Professor by special appointment
- Vacancy number
- Academic staff
- Internal, External
- Publication date
- 13 October 2020
- Closing date
- 29 October 2020
The Stichting Socrates and the Faculty of Humanities are looking for a
Professor by special appointment (bijzonder hoogleraar) for the chair ‘Philosophical Anthropology and the Foundations of Humanism’
The special chair “Philosophical Anthropology and the Foundations of Humanism” established by the Stichting Socrates at Leiden University is one of several part-time chairs at universities in the Netherlands sponsored by the Stichting Socrates in order to further academic knowledge of and insight into current social problems from a humanist perspective. Holders of special chairs typically also have a (part-time) appointment at another university or knowledge-based institution.
The holder of this special chair will become a full member of the academic community of the Institute of Philosophy, and will be expected to devote one day per week to teaching and research at Leiden. We expect that the special professor will give one course per year for the entire university community on the theme earmarked by the foundation, and a second course per year in the regular Leiden BA or MA programmes in Philosophy. In some cases, this second course may be replaced by supervision of PhD projects.
- To conduct scholarly research in the field of philosophical anthropology and the foundations of humanism;
- To carry out teaching in Dutch and English for the university community and in the BA and MA programmes Filosofie/Philosophy, including thesis supervision;
- To initiate, stimulate, and supervise doctoral research;
- To bring the field to the attention of a wide audience, in the Netherlands and abroad, by means of lectures and publications in conventional and new media.
- PhD degree in a relevant field;
- Solid international research portfolio and reputation in philosophical anthropology and the foundations of humanism;
- Experience in supervising PhD research;
- Ability to attract research funding;
- Broad teaching experience and outstanding teaching qualities;
- Fluency in Dutch and English;
- Possession of the University Teaching Qualification (Basiskwalificatie Onderwijs) or willingness to acquire it in the Leiden setting.
The Faculty of Humanities has a wealth of expertise in the fields of philosophy, history, art history, the arts, literature, linguistics, religious studies, and area studies of virtually the entire world. Every day, we put our university motto “You get to know the world in Leiden” into practice with high-quality teaching by passionate lecturers and with research of an internationally recognized high level. The organisation is supported in these activities by a professional staff. With 930 employees, the faculty provides 27 MA and 25 BA programmes for more than 7,000 students from its locations in the historic heart of Leiden and the contemporary location of The Hague.
The Institute of Philosophy is one of seven institutes of the Faculty of Humanities. It conducts high-quality research and teaching in philosophy. As well as a full curriculum in the Western tradition, we offer BA and MA tracks in comparative and intercultural philosophy taught in English. With around 35 employees and 500 students, the institute offers an innovative, collegial, and international working environment.
The humanist Stichting Socrates has as its primary task the appointment and supervision of humanist special chairs at Dutch universities that it has established. The foundation, set up in 1950 as one of the earliest working groups of the Humanistisch Verbond, has the general aim of promoting the scholarly exploration of current social problems from a humanist perspective. The foundation tries to create opportunities at a scholarly level for the exchange of ideas on fundamental social and cultural issues with which humanism is currently confronted, as well as for reflection on the scientific and cultural backgrounds of modern humanism. Establishing and maintaining special chairs at Dutch universities contributes to this mission.
Terms and conditions
The chairholder will not be employed by the University Leiden, the Collective Labour Agreement NU (Dutch Universities) does not apply. The Stichting Socrates will appoint the chairholder and makes a fund available. The chair will be established at Leiden University, the Institute for Philosophy for the period of five years from 1 February 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter, for 0,2 fte (7,6 hours per week).
Diversity is one of our university’s core values in research and teaching. We especially welcome applications from members of underrepresented groups.
Enquiries may be directed to the Academic Director of the Institute for Philosophy, James McAllister, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please submit your application via our e-recruitment portal in the form of a single PDF file that contains the following items in the following order:
- Application letter, including a vision of the working field of the chair (max. 2 pages);
- CV, including education, positions filled, employers, publication list, courses designed and given, research projects, grants and prizes;
- Research plan, including reflection on how the research output can be shared with broader audiences;
- Vision statement on how teaching in this subject area should be given;
- Course description of a course that the applicant would like to offer in this subject area;
- Names and contact details of three referees (no reference letters at this stage).
Only applications received no later than 29 October, 2020, can be considered. The selection procedure may include a trial lecture. Interviews with shortlisted candidates are planned for December 4, 2020.