Postdoc position in the Research Project “Norms and Values in the European Migration and Refugee Crisis”
Utrecht University, Faculty of Humanities

Postdoc position in the Research Project “Norms and Values in the European Migration and Refugee Crisis” (0.6 FTE)

Job description

The Postdoc is embedded in the EU-funded Research Project “Norms and Values in the European Migration and Refugee Crisis” (NoVaMigra), in the group of Prof Marcus Düwell, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Utrecht University. The project will investigate how the recent arrival of great numbers of refugees in Europe has influenced the self-understanding of the EU and its member states. The project also aims to develop an ethically justified view regarding refugees and to clarify the duties European institutions have in a globalized world and with regard to global conflicts. 

The Postdoc will mainly investigate the philosophical conceptualizations and theories concerning how the EU could and should normatively understand itself and how it could and should react to refugees.


Applicants for the Postdoc position should have:

  • a PhD in Philosophy, with a relevant focus in ethics or political philosophy;
  • excellent track record and research skills relative to experience;
  • excellent academic writing and presentation skills;
  • publications in good journals or (in the case of books) with internationally recognized academic publishers;
  • the ability to work both independently and as part of a team, with good organisational and communication skills;
  • proven interest in interdisciplinary work is considered an advantage.


We offer a temporary position (0.6 FTE) for one year. Upon good performance, the contract will be extended till 1 April 2021.The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience  - ranges between €3,238 and €3,475 (scale 10 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) gross per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8 % and a year-end bonus of 8.3 % per year. We offer a pension scheme, (partly paid) parental leave, collective insurance schemes and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). More information is available at: working at Utrecht University.

About the organization

A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.


The Faculty of Humanities has around 6,000 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 committed colleagues and the excellent amenities in the historical city center of Utrecht, where the Faculty is housed, contribute to an inspiring working environment. 

Additional information

For additional information about NoVaMigra, please contact Dr Jos Philips ( Please also refer to the websites of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies and of Utrecht University for general information.


Applications should contain the following:

  • an application letter that sets out your qualifications and motivation for applying for the position;
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • two names of referees who can be contacted for a letter of reference, if needed;
  • two samples of published work (articles or chapters, unpublished chapters of the PhD dissertation will also be considered);
  • a scan of the PhD certificate.

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Interviews will be scheduled for 29 and 31 May. Employment will become effective in the fall of 2018.

The application deadline is


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