Assistant Professor of Ethics of Technology (Tenure Track)

Faculty/department Technology, Policy and Management
Level PhD degree
Maximum employment 38 hours per week (1 FTE)
Duration of contract Tenure track
Salary scale €3,427 to €5330 per month gross

Intended starting date: mid April 2018


Technology, Policy and Management 

The Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management contributes to sustainable solutions for technical challenges in society by combining the insights from engineering with the humanities and the social sciences.


The Department of Values, Technology and Innovation (VTI) focuses on the value dimension of comprehensive engineering, the overarching research theme of the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management (TPM). 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 design for values.


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 section participates in the 4TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology, a world-leading centre in the ethics of technology. The research of the section 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, methodology, ontology and philosophy of science, technology and design. The ethics research programme focuses specifically on design for values, risk ethics, and responsible innovation.

The Ethics and Philosophy of Technology section provides for service teaching at all engineering programs of TU Delft, primarily in ethics but also in philosophy of engineering methodology and philosophy of science. We develop and provide our teaching in close collaboration with (assistant/associate) professors in engineering, to provide for tailor-made education that connects well with the focus of the different engineering programs. In the coming years we will redesign our teaching activities to provide more thematic ethics courses that are open to students from a variety of engineering programs.


Job description

The Ethics and Philosophy of Technology section is looking for an Assistant Professor (tenure track) of Ethics and Technology. The work of the candidate should contribute to our departmental research theme ‘responsible innovation’. Specifically, we are interested in strengthening our expertise in ethical aspects of resilience. Resilience aims to improve the capacity of technologies and socio-technical systems to deal with potentially risky developments. This also involves conceptual, ethical, and methodological considerations, such as: What are the essential ingredients for a system, society or community to be considered resilient? Is resilience always desirable? Can systems be made resilient-by-design? How can decision-making about resilience be genuinely inclusive? What is a fair distribution of responsibilities for resilience between different stakeholders? Can these stakeholders be expected to have the capabilities to be responsible for resilience? Etc. Candidates who currently do not have expertise in ethical aspects of resilience but who are willing and able to convincingly link their current expertise to resilience are also encouraged to apply.

The candidate is prepared to work in a multidisciplinary environment encompassing engineering sciences, economics, safety science, social and behavioural science, and public policy. The candidate has proven skills in teaching and coaching Bachelor and Master students. The candidate is well equipped for managerial tasks. The position will consist for ca 40% of research, 10% management and 50% teaching. We aim to increase the diversity in our Section, so we especially encourage candidates from underrepresented groups to apply.


We are looking for applicants with the following qualifications:

  • PhD degree in the field of ethics and a specialisation in ethics of technology;
  • Excellent track record in the field of ethics, as proven by relevant academic publications;
  • Additional expertise in another relevant discipline (engineering, natural or social sciences etc) is desirable;
  • Trackrecord in multidisciplinary work, or willingness to acquire this;
  • Strong commitment to contributing to the field of ethics of technology;
  • International experience;
  • Ample experience and affinity with teaching ethics;
  • “Basiskwalificatie onderwijs” (university teaching qualification) certificate or the willingness to obtain it;
  • Excellent English skills;
  • Proficiency of Dutch or willingness to acquire it
  • Flexibility and readiness to work in teams.


Conditions of employment

A Tenure Track, a process leading up to a permanent appointment with the prospect of becoming an Associate or Full Professor, offers young, talented academics a clear and attractive career path. During the Tenure Track, you will have the opportunity to develop into an internationally acknowledged and recognised academic. We offer a structured career and personal development programme designed to offer individual academics as much support as possible. For more information about the Tenure Track and the personal development programme, please visit A tenure-track position is offered for six years. Based on performance indicators agreed upon at the start of the appointment, a decision will be made by the fifth year whether to offer you a permanent faculty position. 

TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Inspiring, excellent education is our central aim. If you have less than five years of teaching experience and do not yet have your teaching certificate, we allow you up to three years to obtain this.


Information and application

For more information about this position, please contact Prof. S. Roeser, To apply, please e-mail a detailed letter of application, a curriculum vitae including publication list, a research statement, a teaching statement, the names and contact information of three references and two samples of published academic work by January 22nd 2018 to . When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number ATTBM 17.031.


Prof.dr. Sabine Roeser

TU Delft

Head of the Ethics and Philosophy of Technology Section

Department of Values, Technology, and Innovation

Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management

Jaffalaan 5

2628 BX Delft

The Netherlands

+31 (0) 15 2788779

Twitter: @SabineRoeser