PhD Positions on “Science Beyond Scientism”

At VU University Amsterdam. More information below the fold.

The PhD student will work in the research project “Science Beyond Scientism” which investigates how scientism influences our thinking about rationality, free will, morality and religious belief and explores the way in which science can be taken seriously without succumbing to scientism. A description of the project, as well as of the PhD project can be found at

Tasks The PhD student is expected to: • write a PhD thesis; • write at least 2 articles for international peer reviewed scientific journals; • collaborate in a research group; • participate in international conferences.

Requirements • M.A. Philosophy or Theology and preferably also a Bachelor or Masters degree in one other field, such as biology or psychology; • good English language skills.

Further particulars The initial appointment will be for a period of one year. After satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, it can be extended for a total duration of four years. The starting date is September 2013, or as early as possible. Interviews are scheduled for Tuesday July 16, 2013.

You can find information about our excellent fringe benefits of employment at like: • remuneration of 8,3% end-of-year bonus and 8% holiday allowance; • a minimum of 29 holidays In case of full-time employment; • generous contribution (70%) commuting allowance based on public transport; • discounts on collective insurances (healthcare- and car insurance).

Salary The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel, and amounts € 2.062,- gross per month in the first year up to € 2.664,- in the fourth year (salary scale 85) based on a full-time employment.

Information For additional information please contact:
Prof. Dr. R. van Woudenberg phone +31 20 5986678 e-mail:

Application Applicants are requested to write a letter in which they describe their abilities and motivation, accompanied by a curriculum vitae with two references, a writing sample (ranging from 3-7.000 words) and a 2.000 word statement about the content of the PhD project. Written applications should be sent before July 4, 2013 to: VU University Amsterdam Faculty of Philosophy Attn.: Mr. A.W. Mulder, managing director De Boelelaan 1105 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands

It is also possible to apply by e-mail to:
Please mention the vacancy number in the e-mail header or at the top of your letter and on the envelope.

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