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Groningen: Fixed-term Assistant Professor in Philosophy of Science

By Wuthrich

The Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Groningen has a vacancy for an

Assistant Professor in Philosophy of Science (0.6 fte)

for two years. The position may be extended and/or converted to a permanent position of at least 0.6. fte within the newly established University College Groningen. Extension and/or conversion are conditional on the candidate’s proven suitability, and on the continuation of the methodology programme at the University College.


In the upcoming two academic years the candidate will teach Philosophy of Science in the Philosophy Faculty and the Honours College of the University of Groningen for 50% of the position. For the remaining 50% s/he will develop, coordinate and teach courses in the Research Methodology learning line of the University College Groningen. An active interest in teaching ambitious and enterprising students is therefore required.


The ideal candidate holds a PhD in philosophy or in an adjacent discipline, and has expertise in the philosophy of science and/or in scientific methodology. S/he has an international orientation, as may be exemplified by having studied abroad or by working experience at a foreign university. Knowledge of mathematical or statistical methods is a significant advantage. In addition, experience with the didactic principles of collaborative learning is considered advantageous, and proven affinity or experience with interdisciplinary research is a strong requirement.


Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative center of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 28,000 students
and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Belonging to the best research universities in Europe and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

The Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Groningen is a stimulating and lively community of excellent lecturers and researchers. In the past decade it was consistently ranked among the best institutions for academic philosophy in the Netherlands, by both lecturers and students and both on research and on teaching. The faculty has an interdisciplinary outlook and maintains strong ties with other faculties in the university.

The University College Groningen will start in September 2014 as a brand new faculty of the University of Groningen. It is a residential college with a focus on co-creating the living environments of the 21st century. At UCG students are offered a strong and demanding Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) programme that is built around core disciplinary courses, research methods, and a strong interdisciplinary focus on creativity, innovation, and specific themes that represent challenges of this century: Energy, Healthy Ageing and Sustainable Society.


Ideally the candidate is available as of September 2014. Salary and conditions are in accordance with appointment at lecturer level (Universitair Docent) and are depending on education and experience. The salary will range between (minimum) € 3.259 and (maximum) € 5.070 gross per month for a fulltime appointment (Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities).

The vacancy is for a period of two years. There is the possibility of an extension/conversion to a permanent contract within the University College Groningen of at least 0.6. fte. Extension and/or conversion are conditional on the candidate’s proven suitability, and on the continuation of the
methodology programme at the University College. Further details on salary and conditions can be obtained from the HR department of the University of Groningen.


Please follow this link to the online application system:


For information you can contact Prof.dr. J.W. Romeijn, Please send a letter and a curriculum vitae by May 26. Interviews will be held half June.

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