This is a four-year fully funded PhD position, for a PhD candidate to carry out a research project of their own within the general area of Kant (ethics and/or political philosophy) and/or Kantian ethics. The PhD candidate will join a research group working on Kant’s practical philosophy and examining new philosophical avenues for defending a Kantian universalist ethics. Within that general area, they will carry out their own research.

The PhD candidate is expected to participate in activities of the research group, programme, present their research results at scholarly conferences, publish articles in leading international scholarly journals, and complete a dissertation within four years. The PhD candidate will be part of the Graduate School of the Faculty of Philosophy and work under the supervision of Prof. Pauline Kleingeld.


• MA degree in philosophy or in the history of political theory (or equivalent degree)
• strong background in one or more areas relevant to the programme (Kant’s political philosophy and/or ethics, Kantian ethics) and a promising research proposal
• ability to work independently and in a collaborative research environment
• ability to read German
• excellent command of English and excellent academic writing/presentation skills.


The University of Groningen is an innovative and research-driven institute in the Northern part of The Netherlands. It is an internationally oriented university with 35.000 students and 6.000 employees. The University has a strong international reputation and maintains a firm position in the international university ranking lists.

The Faculty of Philosophy is a vibrant, international community of excellent researchers and teachers. It consistently receives the highest evaluations both for research and for teaching among philosophy departments in The Netherlands.

Conditions of employment

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

• a salary of € 2,395 (salary scale PhD candidates) gross per month in the first year, up to a maximum of € 3,061 gross per month in the fourth and final year, based on a full-time position
• a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income an 8.3% year-end bonus
• a temporary position of one year with the option of renewal for another three years. The position must result in a PhD thesis within the contract period. A PhD training programme is part of the agreement. There is a budget for research expenses such as conference travel.

Starting date: as soon as possible; negotiable


Applications should include the following documents, combined into ONE FILE in the order below and upload this file as your ‘letter of motivation’:

• cover letter
• curriculum vitae
• dissertation research proposal (preferably approx. 400-800 words)
• names and contact information of two academic references
• university transcript (list of courses and grades) and
• writing sample (preferably approx. 5000 words).

You can submit your application until 1 February 11:59pm / before 2 February 2021 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on “Apply” below on the advertisement on the university website).

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our University. We strongly encourage applications from female candidates and members of other groups currently underrepresented in academic philosophy. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), http://nvp-plaza.nl/download/?id=7714 and European Commission’s European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers, https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/charter/code

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.


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Please do not use the e-mail address(es) above for applications.


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