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PhD-position in Philosophy

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Vacancy number 13184
VU unit: Faculteit der Wijsbegeerte

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VU University Amsterdam
VU University Amsterdam is one of the leading institutions for higher education in Europe and aims to be inspiring, innovative, and committed to societal welfare. It compromises twelve faculties and has teaching facilities for 25.000 students. 

Faculty of Philosophy
The Faculty of Philosophy offers a general Bachelor’s programme in Philosophy. The programme provides a thorough overview of the history of philosophy and enables students to choose their specialization in the history of philosophy, practical philosophy (ethics, social and cultural philosophy and political philosophy, philosophical anthropology), or theoretical philosophy (epistemology, ontology/metaphysics, philosophy of science and logic). Successful students can also follow the English-language Honours programme. It is possible to take the Bachelor's programme as a full-time or part-time course. 

The PhD student will work in the research project “Science Beyond Scientism” which investigates how scientism influences our thinking about rationality, free will, morality and religious belief and explores the way in which science can be taken seriously without succumbing to scientism. A description of the project, as well as of the PhD project can be found at   

The PhD student is expected to:
• write a PhD thesis;
• write at least 2 articles for international peer reviewed scientific journals;
• collaborate in a research group;
• participate in international conferences.  

• M.A. Philosophy or Theology and preferably also a Bachelor or Masters degree in one other field, such as biology or psychology;
• good English language skills. 

Further particulars 
The initial appointment will be for a period of one year. After satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, it can be extended for a total duration of four years. The starting date is August 2013, or as early as possible. Interviews are scheduled for Tuesday July 16, 2013. You can find information about our excellent fringe benefits of employment at like:
• remuneration of  8,3% end-of-year bonus and  8% holiday allowance;
• a minimum of 29 holidays In case of full-time employment;
• generous contribution (70%) commuting allowance based on public transport;
• discounts on collective insurances (healthcare- and car insurance). 

The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel, and amounts € 2.062,- gross per month in the first year up to € 2.664,- in the fourth year (salary scale 85) based on a full-time employment. 

For additional information please contact:

Prof. Dr. R. van Woudenberg
phone +31 20 5986678

Applicants are requested to write a letter in which they describe their abilities and motivation, accompanied by a curriculum vitae with two references, a writing sample (ranging from 3-7.000 words) and a 2.000 word statement about the content of the PhD project. Written applications should be sent before July 4, 2013 to:

VU University Amsterdam
Faculty of Philosophy           
Attn.: Mr. A.W. Mulder, managing director
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands

It is also possible to apply by e-mail to:                                                

Any other correspondence in response to this advertisement will not be dealt with. 

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