Job position: Assistant Professor, EIPE (Rotterdam, Netherlands)

Assistant Professor Philosophy of Economics (fulltime)

Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics (EIPE)

AOS: Philosophy of Economics, Philosophy of Social Science

AOC: Philosophy of Science, Social or Political Philosophy

Deadline for application: November 15, 2015

The Erasmus University Rotterdam invites applications for an assistant professor in Philosophy of Economics in the Faculty of Philosophy and the Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics (EIPE).

Faculty of Philosophy

The Faculty of Philosophy has about 500 students and 40 staff members. Programmes in philosophy and in philosophy of particular disciplines (such as economics, law and other social sciences) are taught at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Of special interest for the job opening is the two-year Research Master in Philosophy and Economics. The Faculty also hosts EIPE, the Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics, which runs a PhD programme in Philosophy of Economics. The Research Master in Philosophy and Economics and the PhD programme together host some 25 graduate students in Philosophy of Economics.

Job description

The candidate is expected to:


  • carry out internationally oriented research and publish in established international refereed journals;
  • contribute actively to the development of the Faculty’s research in the field of philosophy of economics;
  • contribute to the Faculty’s national and international research connections;
  • help attract research funding from national and international funding agencies and other organizations;



  • perform teaching and supervising tasks for the Research Master programme in Philosophy and Economics,
  • contribute to service teaching for the Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) and the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM);
  • contribute to other educational programmes offered by the Faculty at both undergraduate and postgraduate level;


  • contribute to the management tasks of the Department;
  • take an active part in relevant national and international academic networks and organizations;
  • develop and maintain close contacts with relevant organizations and professionals in the field of philosophy and economics.


The successful candidate considers it a challenge and a privilege to contribute to the development of research and graduate teaching in philosophy of economics at EIPE. The candidate has:

  • a PhD in philosophy, preferably in the field of philosophy of economics, social science or science;
  • a strong research track record, including publications in international refereed journals;
  • the potential to attract research funds from national and international funding agencies and to supervise Research Masters and PhD students in philosophy of economics;
  • prior teaching experience with the proven ability to inspire students from undergraduate to postgraduate levels, apparent from positive assessments by students and peers. Candidates who do not possess a formal teaching qualification, are expected to acquire it within two years (according to the standards of the so-called Basis Qualifications for Teaching (BKO)).
  • the ability and willingness to teach a wide range of topics in the field of philosophy of science, especially in interdisciplinary settings;
  • enthusiasm, an entrepreneurial attitude, strong communication and organizational skills, and the ability to work closely together with others in a team environment;
  • proficiency in spoken and written English. Non-English speakers have to meet the C1-standards of the Common European Framework (CEF).

Conditions of employment

Employment starts in April 2016 at the latest. Contracts will be running for a fixed term of two years, with a possible extension. Depending on their track-record and performance, candidates may be invited to enter Erasmus University’s tenure track programme, which offers them the possibility to qualify for a tenured position as Associate Professor (UHD).

The conditions of employment correspond with the CAO Nederlandse Universiteiten (CAO NU). Salary is subject to training and experience and corresponds to either Scale 11 or Scale 12 CAO NU, with a maximum of € 5.171,- gross per month on a 38 hour per week contract. In accordance with the CAO NU a placement in a starting grade (Scale 11 CAO NU, with a maximum of € 4.551,- gross per month on a 38 hour per week contract) is possible for the maximum duration of two years. Starting salaries tend to be near the lower end of the scale.

Contract type: Temporary, for maximum duration of two years.


Deadline for application: November 15, 2015

Qualified applicants should send the following documents to, subject: Application Ass. Prof. Philosophy of Economics:

(1) one PDF that contains an anonymised cover letter,

(2) one PDF with an anonymised CV (including details of teaching experience, and contact details of up to three references),

(3) one PDF with an anonymised writing sample (preferably unpublished; in addition, no journal or publisher name (if the paper is submitted / under revision / accepted / published) should be included in the file).

The candidate’s name should thus only appear in the body of the email, and not in any of the application materials sent in the files. Only applications that are complete and follow these instructions can be taken in consideration.

Interviews with shortlisted candidates will be scheduled for December 15 or 16, 2015.

For further questions, prospective applicants can contact Dr. Conrad Heilmann, Email:


The expertise of Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) is concentrated in the fields of  Business Administration, Economics, Medicine and Health Sciences, Law, Social Sciences, History, Culture and Communication, and Philosophy. In addition to the initial degree programmes and scientific research, the University offers specific postgraduate study programmes and courses. Erasmus University has around 25,000 students and some 2,700 staff members.

Erasmus University provides excellent education to students and is part of the international top in certain research areas. Erasmus University is not only an internationally oriented university, it is also well embedded in the city of Rotterdam and the region.

Rotterdam is a pleasant and lively harbor city with 600,000 inhabitants located in the west of the Netherlands, which provides attractive living conditions, also for international faculty. The use of English in daily life poses no problem. Air, road, and railway connections with major European and U.S. cities are excellent. The standards of healthcare and education in the Netherlands are high, while the costs are low relative to Anglo-Saxon countries.

Searching for talents

For all positions within Erasmus University we look for employees who find professionalism, integrity and involvement very important. We are searching for talents who would like to contribute to realizing our strategic goals. Erasmus University has formulated substantial ambitions in 2013, the year that our university has celebrated its 100 year anniversary.


Meaningful and versatile

We offer meaningful and versatile work. Scientific staff with a background in Philosophy, Economics and Management, Medicine and Health or Law, Culture and Society can deepen their knowledge at Erasmus University. In addition, we have several opportunities for support staff as well. As support staff you make sure that our primary processes develop as optimal as possible.

Career and development

Above all, Erasmus University finds the development of her employees of great importance. With our career-development policies and several educational possibilities we support and stimulate you to actively shape your own career. All this combined with our attractive employment conditions is what makes Erasmus University an interesting employer for you.

Diversity – a key objective

Erasmus University ultimately seeks to provide excellent education and research which is innovative, internationally oriented and can be applied in society. Achieving this ambition is intrinsically linked to the quality, efforts and passion of our employees. Talent diversity is invaluable in this respect. The more diverse the views, cultures, knowledge and experience, the more innovative and creative education and research at EUR will be. EUR has therefore defined diversity as a key strategic objective, pursing a diverse workforce in the broadest sense. Erasmus University furthermore undertakes to create equal opportunities for everyone and a culture in which the diverse talents feel at home and can excel. Erasmus University explicitly encourages applications from candidates of all genders, ethnicities, and nationalities.

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