Assistant Professor in Philosophy – PPE



Utrecht University will offer a new undergraduate (Bachelor) program in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) as from September 2018. The program will be selective, admitting 75 students per year and providing an intensive, small-scale and interdisciplinary training in the study of political and economic institutions, from the point of view of four disciplines: philosophy, history, politics and economics. To support the program, we are searching for four Assistant Professors:

  1. Assistant Professor in Economics
  2. Assistant Professor in Politics & Governance
  3. Assistant Professor in History
  4. Assistant Professor in Philosophy


The assistant professors will be appointed at one of the four departments participating in the PPE program: the Utrecht School of Economics, the Utrecht School of Governance, the Department of History and Art History, and the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. Each assistant professor will be involved in high-quality teaching and supervision tasks within the PPE undergraduate program, and to a more limited extent also in the regular programs offered by the four departments attached to PPE. Research activities will take place within the department of which the assistant professor is a member.




Candidates are invited to apply to one of the four positions. They should both fulfill  the general requirements and fit into one of the four specialized profiles.


General requirements:


The successful candidate will have:

  • A broad academic interest in questions with respect to economic and political institutions (democracy, rule of law, public organizations, markets, firms, etc.), with a clear focus on the origin, dynamics and societal outcomes of these institutions.
  • A record (appropriate to career stage) of publications that demonstrate the ability to conduct research which is internationally excellent in significance, originality and rigour.
  • A research agenda within this field, rooted in one or more of the participating disciplines (philosophy, history, economics and politics & governance); as evidenced by a realistic medium-term research plan, aiming for publications in leading journals, with potential for attracting/securing external research funding.
  • Experience with teaching in undergraduate and/or graduate (BA and/or MA) programs, preferably in the field of political and economic institutions. A university teaching qualification is desired but not required; in case the candidate does not have one, he/she will be expected to follow the procedure for obtaining the qualification within two years of appointment.
  • An interdisciplinary attitude: the willingness and abilities to contribute to the development of interdisciplinary teaching and research with respect to the functioning of political and economic institutions, and to participate actively in the strategic theme Institutions for Open Societies (IOS) at Utrecht University (
  • A willingness and ability to connect to social practices and public debates; and a proven ability to engage with international developments and societal challenges reaching beyond borders.
  • An open and enthusiastic attitude; the willingness and abilities to contribute actively to the formation of a close-knit PPE community of staff and students, both in teaching and extracurricular activities.
  • Excellent communication and coordination skills.
  • Excellent proficiency in spoken and written English.


Requirements for the position Assistant Professor in Philosophy:


The successful candidate will have

  • a doctorate in Philosophy or a related discipline.
  • demonstrable general knowledge of the fields of political and/or economic philosophy.
  • a research specialization within (one of) these fields. For political philosophy this may include democratic theory, socio-economic theories of justice, theories of political legitimacy and authority. For economic philosophy this may include economic ethics, business ethics, and methodology of economic science.
  • a solid expertise in the history of philosophy in these fields will be much appreciated.


In selecting candidates, the committee will seek to achieve a balanced composition of the PPE team, with respect to disciplinary backgrounds, gender and ethnic and cultural diversity. Successful candidates are team players.




The initial appointment, at least from March 1, will be on a temporary basis for a period of one year. Subject to satisfactory performance, this will be followed by a permanent appointment.


Candidates will be offered a position that initially includes 60% teaching and 40% research responsibilities. This is for two years (in case a permanent appointment is offered). Continuation of this 60/40 division after two years depends on a performance assessment and the financial situation of the Faculty of Humanities, as for all other staff members.

The starting salary depends on qualifications and experience and ranges from €3,475 to € 4,757 (consistent with scale 11 of the Collective Employment Agreement for Dutch Universities) gross 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. A favorable tax regime may apply for foreign applicants. In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including attractive retirement scheme and (partly paid) parental leave. For more information visit Working at Utrecht University.


About the organization


Utrecht University seeks to achieve excellence in teaching and student performance. The university is equally ambitious in its four research themes: Sustainability, Life Sciences, Dynamics of Youth, and Institutions. Utrecht University is committed to community outreach and contributes to answering the social questions of today and tomorrow.


Further information


Would you like to have further information about this position. The please contact dr. R.J.G. Claassen,




The deadline for applying is January 1st. A first round of interviews will be scheduled in the week of 22-26 January. A second round of interviews is scheduled on 8 and 9 February. Interviews in the first round may be conducted over Skype. Candidates who make the shortlist will be interviewed in person in Utrecht.


The application should include:

  • Cover letter?
  • A complete and up-to-date curriculum vitae?
  • A research plan for the coming years of maximum 2000 words.
  • Copy of a key publication.
  • Two course evaluations.
  • The names and contact details of two referees




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