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PhD candidate in Political Theory of Financial Debt

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences – Department of Political Science

PhD candidate in Political Theory of Financial Debt
Publicatiedatum 21 oktober 2019
Sluitingsdatum 17 november 2019
Opleidingsniveau Master's degree
Functieomvang 38 hours per week
Salarisindicatie €2,325 to €2,972 gross per month
Vacaturenummer 19-693

Are you exceptionally interested in political theory of finance, and specifically in normative approaches to financial institutions? Do you want to help reform the financial system? Is it your ambition to become a top-tier researcher in a socially relevant field?  

The Department of Political Science of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG) invites applications to a PhD position within A New Normative Framework for Financial Debt project, which is being funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). This PhD track is part of the Political Theory group with the 'Challenges to Democratic Representation' program group.

What are you going to do?

Society is drowning in financial debts. But it is unclear how to deal with debt morally when it cannot be repaid or causes harmful side effects. This project develops practical, normative guidelines that help policymakers, creditors, and debtors to regulate and manage debt. It does so by treating foreseeable externalities as a key to sensible and socially desirable debt regulation.
The doctoral project 'Due Diligence, Negative Externalities, and Corporate Debt' will critically analyse existing practices of corporate lending, due diligence in underwriting and regulation in order to formulate empirically sensitive and dispositionally plausible normative guidelines. The guidelines should be able to guide regulators and practitioners in creating policies that govern the responsibilities of creditors and debtors.


You will:

  • analyse  provision of credit to non-financial corporations from a normative perspective;
  • offer a normative framework that can guide regulators and practitioners;
  •  present your findings at international conferences;
  • present your findings to expert practitioners and regulators;
  • publish papers in leading journals;
  • complete a dissertation.

What do we require?


  •  have a completed RMA or MA in political theory, philosophy, political economy or a related field;
  • have a background or demonstrable interest in understanding financial markets (prior experience in policy or private sector roles will be appreciated);
  • are inquisitive and capable of and enjoy independent research;
  • enjoy working in a larger intellectual team;
  •  have academic integrity;
  • are eager to connect normative theory to policy;
  • have strong writing skills and fluency in English.

What can we offer you?

A challenging work environment with a variety of duties and ample scope for individual initiative and development within an inspiring organisation. The social and behavioural sciences play a leading role in addressing the major societal challenges faced by the world, the Netherlands and Amsterdam, now and in the future.

To work at the University of Amsterdam is to work in a discerning, independent, creative, innovative and international climate characterised by an open atmosphere and a genuine engagement with the city of Amsterdam and society.


The intended starting date of the PhD position is 1 February 2020.

The position concerns a temporary appointment of 38 hours per week for a maximum term of 4 years. The initial appointment is for one year. Following a positive assessment and barring altered circumstances, this term will be extended by a maximum of 36 months, which should result in the conferral of a doctorate. We will put together a curriculum which will also include the opportunity to attend training courses and both national and international events. You will also be tasked with teaching Bachelor's students.

Your salary will be €2,325 gross per month in the first year and will increase to €2,972 in the final year, based on full-time employment and in keeping with the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities. We additionally offer an extensive package of secondary benefits, including 8% holiday allowance and a year-end bonus of 8.3%.

Further information

Do you have any questions or do you require additional information (including a copy of the research project)? Please contact:

Would you like to learn more about working at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)? Visit our website.

About the Faculty

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG) is the largest educational and research institution in the social sciences in the Netherlands. The Faculty serves 7,500 students in numerous Bachelor and Master programmes in Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology, Communication Science, Psychology, Social Geography, Planning and International Development Studies, and Educational Sciences. The academic staff is employed in education as well as research. There are over 1,100 employees at the Faculty, which resides in a number of buildings in the centre of Amsterdam.

The Department of Political Science is one of the departments of the FMG. The College of Social Sciences (CSW) and the Graduate School of Social Sciences (GSSS) are responsible for the undergraduate and graduate teaching programmes in Political Science. The research within the Department is conducted in research programmes of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR). The AISSR unites the social science research of the UvA, and is one of the largest research institutes in Europe. In the most recent Shanghai rankings (2019), the political science department was ranked 20th in the world.

Job application

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

Does this profile sound like you? If so, we are eager to receive your CV, cover letter, a writing sample (in English; max 8.000 words), and your research proposal on the topic of the project (in English; max 800 words).

You can apply online by clicking on the link below. 

The deadline for applications is 17 November 2019. Interviews will take place in late November and early December. #LI-DNP     

No agencies please

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