Job opening: Assistant Professor in the Philosophy of Law (0,8-1,0 fte) – Tilburg

by Admin on October 6, 2022

Tilburg University | Tilburg Law School 
is looking for an

Assistant Professor in the Philosophy of Law.

Department: Public Law and Governance.
Location: Tilburg, the Netherlands.
Scientific discipline: Philosophy of Law.
Full time equivalent: 0.8-1.0 FTE.
Duration of employment agreement: 18 months, with prospect of indefinite term.
Monthly full-time salary: € 3,974 and € 5,439 gross.
Closing date: October 31st, 2022.

Tilburg Law School has established itself as a leading European center in an approach to the philosophy of law that combines strongly theoretical inquiry with keen interest in challenges facing contemporary law and politics. We invite applications by outstanding candidates who can contribute to research and teaching in the philosophy of law along these lines.

Job description
You will join the research group of Jurisprudence, Legal Philosophy, and Legal History, which is one of the units of the Department of Public Law and Governance (PLG) of the Tilburg Law School (TLS). PLG is a large, diverse and interdisciplinary department, home to over 100 academic staff and a range of legal and social science disciplines. You will develop and grow in teaching as well as research, both individually and as part of a team of ambitious scholars.

You will work closely, both in research and teaching, with the Chair of the Philosophy of Law.

The candidate is expected to possess – or to be in the process of developing – a good reputation in research that deals with central issues of the philosophy of law, together with a strong interest in how these issues are relevant to key challenges confronting contemporary law and politics. You will be expected to develop an ambitious multi-year research strategy that yields publications, grant applications, and activities with societal impact within one or two of the research foci of the Signature Plan Global Law and Governance, which are globalization and the Anthropocene. You will also participate in the supervision of doctoral researchers.

We expect from you that you have good teaching skills, as demonstrated by prior teaching experience. The teaching package includes courses in the philosophy of law at the Bachelor level in the law and philosophy programs of Tilburg University. In the case of the Bachelor level courses for law students teaching is to large groups.

The Department of Public Law and Governance distributes, in principle, 40% of employed time for research, 40% for teaching, and 20% for service, such as membership of committees and collaboration in student-oriented events.

What do we ask? 
Tilburg University is curious about how you can contribute to our research, education, impact, and to the team you will be part of. Therefore, we would like to get the best possible picture of your knowledge, insight, skills, and personality. Below you can find the qualifications we consider important for the position.

  • A PhD degree in the fields of the philosophy of law or legal theory.
  • A significant portfolio of publications in international journals and/or publishing houses in the philosophy of law.
  • Proficiency in the English language.
  • Proof of teaching experience, including, if available, course evaluations by students and/or peers.
  • The candidate is expected to acquire (or to possess the equivalent of) a University Teaching Qualification (Dutch: BKO).
  • Professional proficiency in Dutch is not required from the outset, although it is an advantage. If the successful applicant lacks proficiency in Dutch, he/she will be expected to learn the language at a level of basic professional proficiency.
  • Willingness to contribute to administrative and coordinating tasks.
  • Willingness to contribute to an open and inclusive organizational culture.
  • Demonstrable scientific integrity.

To maintain a vibrant and active university community, it is important that we meet with each other regularly and that communication between us remains good. Therefore, we expect that all staff members carry out their work in the Netherlands and that lecturing is done on campus.

Personal talents

  • You show personal leadership: you take responsibility for your work and career and possess a good level of self-knowledge.
  • You have team spirit: you feel part of a team and express this through collaboration, sharing knowledge and experiences, and contributing to an open and inclusive work environment.

What do we offer?
Tilburg University offers excellent terms of employment with attention to flexibility and room for (personal) development. We recognize and reward our employees and encourage the use of talents and strengths.

Tilburg University is committed to an open and inclusive culture, embracing diversity, and encouraging the mutual integration of groups of staff and students. We create equal opportunities for all our staff and students so that everyone feels at home in our university community.

We work in a vibrant and lively (work) environment on our beautiful campus, close to a wooded park and easily accessible by public transport. We are committed to a sustainable society and challenge you to make an active contribution to this aspiration.

For this position, we offer:

  • A position based on 0.8 – 1.0 FTE (32 – 40 hours per week);
  • A vacancy for a permanent position in accordance with Article 2.3 paragraph 1 CLA for Dutch universities and concerns a temporary employment contract with the prospect of. permanent employment. You will initially be given a temporary employment contract for the duration of 12 (internal candidates) or 18 months (external candidates). After this period, you can get a permanent employment contract.
  • A salary of minimum €3.974 and maximum €5.439 gross per month for full time employment, based on UFO profile assistant professor 2 and salary scale 11 of the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. Tilburg University uses a neutral remuneration system for salary scaling that is based on relevant education and work experience;
  • Vacation allowance (8%) and a year-end bonus (8.3%);
  • Vacation days (41 days for a 40-hour work week);
  • Options Model for benefits and reimbursement of moving expenses;
  • Employees from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a tax-free allowance of 30% of their taxable wages. We will apply for this reimbursement for you;
  • You will be enrolled in the General Pension Fund for Public Employers (ABP) through us;
  • Various training courses, for example in leadership skills, personal effectiveness, and career development;
  • A wide range of amenities and facilities and various arrangements to create an optimal work-life balance;

Please visit working at Tilburg University for more information on our terms of employment.

Information and application
We invite you to apply online for this position by October 31st, 2022.

More information on the vacated position can be obtained from Prof. Dave De ruysscher, Clustermanager at the Department of Public Law and Governance at

Please attach the following documents to the application:

  1. Letter of interest to Prof. Dr. Geert Vervaeke (Dean Tilburg Law School)
  2. Resume
  3. Official copy of your university degree and grades (transcripts)
  4. Publication list and your best publication
  5. Recent educational evaluations
  6. Position paper on research project
  7. Minimum of two references (including name, telephone number and email address). We only approach referees for candidates who make it to the second selection round.

First selection interviews take place on November 15th, 2022.

Tilburg Law School uses structured interviews and part of this is a standing appointment advisory committee. This consists of the following members:

  1. Prof Maurice Adams, chairman
  2. Prof Joseph Mc Cahery, member
  3. Prof. Marc Loth, member
  4. Prof. Mijke Houwerzijl, member
  5. Prof. Morag Goodwin, member
  6. Prof Panos Delimatsis, member
  7. Dr. Dries Deweer, member

The following people will be present at the interview: the chairman, two members of the appointment advisory committee, two representatives from the department and a reporter.

You will ideally start working for Tilburg University on January 1st, 2023.

Tilburg University‘s motto is Understanding Society. Based on this vision, our more than 1,500 employees conduct research, inspire more than 19,000 students of 110 nationalities, and bring people from different disciplines and organizations together to learn from each other. In this way, we want to contribute to solving complex social issues. In doing so, we work from the fields of economics, business and entrepreneurship, social and behavioral sciences, law and public administration, humanities and digital sciences, and theology. We seek the connection between the various disciplines to find solutions to the major issues we face as a society. Our students are educated to become responsible and entrepreneurial thinkers, driven by solidarity, a sense of responsibility, and empathy, who are able to influence and give direction to a rapidly changing society in an innovative way. Tilburg University has a culture of collaboration and co-creation, at local, regional, national, and international level.
Tilburg Law School

Since its founding in 1963, Tilburg Law School has become one of the leading law schools in Europe. Through top research and the provision of high-quality university education, the School contributes to society. Tilburg Law School is organized into five Departments: Public Law and Governance; Law, Technology, Markets and Society; Private, Business and Labour Law; the Fiscal Institute Tilburg; and Criminal Law. The mission of the School is to understand and improve the role of law and public administration in addressing the social problems of today and tomorrow. Through research and education, our scholars contribute to that mission.

More than 4,000 students pursue a Bachelor’s, pre-Master’s or Master’s degree at Tilburg Law School. Through this education, we train students in law, public administration, and data science. The Tilburg Educational Profile (TEP) is unique in the Netherlands. Central to it are three core concepts: knowledge, skill and character. A university education provides students with the latest substantive knowledge and trains them to be critical thinkers and resilient professionals. In addition, the School is committed to innovative educational concepts and, partly in response to the coronavirus crisis, has invested heavily in the quality of online education and in innovative didactic tools to make and keep students inquisitive.

Tilburg Law School’s research is highly regarded nationally and internationally. The Tilburg Law School Departments work closely together in their research in four signature research programs: 1) Global Law and Governance; 2) Law and Security; 3) Connecting Organizations; and 4) Regulating Socio-Technical Change.
The Department of Public Law & Governance (PLG) is a unique collaboration of researchers in the fields of International Law, European law, Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Environmental Law, Public Administration, Legal Philosophy, Political Science, Legal History, and Jurisprudence. Collaboration within the Department is very much inspired by joint research interests.

Recruitment code

Tilburg University applies the recruitmentcode of the Dutch Association for Personnel Management & Organization Development (NVP).

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