Gert-Jan van der Heiden (1976) studied mathematics and philosophy at the University of Groningen. In October 2003, he obtained a PhD in Mathematics at the University of Groningen. His dissertation was entitled Weil Pairing and the Drinfeld Modular Curve. He got his PhD in Philosophy (cum laude) at the Radboud University Nijmegen in February 2008 with a dissertation entitled Disclosure and Displacement: Truth and Language in the Work of Heidegger, Ricoeur, and Derrida.
Since September 2013, he is full professor of metaphysics at the Department of Philosophy of the Radboud University Nijmegen. He is a member of its Center for Contemporary European Philosophy.
He mainly works on contemporary developments in metaphysics, hermeneutics and phenomenology. In 2009, he received an NWO-Veni grant for a project entitled Conflicting Pluralities: Rethinking Reality in Contemporary Philosophy. Since 2011, he is a member of The Young Academy of the Royal Dutch Academy for Arts and Sciences (KNAW). In 2012, he received together with Ben Vedder and Geurt Henk van Kooten a grant for the NWO-Free Competition program Overcoming the Faith-Reason Opposition: Pauline Pistis in Contemporary Philosophy.