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University Lecturer in practical Philosophy

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The Hague, Leiden
Geplaatst op
08 maart 2019
31 maart 2019

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The Faculty of Humanities, Institute of Philosophy is looking for a

University Lecturer in practical Philosophy (1.0 FTE) 

Key responsibilities

  • Original research in Practical Philosophy, e.g. (history of) moral philosophy; meta-ethics; applied ethics; social and political philosophy;
  • Teaching courses in Practical Philosophy in our BA and MA programmes and in other Leiden University degree programmes as required, and supervision of BA and MA theses;
  • Teaching in Dutch in due course;
  • Supervision of PhD research;
  • Acquisition of research funding from outside sources;
  • Representation of the field to external audiences and media;
  • Active participation in the running of the institution.

 Selection criteria

  • PhD degree in philosophy;
  • Specialization in practical philosophy, e.g. (history of) moral philosophy; meta-ethics; applied ethics; social and political philosophy;
  • Research and publication record commensurate with career stage;
  • Teaching competencies in areas of practical philosophy that complement our existing expertise, e.g. (history of) moral philosophy and applied ethics will be considered an advantage;
  • Teaching experience and commitment to high-quality teaching practice;
  • Excellent command of English;
  • If the successful applicant does not speak Dutch, s/he will be required to acquire proficiency in Dutch to level B1 within two years of taking up the appointment;
  • Upon appointment, depending on experience and formal qualifications, the successful applicant is required to obtain a nationally standardized teaching skills certificate (BKO);
  • Openness to other philosophical traditions and to interdisciplinary cooperation;
  • Team player, but also able to carry out independent research and teaching;
  • Flexible, enterprising, and enthusiastic.

Our Faculty/Institute

The Faculty of Humanities is rich in expertise in fields including philosophy, religious studies, history, art history, literature, linguistics, and area studies covering nearly every region of the world. With a staff of around 1,000, the faculty provides 25 BA and 27 MA programmes for over 7,000 students.

The Institute of Philosophy conducts research and offers teaching in the standard areas of philosophy in both analytic and Continental traditions, as well as in comparative philosophy. With around 35 employees and 500 students, the institute offers an innovative, collegial, and international working environment. For more information, see https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/humanities/institute-for-philosophy.

Terms and conditions

We offer a full-time (38 hours per week), fixed-term post for the period of two years from 1 August 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter, with the possibility of a permanent contract conditional on performance and funding. Salary range, depending on training and experience, is from € 2,709 to € 4,978 (pay scale 10 to 11 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities) before tax per month, based on a full-time appointment.

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3%), training and career development, and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model offers some freedom to assemble a personalised set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. There is a Dual Career Programme for international spouses; for further details, see https://www.medewerkers.universiteitleiden.nl/po/international-staff/social-life-and-settling-in/your-spouses-career---the-dual-career-programme-dcp.


Diversity is one of our university’s core values in research and teaching. We especially welcome applications from members of underrepresented groups. Women and members of ethnic minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Further information

Enquiries may be directed to Prof. James McAllister, academic director, Institute of Philosophy, tel. +31 71 527 2004, e-mail j.w.mcallister@phil.leidenuniv.nl.


Please submit online your application no later than 31 March 2019 via the blue button in our application system. Applicants should submit online:

  • Motivation letter;
  • CV including education and employment history, courses taught, publications;
  • Research plan with clear potential for applications to funding bodies such as NWO and ERC (max. 2 pages);
  • Statement of teaching philosophy (max. 2 pages);
  • Representative course descriptions and, if available, teaching evaluations;
  • Names and contact details of at least two academic referees (no reference letters at this stage).

 Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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