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PhD Position (1.0 fte, 4 years), within the NWO/EUR funded Project

How much is enough?

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Burgemeester Oudlaan, Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 40 uur
€ 2325 - € 2972 per maand



How much is enough? Global natural resources are depleting. A transition away from current economic systems is of highest urgency, but such transitions face an apparent conflict between environmental policies and a core liberal value: non-interference in private lifestyles. This project aims to overcome this apparent conflict and develop an approach to green liberalism. It will do so by drawing on political philosophy, decision theory and philosophy of economics in particular. The PhD candidate will work on the relationship between resource use, ideas of the good life and preference formation. 

The candidate's primary responsibility will be to write a PhD dissertation under the supervision of dr. Constanze Binder. Secondary responsibilities include assisting dr. Binder in the organisation of project-pertinent workshops, conferences and (if it fits the area of interest of the candidate) a deliberative poll. Furthermore, the PhD candidate is expected to contribute as a junior lecturer to the Erasmus School of Philosophy’s (ESPhil) educational programme and to present papers at academic and popular meetings related to the project. 


We are looking for an enthusiastic and clear-headed PhD candidates with a background in political/moral philosophy and/or economic ethics and/or decision/social choice theory, who has an excellent professional command of English and a demonstrable interest in the project theme. Furthermore, the candidate should possess planning, organising and monitoring skills and be able to work independently, as well as in a team. 


We particularly encourage members of underrepresented groups to apply: We genuinely value diversity and believe that a diversity of talents contributes to our vision and strategy to excel as a university on research and education. ESPhil is an equal opportunities employer and encourages applications from candidates of all genders, ethnicities and nationalities. Given the current composition of the ESPhil academic staff and priorities relating to staff diversity, the School especially encourages candidates from an ethnic minority, candidates with an international background and female candidates to apply.


The appointment concerns a temporary PhD position for four years. This position comes with good employment conditions, compliant with the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO NU). The position begins with a temporary employment contract for 14 months in which the candidate’s suitability is evaluated. If the candidate is suitable, then an additional contract of 34 months follows, leading to a total appointment of 4 years.

The salary is in accordance with the doctoral candidate scale of the CAO NU. For a full-time appointment, the salary is € 2,325 gross per month during the first year, which will increase annually up to € 2,972 gross per month in the fourth year. In addition, the attractive employment package includes an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%, generous leave provisions for a healthy work-life balance, a good pension scheme, a budget for conference and research travel, excellent options for collective insurance, and a provision for the use of the Internet at home. The employee may also use a number of campus facilities, such as sports facilities and the library. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme.

Additional information

The contract period will start on 1 September 2020 and last until 31 August 2024. In consultation with project leader dr. Constanze Binder, a specification of research, educational and administrative tasks and a plan for supervision will be drawn up at the start of the contract period.

Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from dr. Constanze Binder, binder@esphil.eur.nl 


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