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Assistant Professor in the Philosophy of Law, Legal theory – Tilburg university, Netherlands

The Netherlands, Tilburg University

The 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.

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General Info

Position: Assistant Professor
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: -
Salary: 3,821 to 5,230 Euro/Month

Department of Public Law and Governance (PLG)
Tilburg Law School
Tilburg University
Tilburg , The Netherlands

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Qualification Details

Tilburg University believes that academic excellence is achieved through the combination of outstanding research and education, in which social impact is made by sharing knowledge. In doing so, we recognize that excellence is not only achieved through individual performance, but mostly through team effort in which each team member acts as a leader connecting people.

The selected candidate will meet the following criteria:

  • A PhD degree in the fields of the philosophy of law or legal theory.
  • A 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.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The candidate 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 nearly 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.

The candidate 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. S/he 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. The candidate will also be expected to participate in the supervision of doctoral researchers.

The candidate is also expected to have excellent 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.

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

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About the Department

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, the Philosophy of Law, Political Science, Legal History, and Jurisprudence. Collaboration within the Department is very much inspired by joint research interests. For more information, see

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Note or Other details

Tilburg University offers excellent terms of employment. We believe flexibility, development, and good employee benefits are very important. We make clear agreements on career paths and offer several facilities and schemes to maintain an optimum balance between work and private life. Tilburg University fosters diversity and inclusion; that is why we pursue an active policy for inclusive teams where diverse talents can flourish.

The starting gross salary varies between €3,821 and €5,230  per month (full time) based on scale 11 of the Collective Labour Agreement Universities ( Tilburg University actively promotes equal and transparent salary between men and women by strictly applying predetermined parameters based on the candidate’s experience. Employees recruited from abroad may be eligible for the 30% tax facility- this means that 30% of your salary will be paid as a tax-free reimbursement.

Tilburg University offers you an employment agreement for a fixed period of 18 months with the prospect of a permanent contract.

You are entitled to a holiday allowance amounting to 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% of your gross yearly income. If you work 40 hours per week, you receive 41 days of paid recreational leave per year.

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Contact details

More information on the vacated position can be obtained from Dr Dave De ruysscher, cluster manager at the Department of Public Law and Governance at

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