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University Lecturer in Theoretical Philosophy

21-550 10027
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2 november 2021
10 december 2021 Vacature gesloten

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

University Lecturer in Theoretical Philosophy (0.8 FTE)

Vacancy number: 21-550 10027

The Institute of Philosophy is seeking further to strengthen its research and teaching activities in theoretical philosophy, which includes logic, metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of language, science, and mind. We are especially seeking to strengthen our research capacity in philosophical logic and/or philosophy of artificial intelligence. The Leiden theoretical philosophy group is a research-intensive, internationally oriented, and collegial unit with good links to other units in the university.

Key responsibilities

The successful candidate will take on the following responsibilities commensurate with career stage:

  • Original research in theoretical philosophy;
  • Teaching philosophy courses in our BA and MA programmes in Philosophy 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 theoretical philosophy. A research specialisation in philosophical logic and/or philosophy of artificial intelligence will be considered an advantage;
  • Research and publication record commensurate with career stage;
  • Broad teaching competencies in philosophy and commitment to high-quality teaching practice. Experience in teaching philosophical logic and philosophical skills will be considered an advantage;
  • Excellent command of English;
  • Non-Dutch-speaking candidates will be required to acquire proficiency in Dutch to level B1 within two years of taking up the appointment. The candidate must demonstrate sufficient progress toward attaining this level of Dutch acquisition by the time of the probationary review. The institute facilitates Dutch-language learning with reimbursement of costs and teaching relief for an approved training programme;
  • Upon appointment, depending on experience and formal qualifications, the successful applicant is required to obtain a nationally recognised University Teaching Qualification (BKO); the candidate must demonstrate sufficient progress toward the attainment of the BKO by the time of probationary review;
  • 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 analytic and Continental traditions and in intercultural philosophy as well as their history. With around 35 employees and 600 students, the institute offers an innovative, collegial, and international working environment. For more information, see the website.

Terms and conditions

We offer a part-time (0.8 FTE), fixed-term post for the period of 18 months from 1 August 2022, or as soon as possible thereafter, with the possibility of a permanent contract conditional on performance and funding. We intend to explore the possibility of a full-time appointment in the longer term. Salary range, depending on training and experience, is from € 3408 to € 5211 (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 the website.


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. Douglas Berger, academic director, Institute of Philosophy, tel. +31 71 527 6497, e-mail d.l.berger@phil.leidenuniv.nl.


Please submit online your application no later than December 10th 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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