PhD candidate / promovendus (1 fte)

Hours per week: 
38 to 40
Faculty of Humanities
departement Filosofie en Religiewetenschap
Application deadline: 

Job description

The PhD position (4 years) is independent of any overarching research project and is funded by the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Utrecht University. Proposals are invited that deal with the phenomenon of Platonism. The French philosopher Gilles Deleuze has argued that the task of contemporary philosophy is to ‘overthrow Platonism’ (renverser le platonisme). This may be true, provided that we know what ‘Platonism’ is. We therefore welcome proposals that contribute to a better understanding of this rich and complex phenomenon, preferably in Antiquity. The proposals can concentrate both on the ancient developments of Platonism, from Plato onwards (Plato, the Old and Hellenistic Academy, Middle Platonism and Neoplatonism), or on the construction of Platonism as a polemical target (Aristotle, Hellenistic philosophies for instance). Projects concerned with the modern reception of Plato will be also considered.


  • an MA or equivalent degree in Philosophy or classics, or a cognate discipline, or an MA thesis in one of these fields already accepted by the MA committee;
  • sufficient knowledge of at least one classic language to work with ancient sources (preferably Greek);
  • proficiency in academic English as well as the ability to work with secondary literature in modern European languages;
  • ability to work independently and in a team, with good organizational and communication skills.


This is a temporary position of 1.0 FTE for the duration of 18 months. In case of good performance and a positive evaluation, the contract will be extended for the remaining period of 30 months (4 years in total). The gross salary starts with €2,395 per month in the first year and increases to €3,061 per month in the fourth year of employment (scale P according to the Collective Employment Agreement of the Dutch Universities) for a full-time employment.

Besides that, you will receive a holiday allowance of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3%. Utrecht University also has an appealing package of terms of employment, including the choice for a good balance between work and private (a good arrangement for leave, among other things), possibilities for development and an excellent pension scheme. More information on working at Utrecht University can be found here.

About the organisation

A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

The Faculty of Humanities has around 6,000 students and 900 staff members. It comprises four knowledge domains: Philosophy and Religious Studies, History and Art History, Media and Culture Studies, and Languages, Literature and Communication. With its research and education in these fields, the Faculty aims to contribute to a better understanding of the Netherlands and Europe in a rapidly changing social and cultural context. The enthusiastic and committed colleagues and the excellent amenities in the historical city center of Utrecht, where the Faculty is housed, contribute to an inspiring working environment.

Additional information

For further information about the vacancy, please contact Prof Mauro Bonazzi at

Please also refer to the websites of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies and of Utrecht University for general information.


Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives.

To apply, please send your curriculum vitae, including a letter of motivation via the ‘apply’ button below.
Please upload the following: 

  • an application letter that sets out your qualifications and motivation for applying for the position;
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a sketch of the research project you want to pursue doing your PhD (not more than two A4-pages);
  • a copy of your master thesis and, if applicable, a sample of your published work;
  • a transcript of grades and/or scan of the Master certificate.

Interviews will be scheduled for the week of January 25th. Employment will become effective in April 2021, or on a date negotiable with the supervisor but not later than June 2021.

The application deadline is 3 January 2021.