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 ( 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: 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.

Vacancy: postdoc philosophy and innovation in developing countries (closed)

Postdoc position philosophy and innovation in developing countries (0,8 fte; 22 months) (application deadline 15/11/2015)

The Centre for Frugal Innovations in Africa (CFIA), a research centre of Leiden University, Delft University of Technology and Erasmus University Rotterdam seeks to fill a postdoc-position for research on Frugal Innovations and Responsible Entrepreneurship: Case Studies in the Water and Health Sectors in East Africa. This project is funded and supported by the Netherlands Scientific Research Organization (NWO) and three private partners, Philips N.V., OASEN and Hatenboer-Water BV.

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3TU.Ethics member involved: Neelke Doorn.