Gepubliceerd op 30-01-2023

Assistant Professor of the History of Modern Physics

Are you a motivated scientist and teacher in the history of science? Then delve into a new project on determinism, randomness and emergence in modern physics as an Assistant Professor. You will work in modern, green surroundings with an informal work environment, where our support allows you to put your ideas to the test and push your boundaries.

The Department of History of Philosophy of the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies invites candidates for a new tenured position in the History of Modern Physics, which will both strengthen the teaching and research expertise of the Center for the History of Philosophy and Science (CHPS) and contribute to the new project on determinism, randomness and emergence in modern physics led by Spinoza laureate Klaas Landsman at the Faculty of Science.

You should be well versed in the history of science, especially in the context of modern theories of physics, such as quantum theory, general relativity, and/or statistical mechanics. You should be willing to contribute to both the general research programme of CHPS, which studies philosophy and science as historically intertwined fields, and to the specific themes of Professor Landsman’s project.

You will be expected to teach courses at the Bachelor’s and Master’s levels, varying from Bachelor’s courses in the History of Science and in Philosophy to Master’s courses on topics related to your research, which should, however, also be accessible to philosophy students without a mathematical or physical background. You supervise students writing their Bachelor’s or Master’s theses.

The position will initially be at the Assistant Professor level, with a track towards Associate Professorship. Women are especially welcome to apply. The position will consist of 50% teaching, 45% research and 5% administration.


  • You hold a PhD in the history of science or in a related discipline, with a research focus on the history of modern physics (notably on quantum theory, general relativity, and/or statistical mechanics).
  • You are able to teach courses in the History of Science and in Philosophy, varying from bachelor courses to master courses, which should be accessible to philosophy students without a mathematical or physical background.
  • You are an inspiring teacher, preferably with experience at both BA and MA level.
  • You are proficient in Dutch (C2 level) and English (C1 level) or are willing to achieve these levels within two to three years. Obtaining these levels and being able to teach in both languages is a criterion for tenure.
  • You have a strong publication record, appropriate to career stage.
  • You have concrete plans for a future grant proposal (ERC or NWO).
  • You are preferably in possession of a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) or are willing to obtain it within two years.
  • You enjoy working as part of a multidisciplinary research group.


Fixed-term contract: It concerns a temporary employment for 18 months, with the possibility of a permanent employment.

  • It concerns an employment for 1.0 FTE.
  • The gross monthly salary amounts to a minimum of €3,974 and a maximum of €5,439 based on a 38-hour working week, depending on previous education and number of years of relevant work experience (salary scale 11).
  • You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • It concerns a temporary employment for 18 months, with the possibility of a permanent employment.
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services. Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
  • Working for us means getting extra days off. In case of full-time employment, you can choose between 30 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the legally allotted 20.

Work and science require good employment practices. This is reflected in Radboud University’s primary and secondary employment conditions. You can make arrangements for the best possible work-life balance with flexible working hours, various leave arrangements and working from home. You are also able to compose part of your employment conditions yourself, for example, exchange income for extra leave days and receive a reimbursement for your sports subscription. And of course, we offer a good pension plan. You are given plenty of room and responsibility to develop your talents and realise your ambitions. Therefore, we provide various training and development schemes.


The Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies houses over 160 staff and over 1,000 students from the Netherlands and abroad. Our educational programme includes several top-notch degree programmes and has both in-depth disciplinary fields of study and interdisciplinary and interfaculty study programmes. The faculty provides innovative teaching and research programmes with a strong focus on current social issues.

The Department of the History of Philosophy brings together historians of philosophy and historians of science in a single teaching and research unit. As far as teaching is concerned, the Department provides courses in the history of philosophy from Antiquity to the current age for the Faculty’s Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Research Master’s programmes. As far as research is concerned, the Center for the History of Philosophy and Science (CHPS), investigates the evolution of natural philosophy from Antiquity to the 21st century. It pays particular attention to the period between 1250 and 1700, and to the consequences of the fragmentation of the Aristotelian worldview into the manifold of modern scientific disciplines. This fragmentation of natural philosophy into different sciences, which no longer share common ontological and epistemological premises, raises important questions for contemporary philosophers, which are also addressed by CHPS. The reception of ancient philosophy in modern and contemporary thought is also crucial in the Department’s research. Research and teaching topics include the notions of place/space, time, matter, motion, chance and necessity, but also soul, mind and cognition. Within the global academic landscape, CHPS is unique in approaching the history of philosophy and the history of science as historically intertwined phenomena. For this reason, it has attracted staff, PhD candidates, and postdoctoral researchers from many countries, and functions as an international hub for scholars interested in the combination of the history of philosophy and the history of science. In addition to addressing academic peers, CHPS also reaches out to a wider audience to contribute to a better understanding of the historical trajectory that has led to today’s science and technology-driven society.

Our faculty is committed to equal opportunities for all. We stand for an inclusive community and believe that diversity contributes to the quality of teaching and research. We therefore particularly welcome employees from different backgrounds, whose perspectives and alternative ways of thinking may contribute to the diversity of our faculty.

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For questions about the position, please contact Prof. Carla Rita Palmerino, Full Professor at carlarita.palmerino@ru.nl. Alternatively, you can contact Prof. Klaas Landsman, Full Professor at klaas.landsman@ru.nl.
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