Netherlands: 2 Postdoc researchers in Philosophy & Biology (Research Project: Evolutionary Ethics) at Utrecht University

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The Netherlands Foundation for Scientific Research NWO finances the research project “Evolutionary Ethics? The (Meta)-Ethical Implications of Evolutionary Explanations of Morality” from January 1st, 2014, onwards. The programme will be supervised by Prof. dr. Herman Philipse (Philosophy, main supervisor) and Prof. dr. Johan J. Bolhuis (Cognitive Neurobiology, co-supervisor).

Candidates are asked to apply for one of the following two sub-projects:

  • Project 1: The Epistemological Limits of Evolutionary Explanations of Morality: Modelling Genetic and Cultural Evolution (Post-doc).
  • Project 4: Models of Moral Justification in the Face of Evolution (Post-doc).

Planned Deliverables
Each of the Post-doc projects will result in 5 articles in the best (blind-refereed) philosophy and/or interdisciplinary (philosophy, phil. of psychology, phil. of biology) journals (mostly ranked as A). Furthermore, a volume with a selection of the papers presented at an international conference (to be organized by the team) will be prepared for publication by the post-docs and the applicants.


Applicants are expected to have obtained their doctorate degree in one of the relevant disciplines at a good university with a very good result. You should be ambitious and aim at a career in research.

Conditions of employment:

We offer two full-time post-doc positions (1.0 fte) with an initial contract of one year. After a positive evaluation this contract can be extended to a maximum of two more years (a total of three years maximum). Salary ranges between € 3,037 and € 3,259 gross per month on a fulltime basis depending on experience and qualifications (scale 10). Utrecht University offers a pension scheme, a holiday allowance of 8% per year, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% and flexible employment conditions. Conditions are based on the Collective Employment Agreement of the Dutch Universities. More information: terms of employment.


Utrecht University has great ambitions for its teaching quality and study success rates. This also applies to its clear research profiles which are centred around four themes: Sustainability, Life Sciences, Youth & Identity, and Institutions. Utrecht University plays a prominent role in our society and contributes to finding the answers to topical and future societal issues.
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 motivated colleagues and the excellent facilities in the historic town centre of Utrecht, where the Faculty is located, provide a stimulating professional atmosphere.
Deadline: 31-October-2013
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