PhD position History of Philosophy/Science

PhD position History of Philosophy/Science (1.0 fte) (216263)


The Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Groningen in collaboration with the Center for the History of Philosophy and Science of the Radboud University Nijmegen has an opening for a PhD in the History of Philosophy/Science.

Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative center of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 30,000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Belonging to the best research universities in Europe and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

The Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Groningen and the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies at Radboud University (Nijmegen) are two vibrant, international communities of excellent researchers. The historians of philosophy of the two faculties have a long-standing tradition of collaboration. Information about both Departments of the History of Philosophy can be found here:


See also information about their centers:


Two other PhD positions are available at the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Groningen, see vacancy number 216264-65 These positions are part of the Spinoza Prize Project of Prof. Lodi Nauta, who has received the Spinoza Prize 2016 from The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

Job description

We offer a four-year scholarship for the completion of a PhD dissertation in the history of medieval or early-modern philosophy or science up to the Enlightenment; ancient philosophy is not excluded. Applications are invited from high-quality prospective PhD students who have a documentable expertise in these research areas.
The candidates will be enrolled in the Groningen Graduate School of Philosophy. A PhD training programme is part of the agreement. Supervision will be jointly carried out by the Groningen and Nijmegen departments. Knowledge of Dutch is no requirement.


Candidates should have a master’s degree in philosophy or related area, plus an excellent academic record. They should have a very good command of English and strong communication and academic writing skills.

Conditions of employment

The University of Groningen offers a salary of € 2,191 (salary scale PhD candidates Dutch Universities) gross per month in the first year, up to a maximum of € 2,801 gross per month in the final year, based on a fulltime position, excluding a 8% holiday allowance and a 8.3% end of the year bonus. The position requires residence in Groningen and must result in a PhD thesis within the 4-year contract period.

The position offered is for four years. Each successful candidate will first be offered a temporary position of one year with the option of renewal for another three years. Prolongation of the contract is contingent on sufficient progress in the first year to indicate that a successful completion of the PhD thesis within the contract period is to be expected.

The preferred starting date is 1 January 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

You may apply for this position until 14 November / before 15 November 2016 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on “Apply” below the advertisement on the university website).

Applications should include:

  • a brief motivation letter of motivation
  • a research proposal (up to two A4 pages)
  • a curriculum vitae, including contact details of two academic referees
  • transcripts of your academic degrees
  • a writing sample of approximately 5000 words such as an essay or part of a master’s thesis.

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.


For information you can contact:

  • Dr Han Thomas Adriaenssen, +31 50 3636164,

(please do not use for applications)



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