);
  • Formal logic modelling and cognitive science (potential supervisors: Prof Rosalie Iemhoff, Prof Daniel Cohnitz and Prof Jan Broersen);
  • Neuro-symbolic AI, ethics and knowledge representation (potential supervisors: Prof Jan Broersen and Prof Rosalie Iemhoff);
  • Mathematical logic and philosophy of mathematics (potential supervisors: Prof Rosalie Iemhoff and Prof Daniel Cohnitz);
  • Social epistemology, post truth and AI (potential supervisors: Prof Daniel Cohnitz and Prof Jan Broersen);
  • Game theory, norms and simulation of social interactions (potential supervisors: Prof Daniel Cohnitz and Prof Jan Broersen).


The PhD position (4 years) is independent of any overarching research project and is funded by the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Utrecht University. We ask prospective candidates to write a brief proposal fitting in with one of these themes. The proposal should be no longer than 2,000 words (excluding references). All proposals will be reviewed by a team that includes the potential supervisors mentioned.

The ranking of the proposals will be based on the following general criteria:

  • originality, timeliness and motivation;
  • fit with the above themes and research of the potential supervisors;
  • strength/background/fitness of the candidate for the proposed research.


  • an MA or equivalent degree in Philosophy or a cognate discipline;
  • proficiency in academic English;
  • ability to work independently and in a team, with good organizational and communication skills.


We offer a temporary position (1.0 FTE) for a period of 18 months. In case of good performance and a positive evaluation, the contract will be extended for the remaining period of 30 months (4 years in total). The gross salary ranges between €2,395 in the first year and €3,061 in the fourth year (scale P according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year. In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). More information about working at Utrecht University can be found here.

About the organization

A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

The Faculty of Humanities has around 6,000 students and 900 staff members. It comprises four knowledge domains: Philosophy and Religious Studies, History and Art History, Media and Culture Studies, and Languages, Literature and Communication. With its research and education in these fields, the Faculty aims to contribute to a better understanding of the Netherlands and Europe in a rapidly changing social and cultural context. The enthusiastic and committed colleagues and the excellent amenities in the historical city center of Utrecht, where the Faculty is housed, contribute to an inspiring working environment.

Additional information

For more information about this position, please contact:
Prof Daniel Cohnitz (Head of Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies), via

Please also refer to the website of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies.


Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. To apply, please send your curriculum vitae, including a letter of motivation via the ‘apply’ button below. Please upload the following:

  • an application letter that sets out your qualifications and motivation for applying for the position;
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a sketch of the research project you want to pursue doing your PhD (no more than 2,000 words);
  • if applicable, a copy of your Master's thesis or a sample of your written work;
  • a transcript of grades and/or scan of the Master's certificate;
  • two letters of recommendation.

Interviews will be scheduled for the week of May 17. Employment will become effective in September 2021.

The application deadline is