Assistant Professor of Public Health Ethics
VU University of Amsterdam Department of Philosophy


FTE: 1

Job description

The department of philosophy of the VU Amsterdam has a vacancy for an assistant professor (tenure-track) of public health ethics. Teaching will be in the MA programme “Philosophy, Bioethics, and Health” (PBH) as well as in the BA programme “Philosophy, Politics and Economics” (PPE) of the VU’s John Stuart Mill College, and the BA/MA Philosophy programmes. We are looking for candidates who will contribute to the further development of the philosophy department’s interdisciplinary focus. Given the profile of the research group and teaching in the PPE programme, candidates with expertise in the philosophy and ethics of policy and/or economics are encouraged to apply.

Your duties

  • conduct research that contributes to the international developments in the field
  • attract external research funding
  • teach courses in bioethics in the interdisciplinary PBH programme and in moral and political philosophy for students in the PPE (undergraduate) and Philosophy (undergraduate and graduate) programmes
  • participate in the research activities of the ethics group of the Department of Philosophy and John Stuart Mill College


  • a PhD in philosophy and a track record in public health ethics
  • strong teaching skills
  • a relevant international network
  • a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ/BKO) or willingness to obtain such a qualification within the first two years of the appointment
  • mastery of English at CEFR C1/C2 level

What are we offering?

We offer a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor initially for the duration of 5 years. During the tenure track, you devote 30% of your working hours to research, 60% to teaching and 10% to management. Tenure can be achieved if the faculty criteria for Assistant Professor are fulfilled. For the duration of the tenure track, performance will be evaluated in terms of teaching, publication record, attempts to acquire research funding either individually or in consortia, academic service and valorisation. After a successful evaluation, permanent employment will be granted.

On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of
€3,746 (scale 11) and a maximum of €5.127 (scale 11), depending on your education and experience. The job profile is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for 1 FTE.

Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:

  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • solid pension scheme (ABP)
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package

About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavor – from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 26,000 students. We employ over 4,600 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

Faculty of Humanities
The Faculty of Humanities links a number of fields of study: Language, Literature and Communication, Art & Culture, History, Antiquities and Philosophy. Our teaching and research focus on current societal and scientific themes: from artificial intelligence to visual culture, from urbanization to the history of slavery, from ‘fake news’ in journalism to communication in organizations. We strive to ensure small group sizes. Innovative education and interdisciplinary research are our hallmarks.

Working at the Faculty of Humanities means making a real contribution to the quality of leading education and research in an inspiring and personal work and study climate. We employ more than 250 staff members, and we are home to around 1,300 students.

Department of Philosophy
The VU Department of Philosophy has a strong interdisciplinary profile in research and education. The Department has approximately 20 staff members and 40 PhD students. The staff members form the essential basis for the functioning of the department. A new staff member is required to make significant contributions to the research and education programs, and to spend effort on specific tasks at the department level.


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae, cover letter, and contact details for two references until April 25, 2021.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Prof. dr. G. (Gerben) Meynen
Position: Professor of Ethics and Psychiatry

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