[FOM] University of Utrecht: Full Professor of Theoretical Philosophy

Richard Heck richard_heck at brown.edu
Sun Nov 23 16:19:54 EST 2014

Albert Visser has asked me to share this with FOM.

Richard Heck


Full Professor of TheoreticalPhilosophy*

*Job description*

Utrecht University is looking for a full professor of Theoretical 
Philosophy as from September 1, 2015. The chair of Theoretical 
Philosophy is one of the core chairs in philosophy of the Department of 
Philosophy and Religious Studies and is an important point of contact 
within Utrecht University for questions regarding the foundations of 
mathematics and philosophy of science.

The professor is to play a key role in structuring the profile of 
research and education in Theoretical Philosophy. Where research is 
concerned he/she will focus on one of the sub- sections of Theoretical 
Philosophy, i.e. metaphysics, philosophy of science, epistemology or 
logic. In her/his research, the professor is to encompass theoretical 
philosophy in a broader sense: starting from a his/her own research 
focus, he/she will relate this research to other areas in (theoretical) 
philosophy and in other disciplines. Demonstrable affinity with formal 
methods is a vital part of the profile of the Utrecht research group.

The professor is director of the group of Theoretical Philosophy and 
participates in the bachelor’s programmes of Philosophy and Artificial 
Intelligence and in the master’s programme Artificial Intelligence. 
He/she is to contribute substantially to the research master 
programmes “Philosophy” and “History and Philosophy of the Sciences 
and the Humanities”.

The successful candidateis expected to play an active leading and 
coordinating role in his/her research group, in the Department of 
Philosophy and Religious Studies, in the Faculty of Humanities and in 
the university as a whole. She/he is also expected to render a 
significant contribution to the Descartes Centre for the History and 
Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities.

Finally, the professor is expected to substantially contribute to the 
administration of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies and 
of the Faculty of Humanities.


The successful candidate

·is an excellent senior researcher with agood grasp of the whole field 
of Theoretical Philosophy in broad outlines and with a profound 
knowledge of Theoretical Philosophy in one of the specific areas 
mentioned above, and with demonstrable affinity with formal methods in 

·has shown the ability to set up his or her own innovative line of 
research, to obtain research grants and to stimulate and supervise young 
researchers, especially PhD students;

·is capable of international and interdisciplinary cooperation, as shown 
by various forms of collaboration and publications;

·is a motivating and dedicated teacher who makes use of modern teaching 
methods and is capable of translating his/her own research projects into 
a dynamic education environment, and who preferably has experience in 
teaching abroad;

·is able to engage in, develop and maintain cooperation networks, 
actively participates in international fora and manages to give his/her 
research projects and staff members a clear profile at an international 

·is collaborative and shows the communicative and organisational skills 
required for the responsibilities entailed in this position; is, in 
other words, a team player with a clear capacity to leadership and with 
social skills;

·is able and prepared to teach in Dutch and in English. (Candidates from 
abroad are expected to master the Dutch language in two years’ time.)


In accordance with the present regulations, the successful candidate is 
offered a full-time appointment for five years, followed by tenure after 
positive evaluation. The salary is € 5,003 - €7,285 gross per month for 
a full-time appointment.

*About the organisation*

Utrecht University has a strong ambition regarding quality of teaching 
and study success. This also holds for the sharp research profiles with 
respect to four themes: Sustainability, Life Sciences, Dynamics of Youth 
and Institutions. Utrecht University really forms part of society and 
contributes to answers to the social questions of today and tomorrow.

At the Faculty of Humanities there are about 900 staff members and 7000 
students. The Faculty includes four domains of knowledge:

1.Philosophy and religious studies

2.History and history of arts

3.Media and culture studies and languages

4.Literature and communication

With teaching and research in these areas the Faculty wants to 
contribute to a better understanding of the Netherlands and Europe in a 
swiftly 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 working environment. In addition Utrecht 
University offers attractive employment conditions.

*Additional information*

Are you interested? Please ask for the profile report from theHR 
department of the Faculty of Humanities (003130) 2536244 or hr.gw at uu.nl 
<mailto:hr.gw at uu.nl>

For additional information please contact Prof.dr. M. Düwell at 
m.duwell at uu.nl <mailto:m.duwell at uu.nl>


Applications, including a covering letter (with motivation) for this 
position, a curriculum vitae and a list of publications may be submitted 
via the link given below, till 5 January 2015.

The interviews with candidates will take place by the end of January 
2015. The second round in the application procedure is planned for 
mid-Frebruary 2015.

Giving a trial lecture, submitting a research plan, as well as an 
assessment may form part of the application procedure.

Application should be submitted before 6 January 2015.

Albert Visser, Philosophy,
Faculty of Humanities,
Janskerkhof 13A, 3512 BL Utrecht
The Netherlands
Phone 0031-30-2532173

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