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University Lecturer (1.0 FTE)

University of Leiden - Faculty of Humanities, Institute of Philosophy

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

University Lecturer (1.0 FTE)
Vacancy number 6070

Key responsibilities
Your work will consist of:

  • Teaching courses in Continental philosophy (understood as primarily German and French traditions in post-Kantian philosophy) and history of philosophy 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;
  • Original research in philosophy and dissemination of findings through appropriate channels;
  • 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;
  • Expertise in Continental philosophy and history of philosophy;
  • Research and publication record commensurate with career stage;
  • Teaching experience and commitment to high-quality teaching practice;
  • Excellent command of English;
  • Ability to teach and supervise in Dutch from the outset will be considered an advantage. 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;
  • 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 organisation
The Faculty of Humanities is rich in expertise in fields such as philosophy, religious studies, history, art history, literature, linguistics and area studies covering nearly every region of the world. With its staff of 995, the faculty provides 27 master’s and 25 bachelor’s programmes for over 7,000 students. For more information

The Institute of Philosophy conducts research and offers teaching in the standard areas of philosophy in both Continental and analytic 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

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 €37,806 to €69,472 (pay scale 10 or 11 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities) gross per year, 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 gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More at

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Enquiries about the function content and the procedure can be made to Professor James McAllister, academic director, Institute of Philosophy, email, telephone +31 71 527 2004

Please submit online your application no later than 5 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. 

Location: Leiden - Netherlands
Salary: €37,806 to €69,472
£33,624.69 to £61,788.47 converted salary* gross per year.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 8th February 2019
Closes: 5th March 2019
Job Ref: 6070
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