Assistant Professor in Theoretical Philosophy (1.0 FTE)

Assistant Professor in Theoretical Philosophy (1.0 FTE)

Assistant Professor in Theoretical Philosophy (1.0 FTE)

Job description
The Department for Philosophy and Religious Studies at Utrecht University is looking for an Assistant Professor in the field of Theoretical Philosophy, with a research focus on mathematical logic or formal epistemology. This position includes both teaching (70%) and research in this field (30%). The position is part of the group for “Theoretical Philosophy” within the department. Together with Linguistics, Experimental Psychology, and Information and Computer Sciences the group is responsible for teaching in Artificial Intelligence. Together with the group for “History of philosophy” and the “Ethics Institute”, this group is responsible for the department’s research and teaching in philosophy.

The group for “Theoretical Philosophy” has research foci in foundations of mathematics, mathematical logic, logic for AI, philosophy of AI, metaphilosophy, philosophy of science, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, and in philosophy of language. The group stands in close interaction with the History and philosophy of science-group at Utrecht University.

We are looking for a colleague who can substantially contribute to research and teaching in the field of logic and/or formal epistemology. In research, the specific research accentuation will depend on the candidate’s expertise. Close cooperation with the “strategic themes” and/or “focus areas” of Utrecht University is desired, as well as cooperation with the other groups within the department. This can be achieved, for instance, by joining the focus area “History and philosophy of the sciences and humanities”, or by cooperating with colleagues in AI.

As regards teaching, the assistant professor will teach on both BA- and MA-level, contribute to interdisciplinary teaching activities, supervise theses, and is available for administrative tasks concerning teaching, such as the development of teaching curricula or participation in the relevant committees. The candidate is in particular expected to contribute to the group’s teaching in formal logic, logic & computation, statistics, and modal logic. The candidate is also expected to be available for other administrative tasks in the department and/or faculty.


  • have finished your PhD;
  • have a strong international track record in research in the field of mathematical logic or formal epistemology, as documented by publications in international journals and/or with the important publishers in the field;
  • have proven your ability to perform innovative research on a high level, and are willing and able to compete for national and international research grants;
  • are an inspiring and experienced teacher who can develop and teach courses on both BA- and MA-level, as documented by a strong track record in teaching (and preferably a certificate in academic teaching), preferably or willing to achieve within due time;
  • have the ability to play an appropriate role in departmental management and to contribute fully to the academic life of the department;
  • are able and willing to teach in Dutch and in English (we expect foreign candidates to master the Dutch language within two years).

We offer a position, starting August 1st 2016. The initial appointment will be on a temporary basis for a period of one year. Subject to satisfactory performance, this will be followed by a permanent appointment. Salary depends on qualifications and experience and will by full qualification range from € 3,400 to € 4,654 for a full time position, consistent with the CAO (Collective Employment Agreement) scale 11 for Dutch Universities.
Under the current CAO Utrecht University offers a pension scheme, a holiday allowance of 8% per year, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% and flexible employment conditions. Conditions are set by the Collective Employment Agreement of the Dutch Universities. More information:terms of employment and Working at Utrecht University.

About the organization
A better future for everyone. That is the ambition that motivates our scholars in their top research and their inspiring teaching. The various disciplines within Utrecht University collaborate closely on important social themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

The Faculty of Humanities has around 7,000 students and 900 academic staff. 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 centre of Utrecht, where the Faculty is housed, contribute to an inspiring work environment.

Additional information
For more information, please contact prof. D. Cohnitz, email: d.cohnitz@uu.nl.

Written applications should address the criteria mentioned under “Profile”, and include the following documents:
Motivation letter;
Curriculum vitae;
Description of the candidate’s teaching experience;
Statement of research (max. 1000 words);
Teaching statement (max. 1000 words).
Candidates who make the shortlist will be interviewed in person in Utrecht. The interviews will be held on June 23, 2016.

Deadline for submitting your application is June 12th, 2016.

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