Professor in Philosophical Ethics (1.0 FTE)

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

Job description

Utrecht University is searching for a Professor in Philosophical Ethics. The Chair (1.0 FTE) is part of the Ethics Institute, which is embedded in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. The Ethics Institute is home to ethicists and social and political philosophers, and participates in a wide variety of interdisciplinary contexts, especially university's strategic theme Institutions for Open Societies. The Professor will reinforce the coordination and leadership of research and education in Philosophical Ethics.


The Chair of Philosophical Ethics:

  • initiates and stimulates research within the Ethics Institute, the Strategic Theme Institutions for Open Societies, and other relevant contexts at Utrecht University, nationally and internationally;
  • contributes to teaching the Bachelor's and Master's programmes of the Ethics Institute and to the innovation and development of ethics education;
  • contributes to the visibility of ethical reflections in societal debates, and other forms of societal dissemination of research in philosophical ethics;
  • will be available for various administrative activities of the Ethics Institute, the Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies, and the Faculty of Humanities.

The successful candidate:

  • is a very experienced Researcher who has manifested themselves internationally with leading publications in philosophical ethics, and who has an extensive international network;
  • is capable of cross-disciplinary cooperation and has demonstrable experience in bringing ethics to bear on interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary issues;
  • has ample experience in teaching in philosophical ethics and has the Dutch basic, as well as senior teaching qualifications, or equivalent international expertise;
  • is capable of stimulating reflection on the societal impact of ethical ideas, on the basis of the moral issues elicited by social, political and economic developments;
  • has ample experience with administrative activities, and exemplifies a collaborative and supportive leadership style;
  • has demonstrable experience promoting an organisational culture that pays attention to diversity and social safety issues;
  • has ample experience successfully supervising PhD candidates;
  • has the ability to contribute in a multidisciplinary context to generating both indirect and contract funding projects;
  • speaks Dutch or is willing to learn Dutch within a reasonable period of time.


We offer a position (1.0 FTE) for a period of five years, after which an evaluation takes place. In case of a positive assessment, the professorship will become permanent. The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience  - ranges between €5,749 and €8,371 (scale H2 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year. In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). More information about working at Utrecht University can be found here.

About the organisation

Utrecht University strives for excellence in teaching and research. This also holds for the clearly defined research profiles with respect to four core themes: Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences, and Sustainability. Utrecht University has a strong commitment to community outreach and contributes to answering the social questions of today and tomorrow. 

The Faculty of Humanities has around 7,000 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 more information about this position, please contact:
Prof Ingrid Robeyns (Director of the Ethics Institute), via

More information regarding the Chair position.


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. Your application can be uploaded via the link below.

Your application should comprise of:

  • a letter of motivation;
  • a curriculum vitae and a list of publications;
  • a concise research plan, showing how your research can both fit into, and give new direction to, the section’s research profile. In addition, you should make clear how your research can relate to the university’s strategic themes (1500 words);
  • a concise educational statement which shows your vision on teaching (1500 words).

The first round of job interviews will be held in Utrecht in the last week of May. A trial lecture and an assessment may be part of the application procedure.

The application deadline is 17 May 2021.