Postdoctoral researcher / lecturer (2 years fixed-term, 1,0 FTE)

Erasmus School of Philosophy (ESPhil) seeks to appoint a postdoctoral researcher / lecturer who contributes to philosophy of economics research that connects to the work of Jan Tinbergen.


The successful candidate is expected to:

  • Conduct original research in the philosophy of economics, broadly construed;
  • Relate research in the philosophy of economics to the work of Jan Tinbergen (for instance, economic expertise, methodological underpinnings of econometrics, welfare economics or measurement of utility, or the methodology of development economics, economics and global societal challenges, to name but some possibilities);
  • Develop the research theme “Jan Tinbergen: the thinker” together with researchers at the Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics (EIPE), the Erasmus School of Economics (ESE), and the interdisciplinary Erasmus Initiative “Dynamics of Inclusive Prosperity”;
  • Disseminate the research at international and Dutch academic events;
  • Co-organise events and disseminate the research in the public and policy domain,
  • Contribute to development and acquisition of externally funded projects;
  • Contribute to teaching courses in the philosophy of economics.

The successful candidate will have:

  • A PhD in philosophy, history, economics or related discipline;
  • A developing publication record with proven excellence in a relevant discipline, such as the philosophy of science/social science/economics, history of economic thought, or economics;
  • Willingness to engage with the history of economic thought, and in particular with the work of Jan Tinbergen;
  • Ability and willingness to contribute to interdisciplinary teaching in philosophy of economics;
  • An entrepreneurial attitude, outstanding social skills, and ability to work in teams.

Conditions of employment
60% of the position is to be devoted to research that contributes to the research project “Jan Tinbergen: the thinker”. 40% of the position is to be devoted to teaching in the philosophy of economics. The successful candidate is expected to start as soon as possible and will be based at ESPhil/EIPE in Rotterdam. A full-time, two-year contract with Erasmus University Rotterdam will be offered.

The research will profit from being embedded at EIPE, and in particular the on-going research on Jan Tinbergen at EIPE, notably the intellectual biography of Jan Tinbergen, authored by Erwin Dekker (to appear in 2020), and access to the Tinbergen archive including the Tinbergen letters and manuscripts.

We offer a stimulating and dynamic interdisciplinary research environment, with attractive benefits in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU). In accordance with the conditions applied at Erasmus University Rotterdam as indicated in the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO NU) of the Dutch universities, the salary is dependent on the candidate’s experience and is set at CAO NU scale 11 with a minimum of € 3.637,- and a maximum of € 4978,- gross per month, on a fulltime basis. In addition, EUR pays an 8% holiday allowance and an end-of-year payment of 8.3% and offers excellent secondary benefits. In addition, EUR takes part in the ABP pension scheme, and we also offer partially paid parental leave. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. Moreover, EUR staff members are allowed to make use of the EUR facilities, including the Erasmus sports centre and the University Library.

Application procedure
We value diversity and believe that a diversity of talents contributes to our vision and strategy to excel as a university on research and education. ESPhil is an equal opportunities employer and encourages applications from candidates of all genders, ethnicities and nationalities.

Please send two files in *.pdf:

File 1. Short motivation letter and academic CV.

File 2. Research plan (one page), and a writing sample (paper, article, or book/thesis chapter of reasonable length).

You may apply for this position until March 31, 2020 by sending your application to the Email:, subject: “Jan Tinbergen: the thinker”.

Erasmus University Rotterdam
The Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), named after Rotterdam-born humanist and theologian Erasmus, is a research university with a strong international orientation and a pronounced social focus, both in its education and research activities. On the lively, modern campus, more than 28.000 students and scholars of more than 100 nationalities are constantly encouraged to develop their talents and meet their ambition. Our more than 2700 scientists and employees work together with all our students to solve challenges faced by global society, drawing their inspiration from the consistently dynamic and cosmopolitan city of Rotterdam. The academic education offered at our faculties is intensive, engaging and strongly focused on practical application. We increasingly perform our research in multidisciplinary teams, which are closely interwoven with international networks.

Erasmus School of Philosophy
Erasmus School of Philosophy has research strengths in a number of research areas, including philosophy of economics. It offers a three-year bachelor programme in philosophy, a one-year master programme in philosophy and a two-year research master programme in philosophy and economics. Moreover, the Faculty offers a double bachelor (honours) undergraduate programme for students from other faculties at the Erasmus University. In total the Faculty has about 500 students and 20 staff members. 

Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics (EIPE)
The Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics (EIPE) is one of the world’s leading research institutes in philosophy and economics. EIPE is part of ESPhil and collaborates with other EUR schools (e.g. ESE, RSM, Research Initiative Dynamics of Inclusive Prosperity). The research topics covered at EIPE span all branches of philosophy and economics, including foundations of economic theory, rationality, economic methodology, and ethical aspects of economics. The graduate programmes at EIPE comprise the prestigious two-year Research Master in Philosophy and Economics and an outstanding Ph.D. programme.

Additional information
For further questions, prospective applicants can contact Erwin Dekker (, Conrad Heilmann (, or Jack Vromen (

More information about Erasmus University, Erasmus School of Philosophy and the Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics (EIPE) can be found on: and and

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