Vacancy: 2 PhD positions at the Department of Technology, Policy and Management of Delft University of Technology [closed]

The Department of Technology, Policy and Management of Delft University of Technology is hiring two PhD candidates for a project on crowd-based innovations. For one of these positions, we are looking for a candidate with a background in applied ethics and affinity with technology and engineering. 

 Background

The “crowd” increasingly seems to be key for innovation in all kind of sectors, e.g. crowdfunding, open platforms, citizen initiatives for energy production, or the sharing economy. Such crowd-based initiatives provide many opportunities for innovations in socio-technical systems, but also significant challenges because they often occur in the context of traditional, well-established, institutional and governance structures and practices. In this research project we will study how to deal with the conflicts that can arise where crowd-based innovations meet existing structures. The goal is to design governance arrangements so that the power of mobilising people and organisations can be combined with legitimacy and responsible innovation. We are looking for two PhD researchers, one applying a normative perspective, and one applying an empirical perspective. The candidates will closely collaborate to combine both perspectives.

Please find the full vacancy text at: https://www.academictransfer.com/employer/TUD/vacancy/38412/lang/en/

Vacancy: Postdoctoral researcher in Ethics and Governance of Research and Innovation (8 months)

University of Twente 

In this postdoc, you will be working on two projects.  First, you will coordinate and carry out the Ethics and Policy project, a project on making ethics research (especially ethics of technology) relevant for policy makers.  This is a project funded by the 4TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology (www.ethicsandtechnology.eu). We have done an initial survey of both ethics researchers and policy makers and now want to both develop a general approach for making such ethics-policy links (in the form of a written report) and do a couple of brief pilot projects.  Upon request, we can send you more information.

Second, you will be doing work for the SATORI project (www.satoriproject.eu), an EU-funded FP7 project that aims to develop standards, approaches and best practices for the ethical assessment of research and innovation in the EU and beyond.  It is directed at research ethics committees, research funding organizations, universities and research institutes, industry and other organizations that engage in ethics assessment and guidance of research and innovation.  The project is in its final year, and we need someone who can help further develop and implement our proposals, help translate some of them into policies and work with policy makers and other stakeholders in strengthening ethics assessment in the EU and beyond.  You will be contributing to reports, policy briefs and workshops and will participate in the dissemination of our results.  You can find some of our deliverables (reports) on the website, and we can send you our most recent unpublished reports upon your request.

In addition to these two main tasks, it is possible that your contribution is asked to the development and writing of proposals for research funding in the area of ethics and philosophy of technology.

Your profile

You hold a PhD, or will acquire one by the time of appointment, in ethics, governance studies, policy studies or a related discipline.  You have an understanding of and interest in ethical and/or policy issues in relation to technology and innovation.  Ideally, you have first-hand experience both with the academic world (preferably with ethics groups and programs) and the policy world, preferably in an international context.  You have relevant publications in peer-reviewed, international journals. You have very good command of the English language. You have good analytical skills, are creative, open-minded and possess the ability to develop new ideas and engage in multidisciplinary collaboration. You have good communication skills and are a good team player. 

Further information 

Location: This position is based at the Department of Philosophy, University of Twente. 

Contact: Prof. Philip Brey, email: p.a.e.brey@utwente.nl; phone: +31 (0)53 489 4426.

Our offer

Appointment

You are appointed postdoc (full-time) for a period of eight months. You will be embedded in the philosophy department of the university of Twente, which also holds the directorate of the 4TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology, and which coordinates the SATORI project (Brey).  

Depending on relevant background and experience, the gross monthly salary on a full time basis ranges from € 3,312 up to a maximum of € 3,786. Employees are also entitled to a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus. We offer excellent auxiliary terms of employment, such as professional and personal development programs; a secondary remuneration package; a dynamic environment with enthusiastic colleagues; an organization focusing on internationalization and a high degree of responsibility and independence.

Starting date is April 1st or May 1st, 2017 (negotiable).

Job application

Your application should include the following documents:

  • a cover letter which explains your interest in the position and your qualifications for it;
  • a curriculum vitae which includes the name and e-mail address/telephone number for at least two references;
  • a writing sample (preferably a published article related to the postdoc area);
  • a summary and table of contents of your dissertation (or the entire dissertation).

Applications should be uploaded via www.utwente.nl/vacatures/en (click on “Vacancies” to look for this vacancy, which will have an upload link). The application deadline is 21 February 2017. Interviews will be held at the end of February. Since only three documents can be uploaded per application, please combine documents if needed.

About the University of Twente

We stand for science and technology, high tech, human touch, education and research that matter. New technology which drives change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university in the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programs. The University of Twente has a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out pioneering research. The Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences strives to hold a leading position in their fields in relation to the science and technology research programs of the University of Twente. In all these fields, the faculty provides bachelor, master and professional development programs.

The department of philosophy The department of philosophy at the University of Twente (https://www.utwente.nl/bms/wijsb/) is internationally leading in the philosophy and ethics of technology. At a recent research evaluation of philosophy programs in the Netherlands, it ranked highest in the area of ethics and practical philosophy. The department currently includes eight tenured/tenure-track staff members, three postdocs, ten PhD students, and several part-time faculty. The department participates in and directs the interuniversity 4TU.Center for Ethics and Technology (www.ethicsandtechnology.eu). Both the department and the Center have a strong international orientation and include members from many different nationalities. The department’s research has a strong focus on ethics of emerging technologies (including ICT and robotics, biomedical and neurotechnologies and environmental technologies), and the philosophy and ethics of human-technology relations, amongst other topics. 

Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences 
The Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences (BMS) of the University of Twente, which includes the department of philosophy, strives to play a pivotal role in understanding, co-engineering and evaluating innovation in society. Innovation is driven by advances in technology. Through ‘social engineering’ these technological advances are embedded in society befitting human needs and behaviour, within proper public and private management and business structures. For this the faculty of BMS upholds high quality disciplinary knowledge in psychology, business administration, public administration, communication science, philosophy, educational science and health sciences. All with a focus on the challenges in society. Research is strongly connected to our Institutes on Governance (IGS), ICT (CTIT), Health (MIRA) and Nanotechnology (MESA+).

Postdoctoral researcher in Ethics, Well-Being and Data Science (3 years, University of Twente)

NEWEL project – The New Science of Existential Well-being: Concepts, Ethics and Responsible Algorithms

University of Twente

The position is part of the project ‘NEWEL – The New Science of Existential Well-being: Concepts, Ethics and Responsible Algorithms,’ which is jointly funded by Ahold Delhaize and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), which also includes researchers in data science and analytics, artificial intelligence, and economics.

The NEWEL Project

The NEWEL research agenda will

  1. explore the need, relevance and justness of focusing on well-being in organizations and organizational decision-making, also compared to achieving other objectives within organizations;
  2. explore key drivers of current and future aspects of work-related well-being, including identification of long-term effectiveness of interventions to increase well-being within organizations and core ethical guidelines for sustainable well-being policies, and
  3. explore the ethics of using technology in gathering, processing and data driven decision making on well-being in organizations.

Envisaged tangible outcomes of the project include guidelines for using big data and well-being data in organizations to inform policy as well as software prototypes for analysing work-related survey and theoretical and empirical contributions on the relationship between employee well-being and organizational performance.

Within the NEWEL project, the work will focus on algorithms and ethics of data-driven well-being interventions. The people on this project will be based at different academic locations and the team as a whole will have regular meetings at Ahold Delhaize’s Zaandam offices.

Your profile

Position: Ethics of Big Data and Data Driven Well Being Interventions in Organizations (Postdoc in Ethics)

The postdoctoral researcher is expected to contribute primarily to the third research line: explore the ethics of using technology in gathering, processing and data driven decision making on well-being in organizations. In particular, the postdoc will explore how to responsibly gather, analyze and interpret big data, especially related to employee behavior and well-being. In addition, he/she will explore the need, relevance, and justness of focusing on employee well-being in organizational decision-making, also compared to achieving other values and objectives within organizations. For what subtypes of organizations is the pursuit of employee well-being needed, relevant and justifiable for different groups of employees? What kind of role work plays in the life of people and how important it is for individual well-being or satisfaction with life as a whole, also compared to other values and goals in life? Which questions to emphasize the most will be decided together with the other research partners and in line with the candidates prior experience and expertise.

You hold a PhD (or will acquire one by the time of appointment) in philosophy or related disciplines with a significant ethics component, preferably with a specialization in philosophy and ethics of well-being, ethics of big data and/or organizational ethics. You have a track record of relevant publications in peer-reviewed, international journals, and have relevant international experience. You are willing and able to collaborate with researchers in the field of big data analytics, and you preferably have experience working with social scientists. You have an excellent command of the English language. You have good analytical skills, are creative, open-minded and possess the ability to develop new ideas. You have good communication skills and are a good team player. You are prepared to move to the Netherlands, to the region where the University of Twente is located.

You are expected to produce (or strongly contribute towards) the following deliverables:

  • 4 peer-reviewed journal papers, in addition to professional papers, on Philosophy/Ethics of Individual Well-Being in Organizations;
  • Help organize workshop for stakeholders in academia, business and public policy;
  • Write paper on ethics of collection and analysis of Big Data within organizations with a specific focus on well-being data.

Further information 

Location: This position is based at the Department of Philosophy, University of Twente

Contact: Prof. Philip Brey T: +31 (0)53 489 4426 (p.a.e.brey@utwente.nl)

Our offer

Appointment

You are appointed postdoc (full-time) for a period of three years. Your office and appointment will be at the Philosophy Department at UT, but you are also expected to work closely with Ahold Delhaize researchers. The terms of employment are in accordance with the Dutch Collective Labor Agreement for Universities (CAO). Depending on relevant background and experience, the gross monthly salary on a full time basis ranges from € 3,312 up to a maximum of € 3,555. Starting date is April 1st, 2017 (earlier or later date negotiable). Employees are also entitled to a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus. We offer excellent auxiliary terms of employment, such as professional and personal development programs; a secondary remuneration package; a dynamic environment with enthusiastic colleagues; an organization focusing on internationalization and a high degree of responsibility and independence.

Job application

Your application should include the following documents:

  • a cover letter which explains your interest in the position and your qualifications for it;
  • a curriculum vitae which includes the name and e-mail address/telephone number for at least two references;
  • a writing sample (preferably a published article related to the postdoc area);
  • a summary and table of contents of your dissertation (or the entire dissertation).

Applications (including curriculum vitae, list of publications) should be uploaded via www.utwente.nl/vacatures/en. The application deadline is 29 January 2017. Interviews will be held early February. Since only three documents can be uploaded per application, please combine documents if needed.

Starting date is April 1st, 2017 (earlier or later date negotiable).

About the University of Twente

We stand for science and technology, high tech, human touch, education and research that matter. New technology which drives change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university in the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programs. The University of Twente has a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out pioneering research. The Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences strives to hold a leading position in their fields in relation to the science and technology research programs of the University of Twente. In all these fields, the faculty provides bachelor, master and professional development programs.

The department of philosophy The department of philosophy at the University of Twente (https://www.utwente.nl/bms/wijsb/) is internationally leading in the philosophy and ethics of technology. At a recent research evaluation of philosophy programs in the Netherlands, it ranked highest in the area of ethics and practical philosophy. The department currently includes eight tenured/tenure-track staff members, three postdocs, ten PhD students, and several part-time faculty. The department participates in and directs the interuniversity 4TU.Center for Ethics and Technology (www.ethicsandtechnology.eu). Both the department and the Center have a strong international orientation and include members from many different nationalities. The department’s research has a strong focus on ethics of emerging technologies (including ICT and robotics, biomedical and neurotechnologies and environmental technologies), and the philosophy and ethics of human-technology relations, amongst other topics.

Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences
The Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences (BMS) of the University o of Twente strives to play a pivotal role in understanding, co-engineering and evaluating innovation in society. Innovation is driven by advances in technology. Through ‘social engineering’ these technological advances are embedded in society befitting human needs and behaviour, within proper public and private management and business structures. For this the faculty of BMS upholds high quality disciplinary knowledge in psychology, business administration, public administration, communication science, philosophy, educational science and health sciences. All with a focus on the challenges in society. Research is strongly connected to our Institutes on Governance (IGS), ICT (CTIT), Health (MIRA) and Nanotechnology (MESA+).

For two other vacancies in the NEWEL project, please click here.

Fully-funded 4-year Ph.D. position on “Fearful Technologies: Historical and ethical perspectives on the role of fear in pro-technology discourses”

 Eindhoven University of Technology

Technology, Innovation and Society Group
http://jobs.tue.nl/en/vacancy/-phd-position-on-fearful-technologies-286591.html

Starting the latest in June 2017


The PhD position is interdisciplinary with a shared advisory team from the Technology, Innovation and Society Group (dr. Kalmbach, prof.dr. v.d. Vleuten) and the Philosophy & Ethics Group (dr. Spahn) of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences at Eindhoven University of Technology and has a focus on the historical and ethical perspectives on the role of fear in pro-technology discourses. We invite applications for a 4-year fully funded PhD starting at the latest in June 2017.

 

Research Context:

Fears of technologies are a prominent research topic in Science and Technology Studies and Risk Research. Industry, academia, and policy makers have been eager to develop strategies to overcome such fears. An area that has, however, been neglected so far is the question how the promotion of new technologies has itself appealed to fears. To name only a few examples: The fear that ‘the lights could go out’ has been addressed continuously in the promotion of nuclear energy; the fear that one could miss out on the meaning of life is stressed in the promotion of in-vitro-fertilization; and the fear that the world’s knowledge could get lost is emphasized in the calls for digital archives.

Our project will therefore investigate the argumentative role of fear in pro-technology discourses and the effects of these appeals to fear. It will bring together research from history and ethics of technology. The main research question will be: Which role did and do emotions, and especially fear play (historically) in the pro-technology discourse of emerging technologies and how should these appeals to fear be evaluated from an ethical perspective? We will investigate this question on the basis of empirical case studies and in relation to the ethical debate on the role of emotions and fear in technology acceptance.

 

Your Profile:

The candidate holds a Master’s degree or equivalent degree in one of the following fields: History (of Technology / Sciences), Philosophy, Sciences and Technology Studies, Innovation Studies, or related fields.

The candidate has excellent writing and qualitative analytic skills, fluency in English (which is the working language of the research group), and a strong interest in conducting research in an interdisciplinary and international team. The candidate should be able to take up the position latest by June 1.

The TU/e is an equal opportunity employee. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

Our Offer:

We offer a four-year PhD position in a vibrating research environment which is shaped by an interdisciplinary and international team of researchers and their tight integration in (inter)national research networks. The position comes with a gross salary of € 2.191 per month in the first year, increasing to €2.801 per month in the fourth year. Additionally, Eindhoven University of Technology provides excellent facilities for professional and personal development, a holiday allowance (amounts to 8% of the annual salary), an end-of-year bonus (amounts to 8,3%), and a number of additional benefits. The candidate will be given the possibility to gain teaching experience as well as to receive graduate training.

The application should contain the following documents:

–  Letter of motivation which explains your interest in the position and your qualifications for it;

–  Curriculum vitae (including, if applicable, a publication list and a teaching overview)

–  Research statement (roughly 500 words, plus (short!) bibliography) in which you elaborate on your ideas for a research focus in line with the project

–  Names and contact information of three persons willing to provide references.

 

If you are interested in this position, we invite you to apply before January 1, 2017. To apply please click HERE and use the ‘apply now’ button. Please note that a maximum of 5 documents can be uploaded, so if you have more than 5 documents you will have to combine them. Please do not send us applications by e-mail. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in Eindhoven (travel expenses will be covered) or via a video call end of January 2017, decision about the appointment will be made shortly after the interviews. The appointment is initially for a period of one year; contingent on satisfactory performance, the position will be extended by a maximum of an additional three years leading to the completion of a PhD thesis.

 

Further information:

For further information on the research context of this PhD position please contact: Karena Kalmbach (k.kalmbach@tue.nl) or Andreas Spahn (a.spahn@tue.nl).

Information about the terms of employment can be obtained from Mrs. Ellen van der Mierden, HR advisor (pz.ieis@tue.nl).

More information about the Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences can be found at www.tue.nl/en/university/departments/industrial-engineering-innovation-sciences/research/

 

PhD Position: Analyzing value trade-offs of interoperable Big Data in public safety

Fully-funded 4-year PhD position on “analyzing value trade-offs of interoperable Big Data in public safety contexts”. Intended starting date: 1 January 2017


The goal of the Ph.D project is to develop a framework for analyzing the value trade-offs associated with rendering cloud-based big data sets interoperable for the sake of public safety. This framework will help stakeholders identify the specific technical and ethical (particularly privacy and security) challenges and constraints to anticipate during system design and implementation, and will help identify different types of values (such as: social values, e.g. health outcomes, racial justice, gender equality, and decreases in crime, incarceration, and recidivism rates) and the variety of adverse social and ethical consequences (especially related to fairness and justice) that may result from implementing interoperability in public safety contexts. The framework produced will provide input for interoperable information system design and specification.

Main research question: How can stakeholders systematically assess what value can be gained from data interoperability in public safety contexts, whether a given effort to attain interoperability will produce the hoped-for value for public safety, and what other value-related consequences to anticipate? How should assessments of value-related consequences be incorporated into interoperability decision-making and system design?

Background: 

Interoperability, in a broad sense, refers to the ability of two heterogeneous and geographically distributed systems to exchange information and make use of the information exchanged. There has been substantial debate about the potential adverse consequences of increasing interoperability in public safety contexts. The public safety sector involves diverse actors such as government agencies, non-profits, and companies that are separated by the distinct problems, populations, regions, and methods. In recent years, there has been a push for greater collaboration and exchange of data between public safety actors, with the hope that harnessing big data for public safety will have substantial social benefits. For instance, some have proposed that combining information from emergency services and social media reports across jurisdictions in real time might improve prediction of and responses to emergency situations. Other public safety trends that may involve increased interoperability include predictive sentencing and predictive policing. However, increasing interoperability to advance public safety goals brings with it the potential for discrimination, injustice, privacy and civil rights violations, security risks, adverse consequences for vulnerable groups, exploitation, and a host of other ethical concerns.

Currently, most of the focus on interoperability is on technical aspects (e.g., communication protocols). As data relevant for public safety comes from heterogeneous domains, and a standard for interoperability has not yet been adopted across public safety sectors, there is a window of opportunity during which ethical analysis could have substantial influence on public safety interoperability design requirements. Concurrently, there has been inadequate analysis of the specific ethical challenges that interoperability is liable to produce, as well as of the variety of social value that could be obtained via interoperability in public safety. To adequately grasp both the potential social value and the variety of potential hazards in harnessing big data for public safety ends, and to incorporate such analysis into system design, specification and implementation, a more holistic approach is needed, which is the focus of this project.

Your profile:

The ideal candidate will have a masters (or equivalent) degree and will have experience and interest in both ethics and data science. This background could consist of a masters degree in philosophy/ethics and extensive coursework or experience related to data science, or it could consist of a masters degree in a field related to data science (for example: computer science, information systems, industrial engineering), and extensive coursework in philosophy/ethics. Other masters degrees will also be considered, if the candidate demonstrates a strong interest in and aptitude for the project. The candidate must be fluent in English, both written and spoken. Knowledge of Dutch is not a requirement.

The TU/e is an equal opportunity employee. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

The successful applicant will perform the research project outlined above. You will report research finding at international conferences and workshops and in research journals, and will have the opportunity to obtain teaching experience (no more than 10% of hours). This research will be concluded with a Ph.D. thesis.

The advisory team will be interdisciplinary, from the Philosophy & Ethics (dr. O’Neill, prof.dr. Meijers) and Information Systems (dr. eng.ec. Chituc) groups at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences at Eindhoven University of Technology. The PhD student will be situated within the Philosophy & Ethics group, but is expected to collaborate with the researchers from the Information Systems group.

The offer:

A four-year Ph.D. appointment, with target start date January 2017 (though a later start date may be possible);
The gross monthly salary is €2191 in the first year up to €2801 (gross) per month in the fourth year (on a full-time basis).
Additionally, Eindhoven University of Technology provides excellent facilities for professional and personal development, a holiday allowance (amounts to 8% of the annual salary), an end-of-year bonus (amounts to 8,3%), and a number of additional benefits (including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, savings schemas, excellent sport facilities).
Information and application

Application: 

  • A letter of application which explains your interest in this vacancy, your qualifications for it, and why you would be a good fit for this project
  • One-page motivation statement, elaborating on your ideas for a research focus in line with the project;
  • A detailed curriculum vitae
  • Names and contact information of two persons willing to provide references
  • Transcript from each university from which you received a degree (including grades)
    results of a recent English language test, or other evidence of your English language capabilities.

Select candidates will be invited for an interview via Skype or in Eindhoven.

If you are interested, we invite you to apply before November 25, 2016. To apply please click HERE and use the “apply now” button. Please note that a maximum of 5 documents can be uploaded, so if you have more than 5 documents you will have to combine them. We do not accept applications sent by e-mail. 

About the organization: 

Eindhoven University of Technology is one of the world’s leading research universities (ranked by the Times Higher Education Supplement). It is in particular well known for its joint research with industry (ranked number one worldwide by the Centre for Science and Technology Studies). The research will be conducted at Eindhoven University of Technology, at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences (IE&IS), embedded within the Research Group of Philosophy & Ethics and the Research Group of Information Systems (IS).

The Philosophy & Ethics Group in the School of Innovation Sciences conducts philosophical research at the interface between fundamental philosophical issues and real-world problems that arise from the design and use of innovative technologies. We aim to do this in genuine interaction with the engineering, natural and social sciences. Research areas within the group include ethics, metaethics, philosophy of science, epistemology, and metaphysics.

The Information Systems Group in the School of Industrial Engineering performs advanced research in the area of business process engineering, focusing on business process management and business process intelligence. The group has a strong national and international reputation for both basic research in the academic community and applied research with industry. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to profit from the benefits that such an environment has to offer and to contribute to the ongoing research.

Further information:

For more information on the Philosophy and Ethics group please see the website http://p-e.ieis.tue.nl/ and for more information on the Information Science group please see the website http://is.ieis.tue.nl/

For further information, please contact dr. Elizabeth O’Neill (Philosophy & Ethics), e.r.h.oneill@tue.nl, or dr.eng.ec. Claudia-Melania Chituc (Information Systems), C.M.Chituc@tue.nl.

More information about the Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences can be found at www.tue.nl/en/university/departments/industrial-engineering-innovation-sciences/research/

Information about the terms of employment can be obtained from Mrs. Ellen van der Mierden, HR advisor (pz.ieis@tue.nl). Further information about Eindhoven University of Technology can be found at www.tue.nl.

 

Vacancy: Internship position at 4TU.Ethics

Looking for an internship opportunity in a large, internationally-oriented research centre? 4TU.Ethics, the Centre for Ethics and Technology offers a student internship in the area of public outreach and social media communication, starting in September 2016 (or later).

The 4TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology (4TU.Ethics) is a cooperation of the philosophy departments of three technical universities in the Netherlands (Delft and Eindhoven Universities of Technology and the University of Twente). The bundling of forces in the field of ethics and technology in the 4TU.Ethics accommodates the increasing need for balanced, high quality and comprehensive reflection and judgment on moral, political and policy issues associated with science and technology.

Your tasks

  • Support dissemination activities of 4TU.Ethics;
  • Support the online presence of the Centre (website, social media etc.);
  • Collaborate with journalists working with 4TU.Ethics;
  • Support outreach activities of 3TU.Ethics members;
  • Support us in developing and implementing our communication strategy;

During your internship you will take part in dissemination activities of 3TU.Ethics and maintain its online presence on social media and the website. The Centre collaborates closely with journalists – a part of your tasks will be supporting our researchers in these outreach activities, for instance in writing popular science articles and policy reports. The distributed character of the Centre requires a well-developed and up-to-date communication strategy, as communications intern you will continue developing these plans for dissemination of our excellent research.

Additional assignments (e.g., reports or written papers) needed for your study program can be negotiated.

We expect you to work with us for approx. 8 hours per week and to take part on a regular base in one face-to-face meeting per week.

Your profile

We are looking for an enthusiastic, result-oriented and proactive student interested in media, communication, and research dissemination, who has good standing in the programme (not fallen behind), and who has:

  • Good editorial skills;
  • Good communication skills;
  • Experience with social media software and sites, web page editors (WordPress).

The student may come either from a relevant study program (e.g., communication science) or may have acquired the relevant skills outside her or his field of study. Background in communication studies and ethics/philosophy of technology are bonus.

Our offer

We offer an interesting, tailor-made internship programme, adapted to your needs: you will be able to discuss the length of your stay with us and your working hours during the intake interview. You will have the opportunity to further develop your communication skills and grow your local and international network in the 4TU. environment. 4TU.Ethics will reimburse all travel costs related to the internship. The starting date is September 2016 however, a later starting date is also possible.

How to apply

Your application should include your CV and a short letter explaining your motivation. Please send your application by email to our managing director, Michael Nagenborg (m.h.nagenborg@utwente.nl). The vacancy places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Additional internship possibilities

In addition to our communications internship, the 4TU.Ethics also has place for internships in other areas, such as organisation and administration. For more information contact Michael Nagenborg (see above).

Vacancy: Postdoc Position on Responsible Innovation and Ethics in Industry

At the TU Delft a vacancy has opened up for a postdoc for two European project in the field of Responsible Innovation. This position is located in the Section of Ethics and Philosophy of Technology of the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, Department of Values, Technology & Innovation.

3 year, 0.7 fte

Starting as of September, 1 2016

Please apply by sending a short motivation letter and a CV to Ibo van de Poel, i.r.vandepoel@tudelft.nl no later than Friday, July 01, 2016.

Job interviews are (provisionally) planned for Wednesday, July 06, 2016.

Description

We are looking for a post-doc researcher that can contribute to two European projects (PRISMA, CANVAS) in the field of responsible innovation. The majority of the activities are related to the PRISMA project (about 0.5 fte of the 0.7 fte for 3 years) . This project researches the challenges for implementing Responsible Research and innovation (RRI) in industry through a number of pilot projects in companies. The CANVAS project aims to develop a community of legal and philosophical scholars and empirical researchers to share their experience and contribute to value-driven cybersecurity.  A short summary of both PRISMA and CANVAS are provided below. The candidate will also be involved in teaching.

We look for a candidate with a PhD on a subject relevant to responsible innovation, (engineering) ethics or corporate social responsibility. Apart from having good academic qualifications, as proven for example by a PhD thesis and scientific articles, the candidate should be willing and able to engage with industry, be well-organized and be able to keep deadlines. The position will allow you to expand your international network, and to work on academic publications and teaching in a stimulating academic environment.

Main activities

For PRISMA project (0.5 fte):

  • Contribute to inventory of RRI tools that can be used in industry
  • Investigate how companies can integrate RRI in their CSR (corporate social responsibility) policies and activities
  • Support of pilots with RRI at various companies (including spending some time for participatory research at companies)
  • Contribution to evaluation of pilots with RRI at companies
  • Writing reports and deliverables
  • Participation in project meetings etc.

 

For CANVAS project (0.1 fte):

  • Write a deliverable with a comprehensive review on the discussion of ethical aspects regarding cybersecurity (literature study)
  • Participation in project meetings etc.

Teaching (0.1 fte):

  • Involvement in regularly engineering ethics teaching of the Section of Ethics and Philosophy of Technology

 

PRISMA

There is now only limited experience with RRI in industry and there is also limited evidence of the added value of opening up the innovation process in industry for social engagement and gender considerations. We will overcome these current limitations by carrying out eight RRI pilot projects in a real-world industry context. To establish the added value of the RRI approach and the gender dimension in and for industry, we will assess the pilot projects on a number of product and process RRI dimensions and compare the score of the pilots on the relevant RRI dimensions with the score of similar projects in the same companies in which the RRI approach has not been followed. We focus on implementing RRI for some of the major technological challenges in the EU including nanotechnology, synthetic biology, Internet of Things and self-driving or automated cars. These are all transformative technologies that have the potential to transform existing modes of production and to change the relation of the company with users, suppliers or other stakeholders. The pilots aim at integrating RRI in the CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) policies of the participating companies. Some pilots will take place in private companies and some in public-private partnerships (PPPs). The project will be supported by extensive stakeholder consultations and dialogues. These will feed into the set-up and the carrying out of the pilots. The project will result in a RRI-CSR roadmap for transformative technologies. The roadmap will be widely disseminated through  the partners’ extensive industry network, and through industry branch and CSR organizations. An important means of dissemination will also be the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on RRI in industry. The dissemination is expected to lead to a better uptake of RRI approaches by industry. This will also contribute to the competiveness of the European industry.

 

CANVAS

The growing complexity of the digital ecosystem in combination with increasing global risks entail the danger that enforcing cybersecurity may bypass other fundamental values like equality, fairness or privacy, whereas downplaying cybersecurity would undermine citizens’ trust and confidence in the digital infrastructure. Technology developers as well as legal and philosophical scholars and empirical researchers have dealt for many years with cybersecurity issues, although from very specific angles. What is missing is community-building that unifies these perspectives from the presupposition that technology development in cybersecurity should incorporate European values and fundamental rights. Constructing this community – an alliance for value-driven cybersecurity – is the central aim of the CANVAS consortium. CANVAS consists of partners from different scientific traditions – ethical, legal, empirical and technological – with unique competences and broad contact networks such that they can serve as “seed crystals” for community-building. The consortium will take three domains of application with unique value-profiles and complementing cybersecurity exigencies – the health system, finance, and police / national security – as starting point for outlining problems related to value-driven cybersecurity. Using a three-step process, CANVAS will (1) structure existing knowledge, (2) design a network for exchanging knowledge and generating insights across domains, and (3) disseminate the insights gained through three means: A reference curriculum for value-driven cybersecurity with a focus on industry-training, briefing packages for policy stakeholders, and a MOOC (massive open online course) on value-driven cybersecurity. Furthermore, the alliance that should result from this community-building will allow for self-organization among alliance members for tackle specific research questions that emerge out of knowledge exchange in future proposals.

 

About the faculty, department and section

The Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management contributes to sustainable solutions for technological challenges in society by combining insights from engineering with the humanities and social sciences. The Faculty is equipped with excellent research and teaching facilities.
The Department of Values, Technology and Innovation (VTI) is one of three departments in the TPM Faculty. It uniquely comprises philosophers, economists and risk scholars. It studies how to develop and diffuse responsible technological innovations that reflect deeply held social and moral values. The department is one of the largest groups in the world studying value aspects, economics and risks for a wide range of sociotechnical systems. The department plays a leading role nationally and internationally in research in responsible innovation and value-sensitive design.
The Ethics and Philosophy of Technology section is one of three sections within the VTI Department. The section plays a central role worldwide in research on ethics and philosophy of technology. The group participates in the 3TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology, a centre of excellence and the world-leading centre in the ethics of technology. The group’s research covers a broad spectrum, ranging from applied research in collaboration with engineering scholars, experimental and empirical ethics in collaboration with social scientists, and foundational research in meta-ethics, risk theory, ontology and philosophy of science and design.

 

Vacancy: Short-term Postdoc appointments (2 months full-time) in Ethics at the University of Twente

The Department of Philosophy of the University of Twente in the Netherlands is hereby soliciting applications for short-term postdoc appointments (2 months, full-time) in ethics, with a focus on technology. From July 15th or August 1st, 2016 to September 15th or October 1st, 2016.

We are offering two competitive appointments at our department to do research in ethics of technology and prepare and submit a MARIE SKŁODOWSKA-CURIE individual fellowship proposal which, if successful, can be carried out at our department.

About the department

The department of philosophy (https://www.utwente.nl/bms/wijsb/) is internationally leading in the philosophy and ethics of technology. At a recent research evaluation of philosophy programs in the Netherlands, it ranked highest in the area of ethics and practical philosophy.  The department currently includes eight tenured/tenure-track staff members, three postdocs, ten PhD students, and several part-time faculty. The department participates in and directs the interuniversity 3TU.Center for Ethics and Technology (www.ethicsandtechnology.eu). Both the department and the Center have a strong international orientation and include members from many different nationalities. The department’s research has a strong focus on ethics of emerging technologies (including ICT and robotics, biomedical and neurotechnologies and environmental technologies), and the philosophy and ethics of human-technology relations, amongst other topics.

The Challenge

You spend two months with us to get acquainted with the department and engage in research, culminating in a proposal for a two-year MARIE SKŁODOWSKA-CURIE fellowship with a focus on ethics and technology (deadline: September 14th, 2016;

website:

http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/topics/2226-msca-if-2016.html

and

http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/wp/2016_2017/main/h2020-wp1617-msca_en.pdf ).

Please take into account that part of your appointment period will be during the summer, when it is quiet at the department.  However, there will be senior people around to help you with the proposal.

Offer

You are appointed as a postdoc (full-time) for a two-month period, starting date: July 15th or August 1st, ending date: September 15th or October 1st.

The salary amounts to € 3044,- gross monthly with a maximum to € 4654,- depending on experience. Additionally, the University of Twente provides excellent facilities for professional and personal development, a holiday allowance (amounts to 8%) and an end-of-year bonus (amounts to 8.3%), and a number of additional benefits.

Your profile

You hold a Ph.D. in philosophy, preferably with a specialization in ethics or social / political philosophy.  You have either had a focus on technology in your past research or you have a demonstrable interest in focusing on technology for your future research. You already have a strong list of publications in peer-refereed journals, and have relevant international experience. You have a strong command of the English language. You are not a resident of the Netherlands. You have basic familiarity with the MARIE SKŁODOWSKA-CURIE individual grant scheme and are willing and able to carry out the grant at the University of Twente, if successful in your application.

Information and application

For more information, please contact Prof. dr. Philip Brey, full professor in philosophy of technology (e-mail: p.a.e.brey@utwente.nl; phone:+31-53-4894426).

Your application should reach us by June 16th, and should include a CV, a letter of application, a summary and table of contents of your dissertation (or your full dissertation), a relevant scientific publication, and a one-page statement of the kind of research you would like to pursue and proposal you would want to write during the appointment. Interviews will be held one June 22th or 23rd. Skype interviews are a possibility. Applications should be uploaded via www.utwente.nl/vacatures/en. Please note that this site can only handle three files, so combine application materials into three files.

About the university and region

The University of Twente (UT) is a research university with a strong international orientation and a focus on science & engineering and social and behavioral sciences.  It includes more than 3,300 faculty and staff and 9,000 students. The UT is a campus university, located in the city of Enschede, in the east of the Netherlands. Enschede is a lively city of 150,000, located in beautiful countryside and near spectacular nature areas. It is only two hours away from major European cities like Amsterdam, Cologne and Düsseldorf, three hours from Brussels and also close to London, Paris and Berlin.

PhD Position: Technologies for health-related behavior change in vulnerable people: values & design

Fully-funded 4-year Ph.D. position on “Technologies for health-related behavior change in vulnerable people: values & design”

 

The Ph.D. position is interdisciplinary with a shared advisory team from the Philosophy & Ethics (Dr. Frank, Prof. Dr. Meijers) and Human-Technology Interaction (Dr. Huldtgren, Prof. IJsselsteijn) groups at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences at Eindhoven University of Technology and has a focus on the ethical dilemmas and psychological effects of technologies for health behavior change. We invite applications for a 4-year fully funded Ph.D. starting at the latest in September 2016.

 

Background 

Lifestyle diseases, chronic illness, and an aging population pose significant societal burdens. Symptoms and severity of chronic illness, often common in old age, can be reduced through greater adherence to medications and lifestyle changes. I addition, intervening in the health-related behaviors of children has the potential to reduce the long-term burden of disease, increase life quality, and reduce healthcare costs.

Technologies for behavior change (TBCs) are already being developed for prevention and lifestyle change, such as smartphone apps to analyze and quantify sleep patterns, diet, exercise, stress, and disease management. However, research on the psychological and ethical implications of these technologies for vulnerable populations, e.g. children or the elderly, is limited. There is a need to identify and counter the unintended psychological effects of constant tracking, privacy-risks, social pressures, and misleading data visualizations. Values are embedded in designs, e.g. a paternalistic stance that “forces” people into certain behaviors. To protect and respect users, there is a need for an assessment of ethical dilemmas related to paternalism and autonomy and ethical guidelines tailored to different persuasive strategies.

After a philosophical analysis and empirical study of TBCs, the final goal is to develop an ethical design framework based on the results of the preceding analyses adapting Value Sensitive Design (Friedman et al., 2013) specifically to TBC.

 

Your Profile 

The candidate holds a Master’s degree or equivalent degree in Philosophy or Ethics and is interested in health related technology. Alternatively, the candidate holds a Master’s degree or equivalent degree in Human Technology Interaction or Psychology and has strong interest in philosophy of technology.  Other Master’s degrees will also be considered, if the candidate shows a demonstrable interest in analytical as well as (qualitative) empirical work on the project’s topic. The TU/e is an equal opportunity employee. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

Our Offer 

We offer you a four-year Ph.D. position, starting September 2016. The gross salary is € 2174 per month in the first year to €2.779 per month in the last year. Additionally, Eindhoven University of Technology provides excellent facilities for professional and personal development, a holiday allowance (amounts to 8% of the annual salary), an end-of-year bonus (amounts to 8,3%), and a number of additional benefits.

 

For more information on the Philosophy and Ethics group please see the website http://p-e.ieis.tue.nl/ and for more information on the Human Technology Interaction Group please see the website https://www.tue.nl/en/university/departments/industrial-engineering-innovation-sciences/research/research-groups/human-technology-interaction/

 

Application 

Your application should contain the following documents:

–          a letter of application which explains your interest in the position and your qualifications for it;

–          a curriculum vitae including a publication list;

–          a one-page motivation statement, elaborating on your ideas for a research focus in line with the project

–          names and contact information of two persons willing to provide references;

 

If you are interested, we invite you to apply before May 16, 2016. To apply please click HERE and use the “apply now” button. Please note that a maximum of 5 documents can be uploaded, so if you have more than 5 documents you will have to combine them. Please do not send us applications by e-mail.

 

Further information 

For further information, please contact Lily Frank (P&E) l.e.frank@tue.nl or Alina Huldtgren (HTI) a.huldtgren@tue.nl.

 

More information about the Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences can be found at www.tue.nl/en/university/departments/industrial-engineering-innovation-sciences/research/

Information about the terms of employment can be obtained from Mrs. Ellen van der Mierden, HR advisor (pz.ieis@tue.nl). Further information about Eindhoven University of Technology can be found at www.tue.nl.

Vacancy: two assistant professor positions at the University of Twente

The Department of Philosophy of the University of Twente in the Netherlands is looking for two assistant professors:

 

Assistant Professor in Philosophy (2 years, full-time)

 

Assistant Professor in Philosophy (1 year, full-time)

 

The department of philosophy is internationally leading in the philosophy and ethics of technology, and in philosophy of science in practice. It currently includes seven tenured staff members, three tenure trackers, two postdocs, fourteen PhD students, and several temporary faculty members. The department participates in and directs the interuniversity 3TU.Center for Ethics and Technology (ww.ethicsandtechnology.eu). Both the department and the Center have a strong international orientation and include members from many different nationalities. The department is currently in need of two temporary faculty members, one for two years and one for one year, to support its teaching activities and to strengthen its research program.

 

The Challenge

 

You teach (80%) philosophy for bachelor and master programs in engineering and social science. You may also teach philosophy courses in the master program Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society (https://www.utwente.nl/psts/). Courses may include a selection of the following, depending on your strengths and preferences, and on what is vacant: philosophy of communication, business ethics, computer ethics, philosophy of psychology, academic/research skills and methods, philosophy of (value sensitive) design, human-technology relations for engineers, philosophy of science for students in engineering and social sciences, argumentation theory and logic, professional ethics for engineers, and others. Some courses will be co-taught with other teachers. You perform research (20%) in the area of philosophy, with a focus on the role of science and technology in society. Your research will focus on philosophical issues in relation to science and/or technology, in particular on ethics of technology, human-technology relations, and/or philosophy of science in practice.  Itwill be embedded in the department’s research program and in either CTIT (the Centre for Informatics and Information Technology) or MIRA (Institute for Biomedical Technology and Technical Medicine). It may also be embedded in the 3TU.Center for Ethics and Technology.

 

Offer

 

For both vacancies:  You are appointed as an Assistant Professor (full-time). The starting date is March 1, 2016 (negotiable). The gross monthly salary ranges from € 3.400,- up to € 4.654,- gross per month (based on experience) in accordance with the job profile for a “Universitair Docent-2”, under the University System for Job Classification (UJC). In addition, the University of Twente offers attractive employment conditions (for example, 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of-year bonus on top of to the annual salary) and excellent facilities for professional and personal development.

 

Your profile

 

You hold a Ph.D. in philosophy, preferably with a specialization in philosophical anthropology, (applied) ethics, political philosophy or philosophy of science (in case of the latter, preferably with specialization in social sciences), and an interest in technology and technological developments and/or in epistemological issues of the engineering and social sciences.

You have broad experience in teaching at a university level, preferably including students in science & engineering, social science, or other non-philosophical fields. You have demonstrable didactic skills in teaching, good teaching evaluations, and a passion for teaching. You are able and willing to teach in areas of philosophy outside your philosophical specialization, both in philosophy at large and in the philosophy/ethics of science and technology.

You have either had a focus on technology in your past research or you have a demonstrable interest in focusing on technology for your future research. You have published in peer-refereed journals, and have relevant international experience.

You have a strong command of the English language. All master programs at the University of Twente are taught in English, and English is the official language at departmental meetings. Bachelor teaching is often in Dutch, but in almost all cases teaching in English is allowed.

We want to stress that candidates with an all-round, broad experience in teaching (diverse courses) take precedence, since the main part of the position consists of teaching.

 

Information and application

 

For more information, please contact prof.dr. C. Aydin (Chair Department; o.aydin@utwente.nl; phone +31-53-4893391) or prof.dr. Philip Brey (full professor and member of Daily Board; P.A.E.Brey@utwente.nl; phone: +31-53-4894426). Your application should reach us by January 17 2016, and should include a CV, a letter of application (including teaching evaluations), a summary and table of contents of your dissertation (or your full dissertation), a relevant research publication, and contact information for 2 or more references. Interviews will ideally be held between January 19 and January 29 depending on availability of selected candidates. Skype interviews are a possibility. Applications should be uploaded via www.utwente.nl/vacatures/en.

 

Please indicate if you want to be considered for the ‘one year position’ or the ‘two-year position’.  Depending on the financial situation of the department, there is perspective on extending the ‘one year position’ with an additional year.

 

About the university and region

 

The University of Twente. We stand for science and technology, high tech, human touch, education and research that matter. New technology which drives change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university in the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programs. The University of Twente has a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out pioneering research. The Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences strives to hold a leading position in their fields in relation to the science and technology research programs of the University of Twente. In all these fields, the faculty provides bachelor, master and professional development programs.

 

The city of Enschede, in the east of the Netherlands, is a lively city of 150,000, located in beautiful countryside and near spectacular nature areas. It is only two hours away from major European cities like Amsterdam, Cologne and Düsseldorf, three hours from Brussels and also close to London, Paris and Berlin.