PhD in Philosophy

Tilburg University
September 18, 2023
Offerd Salary:€2.769
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The Department of Philosophy at Tilburg University seeks to appoint:

1 PhD in Philosophy (0,8 – 1,0 FTE)

Job Description The Department of Philosophy at Tilburg University is seeking to hire a PhD student (0,8 FTE - 1,0 FTE) researching in analytic aesthetics, metaphysics, or philosophy of language, broadly construed. The PhD student will be working under the supervision of Dr. Nathan Wildman (primary supervisor) and at least one other department member (precisely who will be determined by the nature of the proposed project).

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Imaginative resistance, imagining impossibilities, and the limits of fictionality
  • The logic of truth-in-fiction
  • The semantics of negative existentials
  • Video game aesthetics
  • The aesthetics and metaphysics of virtual & augmented reality
  • Glitch and algorithmic art
  • Foundations of metaphysical modality
  • Essentialism, grounding, and other hyperintensional notions in metaphysics
  • Tilburg's Philosophy department has internationally recognized expertise in metaphysics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, epistemology, phenomenology, philosophical methodology, philosophy of sport, logic, and aesthetics. Moreover, the student will be given the opportunity to join TiLPS (Tilburg Center for Moral Philosophy, Epistemology and Philosophy of Science), a lively and internationally recognized research center that engages in philosophical reflection on moral and scientific practices, often in dialogue with other disciplines.

    As part of the PhD contract the successful candidate will also be given teaching and other responsibilities for 10 – 20 % of their time. The PhD student will initially assist in ongoing education and teach tutorials for existing courses and – if qualified - proceed to take a more independent role in teaching.

    Requirements for the position

  • We consider the following qualifications important for the position:
  • You have completed a master's in philosophy or an equivalent degree.
  • You are proficient in English and have or can obtain C1/C2 level within a reasonable time frame.
  • Proficiency in Dutch is considered a great advantage.
  • Prior teaching experience is welcome, but not required.
  • You are willing to engage with contemporary philosophical practices and literature, as well as make connections between various philosophical questions and imagination.
  • You have good writing and presentation skills and are interested in presenting your research to different kinds of audiences.
  • Specifics of the position

    For this position, we offer:

  • A position based on 0,8-1,0 fte (32-40 hours a week).
  • A salary of €2.769 (first year) - €3.538 (fourth year) gross per month for full time employment, based on the UFO profile of the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.
  • A wide range of amenities and facilities and various arrangements to create an optimal work-life balance.
  • A part time appointment (with a minimum of 0,8 FTE) is a possible. The candidate will initially be appointed for a fixed period of 12 months. After 9 months, an evaluation will take place. If the performance evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended for the remaining period of 36 months (in case of an 1.0 FTE appointment).

    Application and information

    The candidate should submit all of the following documents (to be submitted in English):

  • Letter of motivation
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A recent writing sample
  • Two page research proposal describing the proposed PhD project
  • Official copy of your university marks (grade list/transcript)
  • All applications must be submitted online (see below).

    The deadline for applications is 18 September, 2023. We will inform shortlisted candidates, on or before 26 September, 2023. Interviews will be held before 15 October 2023, preferably in person but online if necessary. Decisions will be announced before 16 October2023.

    Ideally, you will start working for Tilburg University on 1 December, 2023.

    For inquiries about the positions, please contact Head of Department, Prof. Dr. Maureen Sie at [email protected].

    The Department

    The Department of Philosophy (DFI) at Tilburg University is both an important center of academic teaching and internationally recognized for its research. It offers a lively, amicable, and stimulating teaching and research environment. The department provides a supportive, collegial environment free from the (unhealthy) climate of competition that has become the standard in academia.

    Tilburg University

    Tilburg University is an inspiring university offering a stimulating and challenging environment for students, staff, and alumni. The university highly values authenticity, academic freedom, professionalism, and continuous development. The university is committed to addressing equality issues in society at national and international levels. It does so by training people for positions of responsibility in society and by contributing to socially sustainable solutions. In so doing it draws on the rich tradition of which it is part.

    Tilburg University is committed to the value of diversity and, in that spirit, welcomes applications from underrepresented groups within philosophy and academia, including members of minority groups and people with disabilities. Information about the various measures Tilburg University has undertaken to increase gender equality, diversity and inclusion can be found on the Working at Tilburg University /Gender & Diversity page.

    Tilburg University is rated among the top of Dutch employers and has excellent terms of employment, such as a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% (annually), an options model and reimbursement of moving expenses. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may qualify for a tax-free allowance equal to 30% of their taxable salary. The university will apply for such an allowance on their behalf. The Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences will provide assistance in finding suitable accommodation. The collective labor agreement of the Dutch Universities applies.

    Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences

    Research and education at the Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences (TSHD) has a unique focus on humans in the context of the globalizing digital society, on the development of artificial intelligence and interactive technologies, on their impact on communication, culture and society, and on moral and existential challenges that arise. The School of Humanities and Digital Sciences consists of four departments: Communication and Cognition, Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence, Culture Studies and Philosophy; several research institutes and a faculty office. Also the University College Tilburg is part of the School. Each year around 275 students commence a Bachelor or (Pre) Master Program. The School has approximately 2000 students and 250 employees.

    Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences

    Recruitment code Tilburg University applies the recruitmentcode of the Dutch Association for Personnel Management & Organization Development (NVP).

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