Assistant Professor of Political Philosophy
Radboud University Department of Ethics and Political Philosophy
Netherlands

Assistant Professor of Political Philosophy and/or Philosophical Ethics, with expertise in the Philosophy of Technology

  • Employment: 1.0 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: 15 June 2021

We are looking for

The Department of Ethics and Political Philosophy seeks to strengthen its teaching and research expertise in the field of Philosophy of Technology. Digitalisation is giving rise to a range of ethical and philosophical challenges: from algorithmic discrimination to the automation of work and the growing power of platforms. We are therefore looking for an Assistant Professor of Political Philosophy and/or Ethics with expertise in the Philosophy of Technology who, together with their colleagues at the department and beyond, will focus on these contemporary challenges, both in teaching and research. The position will consist of 50% teaching, 45% research and 5% administration . 

You should have a broad background in ethics and/or political philosophy with a passion for teaching that will enable you to teach a variety of courses offered in the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies, including service courses offered to other faculties. You will teach courses in ethics and/or political philosophy as well as in philosophy of technology, for example in the international BA programme 'Philosophy, Politics and Society' and supervise BA and MA theses in philosophy. In your research, the philosophy of technology (or related subfields such as the ethics of technology, digitalisation or critical data studies) plays an important role, alongside other themes of ethics and/or political philosophy. We will expect you to collaborate with colleagues in and outside the department, for example in Radboud's interdisciplinary research center on the impacts of digitalisation on society, the iHub. You will play an active role in departmental activities and in the new Radboud Centre for Philosophy and Society, such as organising research meetings, and participating in grant applications and other administrative tasks.

We ask

  • A PhD in ethics and/or political philosophy with a research focus on the philosophy of technology or related subfields.
  • You are an inspiring teacher, preferably with experience at both BA and MA level.
  • Proficiency in Dutch (C2 level) and English (C1 level) or willingness to achieve these levels within two years. Obtaining these levels and being able to teach in both languages is a criterion for tenure.
  • You are preferably in possession of the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) or are willing to obtain it within two years.
  • You like working as part of a multidisciplinary research group.

We are

The Department of Philosophical Ethics and Political Philosophy is part of the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies at Radboud University. The faculty is a compact, ambitious organisation with approximately 160 staff members, housed in eight academic departments and the supporting office, and nearly 900 students. Our educational programme includes several top-notch courses 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 social issues. 

The Department makes an essential contribution to the Faculty's teaching and is also very active in service teaching at other faculties of Radboud University. Our research is housed in the newly opened Radboud Center for Philosophy and Society (RCPS). The RCPS positions itself at the intersection of philosophy and society. It draws on multiple philosophical traditions within ethics and political philosophy, as well as other discplines, to address societal challenges. Research lines include democracy and contestation, the ethics and politics of digitalization, integrity and healthcare, critical philosophy of race, and environmental ethics.

The Department works very closely with the Interdisciplinary Hub for Privacy, Security and Data Governance (iHub), Radboud University's interfaculty research centre on digitalisation and society. iHub brings together researchers from various disciplines, including philosophy, computer science, law and social sciences, to explore the impact of the digitisation of society. iHub's research areas include the ethics of artificial intelligence, the 'Googlisation' of healthcare, and fake news and democracy. iHub also includes a lab for the development of value-driven technologies.

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: 1.0 FTE.
  • A maximum gross monthly salary of € 5,826 based on a 38-hour working week (salary scale 12). The starting salary for a full-time appointment is €3,746 gross per month (salary scale 11).
  • 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: 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:
Prof. dr. Jean-Pierre Wils, Chair of the Department
Tel.: +31 24 361 24 85
Email: j.p.wils@ftr.ru.nl 

Dr. Tamar Sharon, Co-director iHub
Tel.: +31 24 750 39 83
Email: t.sharon@ftr.ru.nl

Apply directly

Please address your application to Prof. dr. Jean-Pierre Wils and submit it, using the application button, no later than 15 June 2021, 23:59 Amsterdam Time Zone.   

Your application should include the following attachments:

  • Letter of motivation.
  • CV with publication list and the names and contact details of at least 2 referees.
  • Two publications relevant to this position.
Interviews will take place in the end of June/beginning of July. 

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.


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