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 ( 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 ( 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;


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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.


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:; 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 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.

HDCA pre-conference lecture Nussbaum: audio recording now available

image The lecture was co-organized with the ISS and took place in the morning of September 5th 2011, at the ISS in The Hague.

Photos of the event can be found here. Below you can find audio recordings that were made at this event.

Introduction to the lecture:

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Lecture by Professor Nussbaum:

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Question and Answer session:

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7 new NWO grants for 4TU.Ethics fellows

In six of these seven projects awarded, a 4TU.Ethics research fellow was the main applicant. In one case, a 4TU.Ethics fellow was co-applicant. In this first round of the responsible innovation program, NWO has in total funded 15 projects. This means that 4TU.Ethics was able to acquire 47% of the available grants.

The grants together cover a wide range of areas in the ethics of technology, such as the impacts of new food technologies, the role of technology in global justice and the long-distance monitoring of patients with the help of new medical devices. In line with the requirements of the grant program, all projects are interdisciplinary. Project proposals were submitted together and in close collaboration with engineers and social scientists from other centers and departments and 4TU.Ethicists will continue to work closely together with them during the execution of the research projects. An overview of all the 2009 awarded MVI projects of 4TU.Ethics can be found below.

Title of project 4TU.Ethics applicant(s)
1. Responsible early diagnostics for Alzheimer’s Disease Marianne Boenink
2. Technology and Human Development:
A Capability Approach
Jeroen van den Hoven, Ilse Oosterlaken
3. Persuasive technology and social values Anthonie Meijers
4. Biosecurity and dual use research Seumas Miller, Jeroen van den Hoven
5. Moral fitness of military personnel in a networked operational environment Lamber Royakkers
6. Responsible Innovation in Food Technology: about the intricate web of soft impacts, (ir)responsibilities, and mutual lack of trust Tsjalling Swierstra
7. Telecare at home: Anticipating conflicting norms in telemonitoring technologies for chronic patients Peter-Paul Verbeek

NWO officially launched the responsible innovation program in June 2008. The program is co-funded by a number of Dutch ministries, who recognize that scientific and technological change give rise to many hard ethical and social questions for public policy. More information about the grant program can be found at