University Lecturer in Theoretical Philosophy


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

University Lecturer in Theoretical Philosophy (0.8 - 1.0 FTE)
Vacancy number: 22-469 12244 

The Institute of Philosophy is seeking further to strengthen its research and teaching in theoretical philosophy, which includes logic, metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of language, science, and mind. One of our priorities for this vacancy is to strengthen our Dutch-language teaching capacity. The Leiden theoretical philosophy group is a research-intensive, internationally oriented, and collegial unit with good links to other university departments. We offer a starting position that could range from 0.8-1.0 FTE, with an initial, fixed-term contract of eighteen months, and the possibility of a permanent contract to follow.

Key responsibilities
The successful candidate will take on the following responsibilities commensurate with career stage:
•    Original research in theoretical philosophy, leading to high-quality publications;
•    Teaching of philosophy courses in logic and other subjects in Dutch and in English in our BA and MA programmes in Philosophy and in other Leiden University degree programmes as required, as well as supervision of BA and MA theses;
•    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 any area of theoretical philosophy, taken to include logic, metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of language, philosophy of science (including special sciences), philosophy of mind, and history of analytic philosophy;
•    Research and publication record commensurate with career stage;
•    Broad teaching competencies and teaching experience in philosophy and commitment to high-quality teaching practice. An ability to teach logic and other courses in Dutch from the date of appointment will be considered essential;
•    Excellent command of English;
•    The appointee is required, depending on experience and formal qualifications, to obtain a nationally recognised University Teaching Qualification (BKO). The appointee must demonstrate sufficient progress toward the attainment of the BKO by the time of the 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 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 based at locations in Leiden and in The Hague. For more information:

The Institute of Philosophy conducts research and offers teaching in the standard areas of philosophy in the analytic and Continental traditions, in intercultural philosophy, and in their history. With around 40 employees and 600 students, the Institute offers an innovative, collegial, and international working environment. For more information, see

Terms and conditions
We offer an initial fixed-term (18 month) appointment that could range from 0.8-1.0 FTE, that is, to begin on 1 January, 2023, or as soon as possible thereafter, with the possibility of a permanent contract conditional on performance and funding, to be determined after the first year of service.
Salary range, depending on training and experience, from €3974.- to €5439.- gross per month (pay scale 11), in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). You may start at the appropriate step in scale 10 until you fully meet the requirements for scale 11 as specified by the Faculty of Humanities. Should the initial position begin at an appointment level of less than 1.0 FTE, we may make the position into a full-time one after promotion to permanent should finances and circumstances permit this.

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 requires teaching staff to obtain the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ). If the successful applicant does not already possess this qualification or its equivalent, he/ she must be willing to obtain this Qualification within two years.

Diversity and inclusion
Diversity and inclusion are core values of Leiden University. Leiden University is committed to becoming an inclusive community which enables all students and staff to feel valued and respected and to develop their full potential. Diversity in experiences and perspectives enriches our teaching and strengthens our research. High quality teaching and research is inclusive.

Enquiries may be directed to Prof. Douglas Berger, Academic Director, Institute of Philosophy, tel. +31 71 527 6497, e-mail

Please submit online your application no later than October 1st 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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