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Full Professor in Social and Political Philosophy at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, 1.00 fte

FASoS is seeking a full professor who is an expert in teaching and research in the field of Social and Political Philosophy with an emphasis on models of …

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Grote Gracht, Maastricht, Limburg
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur
€ 5059 - € 7766 per maand


FASoS is seeking a full professor who is an expert in teaching and research in the field of Social and Political Philosophy with an emphasis on models of democracy, citizenship practices, the relations between politics and culture, and theories of power and resistance.

Research is carried out within the context of the faculty’s Research Institute for Arts and Social Sciences and, in particular, relating to the interdisciplinary research programme Politics and Culture in Europe. The selected candidate is expected to develop international research projects and to attract external funding that is related to and in dialogue with an interdisciplinary research approach.

S/he will contribute to the teaching and coordination of courses and supervision of internships, projects and theses in the BA and MA programmes of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. The division of teaching and research duties follows the regular division used at the Faculty of 60% teaching and management and 40% research. The research time can be extended through external fundraising.


The candidate should display outstanding quality in research, strong leadership qualities, a well-developed research profile which is recognised in the field; s/he has a relevant international network and is open to an interdisciplinary approach.
S/he should be an experienced and enthusiastic teacher with a demonstrated ability in thesis supervision, teaching coordination roles, course development and teaching international classrooms. S/he is able to stimulate student learning and to maximize student participation in our system of small-scale problem based learning (PBL).
S/he is a scholar with a thorough background in social and/or political philosophy/theory, has a firm understanding of the history of the field, and possesses extensive expertise in academic research and teaching in the field of democracy, citizenship, political culture, and/or modalities of power. Important markers of this quality in research and leadership include publications of original work in highly regarded journals; monographs and edited volumes published with prestigious (university) presses; acquisition of funding from national, European and other research funding agencies both as individual and as team player; proven skills in talent-scouting and in supervision and coaching of students, PhD students and post-docs.
The selected candidate should be ready to fulfil an important managerial role in the faculty, therefore having strong leadership qualities is deemed crucial. S/he is expected to be a genuine coach as well as a team player. S/he should be flexible and have broad academic interests and an open, effective management style.

Fluency in English is a prerequisite, while non-Dutch speaking applicants should be willing to learn Dutch.


Maastricht University provides an attractive, internationally-oriented academic environment where young people receive an advanced education and scholars conduct first-rate research.

The workload will be the normal workload for the position of full professor. Currently this implies 60% teaching – and 40% research activities.

The successful candidate will be appointed as a full professor for 5-years. During this period, the selected candidate will have ample opportunity to demonstrate his/her talents, an entrepreneurial approach, a constructive attitude, and managerial qualities and performance. Under the condition of a positive assessment the position will be extended in a tenure contract. (A tenured contract is possible for candidates who already hold tenure.)

Remuneration will be according to standard salary levels, depending on education and relevant work experience. This implies a minimum of € 5.059,-- and a maximum of € 7.766,-- gross per month for a full-time appointment of 38 hours per week (salary scale 14-HL2, Dutch Universities Conditions of Employment).
Each year the standard salary is supplemented with a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%.

Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may be eligible for a special expense allowance scheme: the 30% facility. The Tax and Customs Administration decides whether employees meet the necessary conditions.

The candidate must be willing to move to (the vicinity of) Maastricht. If (s)he does not already live in Maastricht (or its direct surroundings), the selected candidate will be eligible for an allowance for moving costs or for an allowance for alternative housing. Other secondary conditions include a pension scheme and partially paid parental leave.

Additional information

Starting date: Preferably 15 August 2018 (or as soon as possible thereafter).

Further information on the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is available on our website: http://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/fasos

For an extensive profile of the Chair please download the profile report http://fasos.maastrichtuniversity.nl/profiles/Diversen/Profile-report-Soc-Pol-Phil.pdf

Any inquiries about the position or the project may be addressed to: Prof. dr. Tsjalling Swierstra (+31 (0)43 388 4775 ; t.swierstra@maastrichtuniversity.nl

Maastricht University’s Terms of Employment are laid down in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Local university provisions also apply. For more information please see the website: www.maastrichtuniversity.nl / Support / UM employees

Candidates are invited to submit their application that should consist of:

  1. A letter of motivation.

  2. PhD degree certificate.

  3. A full CV & complete list of publications.

  4. A statement on teaching and research interests and how these link to the teaching and research conducted at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

  5. Teaching evaluations.

  6. Two writing samples: published article(s) and/or book chapter.

  7. An overview of acquired substantial scholarships (e.g. NWO, EU funding; a prestigious teaching grant, etc.).

  8. The contact information of two referees (including e-mail, phone number, mailing address, and relationship to the applicant).

Maastricht University is committed to nurturing an inclusive culture and a welcoming atmosphere. This inclusiveness strategy has resulted in a very diverse representation of nationalities and cultures. We strongly believe that diversity (including, but not limited to nationality, age and gender) of the staff and student population will increase the quality of UM education & research. Fostering diversity and inclusivity creates an academic community where individual talents thrive, and values and differences are cherished. We strongly encourage you to apply if you are qualified for this position.

The deadline for submitting your application is 27 May 2018

Please send your application electronically to the Secretariat of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences: pzfdcwvacatures@maastrichtuniversity.nl