Vacancy: Assistant professor in Social and Political Philosophy at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Philosophy, Maastricht University
Assistant professor in Social and Political Philosophy at the Faculty of Arts
and Social Sciences, Department of Philosophy, Maastricht University
1.0fte 6-year tenure-track position
Reference number: AT2019.037
FASoS is seeking an assistant professor with demonstrated excellence in
teaching and research in social and/or political philosophy.
Research is carried out within the context of the Research Institute for Arts
and Social Sciences and, in particular, relating to the interdisciplinary
research programme Political Culture in Europe or Science, Technology and
Society Studies. S/He is expected to develop international research projects
and to attract external funding that is related to the facultys core research
The selected candidate will contribute to the teaching and coordination of
courses and supervision of internships, projects and theses in the BA and MA
programmes of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and in the BA programme
of the UCM.The division of teaching and research duties follows the regular
division used at the Faculty of 60% teaching and management and 40% research.
The research time can be extended through external fundraising.
Suitable candidates will have a PhD degree in philosophy with a focus on
modern society, culture and/or politics. Knowledge of the social and political
impacts of digitalisation is a recommendation. Fluency in English is a
prerequisite, while non-Dutch speaking applicants should be willing to learn
Dutch (basic level). After earning the PhD, they will have gained relevant
work experience in an academic position at a university.
The candidate should be an experienced and enthusiastic teacher and have
demonstrated ability in thesis supervision and teaching coordination roles.
Experience with course development is an asset. The candidate is able to
stimulate student learning and to maximize student participation in our system
of small-scale problem-based learning (PBL). Experience with teaching in
international classrooms is preferable.
Candidates should display outstanding quality in research and be open to an
interdisciplinary approach. They will have a relevant international network
and a track record of potential for grant acquisition. International
peer-reviewed academic publications are imperative.
The candidate is expected to be a team player, to have an open, effective
management style, and be ready to fulfil an administrative role in the
Maastricht University is renowned for its unique, innovative, problem-based
learning system, which is characterized by a small-scale and student-oriented
approach. Research at UM is characterized by a multidisciplinary and thematic
approach, and is concentrated in research institutes and schools. Maastricht
University has around 16,300 students and 4,300 employees. Reflecting the
university's strong international profile, a fair amount of both students and
staff are from abroad. The university hosts 6 faculties: Faculty of Health,
Medicine and Life Sciences, Faculty of Law, School of Business and Economics,
Faculty of Science and Engineering, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences,
Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience.
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS) has about 250 staff members,
and about 1,600 students. More than 76% of the students are non-Dutch (64
different nationalities). All programmes are offered in English and some are
also offered in Dutch. FASoS offers two 3-year bachelors programmes: Arts and
Culture and European Studies. It also offers eight different 1-year Masters
programmes and two 2-year research masters programmes.
Research is organised around four programmes: Politics and Culture in Europe;
Science, Technology and Society Studies; Arts, Media and Culture; and
Globalisation, Transnationalism and Development. The Faculty of Arts and
Social Sciences is housed in the historic city centre of Maastricht.
What we have to offer
Maastricht University provides an attractive, internationally-oriented
academic environment where young people receive an advanced education and
scholars conduct first-rate research.
Initially, candidates are employed on a temporary contract as assistant
professor (level 2) and agree to specific development goals. Five years into
the appointment, candidates will be evaluated and if the development goals
have been met, promoted to assistant professor (level 1) on a permanent
contract. The evaluation can be brought forward if criteria are met earlier.
On the candidates request the evaluation can be deferred in case of special
personal circumstances, such as pregnancy leave, parental leave or chronic
The workload will be the normal workload for the position of assistant
professor. Currently this implies 60% teaching and 40% research activities.
Remuneration will be according to standard salary levels, depending on
education and relevant work experience. This implies a minimum of 3.637,00
and a maximum of 4.978,00 gross per month for a full-time appointment of 38
hours per week (salary scale 11, Dutch Universities Conditions of
Each year the standard salary is supplemented with a holiday allowance of 8%
and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%.
The universitys relocation policy stipulates that the selected candidate
needs to move to (the vicinity of) Maastricht. If not already living in
Maastricht (or its direct surroundings), (s)he will be eligible for an
allowance for moving costs or an allowance for alternative housing. Other
secondary conditions include a pension scheme and partially paid parental
The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective
Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Furthermore, local UM provisions
also apply. For more information look at the website
Support> UM employees.
Starting date: Preferably 15 August 2019 (or as soon as possible thereafter).
Further information on the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is available on
our website: http://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/fasos.
Any inquiries about the position or the project may be addressed to:
Candidates are invited to submit their application, which should consist of:
1. A letter of motivation;
2. The PhD degree certificate;
3. A full CV & complete list of publications;
4. A statement on teaching and research interests and how these link to the
teaching and research conducted at our faculty;
5. Teaching evaluations, if available;
6. Two writing samples: published article(s) and/or book chapter;
7. The contact information of two referees (including e-mail, phone number,
mailing address, and relationship to the applicant).
Maastricht University is committed to nurturing an inclusive culture and a
welcoming atmosphere. This inclusiveness strategy has resulted in a very
diverse representation of nationalities and cultures. We strongly believe that
diversity (including, but not limited to nationality, age and gender) of the
staff and student population will increase the quality of UM education &
research. Fostering diversity and inclusivity creates an academic community
where individual talents thrive, and values and differences are cherished. We
strongly encourage you to apply if you are qualified for this position.
The deadline for submitting your application is 28 February 2019.
Please send your application electronically to the Secretariat of the
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Ties van de Werff, PhD | postdoc researcher | Department of Philosophy |
Maastricht University | Grote Gracht 86 room 0.002 | P.O. Box 616, 6200 MD
Maastricht | T +31 6 17054514 |
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