Professor of Philosophy of the Humanities

Job description

Are you a current or aspiring professor with a drive to shape critical philosophical reflection for humanities students in languages, communication, cultures and (art) history? Then use your experience to increase the visibility and quality of our teaching and research into the philosophy of the humanities within our faculty, nationally and internationally.

The introductory Philosophy of the Humanities course in the Bachelor’s degree programme is compulsory for all students at the Faculty of Arts. You will coordinate these courses faculty-wide and partly teach them yourself. Teaching and research preferably focus on philosophical reflection on the humanities, including cultural philosophy and aesthetics, and pay attention to current themes, such as cultural diversity, interculturality and sustainability. As a professor, you will also participate in the Research Master’s programme in Historical, Literary and Cultural Studies of the Faculty of Arts and fulfil an initiating, stimulating and unifying role in the development and implementation of the teaching programme. Within the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies, you will have a smaller teaching load.

You will stimulate research based on a clear vision and will make research in the philosophy of the humanities more visible within the faculties as well as nationally and internationally. Your duties explicitly include supervising PhD candidates and acquiring indirect government funding and contract funding, as well as actively contributing to the valorisation activities of the faculties.

This position concerns a double appointment: 60% of your mandate will be dedicated to the Faculty of Arts and 40% to the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies. In principle, your duties will consist of 50% teaching and 50% research. Within the Faculty of Arts, you will be associated with the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures and the Radboud Institute for Culture & History (RICH). At the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies, you will be associated with the Centre for Contemporary European Philosophy and the Department of Metaphysics and Philosophical Anthropology.

Requirements

  • You should have a PhD in philosophy with a specialisation related to the humanities, preferably in the field of culture (or cultural reflection).
  • You are mindful of the diversity of society, students and disciplines covered by the humanities.
  • You have an excellent publication record, with publications in internationally leading journals, demonstrating interdisciplinarity and an innovative cultural reflexive approach.
  • You have proven experience in acquiring research grants and supervising PhD research.
  • You are an inspiring and challenging lecturer, with extensive teaching experience at both BA and MA level, who will be widely employable in philosophy teaching at the faculties.
  • You have a university teaching qualification (UTQ) or equivalent, or are willing to obtain one soon.
  • You are able to help shape the full breadth of philosophy within the humanities by playing a coordinating role in the programmes and research institutes in which you will be involved.
  • You have a good command of the English language.
  • If you are a foreign candidate, you should have an excellent command of the Dutch language or be able to acquire a working knowledge of this language within 18 months.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: It concerns a temporary employment for 1 year with the possibility of a permanent contract.

  • It concerns an employment for 1.0 FTE.
  • The gross monthly salary amounts to a minimum of €6,099 and a maximum of €8,881 based on a 38-hour working week, depending on previous education and number of years of relevant work experience (salary scale H2).
  • You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • It concerns a temporary employment for 1 year with the possibility of a permanent contract.
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services. Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
  • Working for us means getting extra days off. In case of full-time employment, you can choose between 30 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the legally allotted 20.

Work and science require good employment practices. This is reflected in Radboud University’s primary and secondary employment conditions. You can make arrangements for the best possible work-life balance with flexible working hours, various leave arrangements and working from home. You are also able to compose part of your employment conditions yourself, for example, exchange income for extra leave days and receive a reimbursement for your sports subscription. And of course, we offer a good pension plan. You are given plenty of room and responsibility to develop your talents and realise your ambitions. Therefore, we provide various training and development schemes.

Employer

The Faculty of Arts is committed to knowledge production with a significant scientific and social impact. With over 500 academic and support staff, we teach and conduct research in the fields of history and art, languages and cultures, and linguistics and communication, using innovative methodologies and working in close collaboration between the disciplines. Our research is embedded in two research institutes: the Centre for Language Studies (CLS) and the Radboud Institute for Culture & History (RICH). We currently have approximately 2,500 students, enrolled in three departments: the Department of History, Art History and Classics, the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, and the Department of Language and Communication. We aim to contribute to a more sustainable and inclusive world, which is why we especially seek applications from candidates who bring diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and skills that will be assets to our study programmes and research profiles.

The Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies is a compact, ambitious organisation with more than 160 staff and over 1,000 students from both the Netherlands and abroad. Our education programme includes several top-quality courses and has in-depth disciplinary studies as well as interdisciplinary and inter-faculty studies. The faculty has innovative teaching and research programmes that strongly relate to current social issues.

Radboud University
We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 24,000 students and 5,600 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!

Additional information

For questions about the position, please contact Dr Paul Sars, Professor at +31 6 53 76 23 99 or paul.sars@ru.nl. Alternatively, you can contact Dr Gertjan van der Heiden, Professor at +31 24 361 62 27 or gert-jan.vanderheiden@ru.nl.

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