3 PhD students positions: Design for Changing Values: energy systems, artificial intelligence and design strategies

Delft University of Technology offers three positions for PhD students working as part of a new €2.5 million European Research Council (ERC) grant funded project ‘Design for Changing Values: a theory of value change in sociotechnical systems’. The entire Advanced ERC funded project consists of 3 PhD positions and 2 postdoc positions and will be supervised by Prof.dr.ir. Ibo van de Poel from whom a complete description of the project can be requested. The project aims for a better understanding of how moral values may change as a result of technological development and how we can better deal with such changing values in the design of new technology.


Each of the PhD positions focuses on one of the following more specific topics:

  • Changing values and the design of energy systems
  • Design for value change in robot systems and artificial intelligence
  • Design strategies for value change in sociotechnical systems


Each of the projects involves empirical as well philosophical investigations into the phenomenon of value change and its implications for the design of sociotechnical systems. The first two projects focus on value change in a more specific domain (energy systems and artificial intelligence) and the third project focuses on developing design strategies that improve how to deal with value change.


Each candidate will carry out doctoral research which will lead to a dissertation and will also produce relevant publications. The candidate will participate in the Graduate School of TU Delft and in PhD programme of the 4TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology. When applying please indicate in which position(s) you are interested; you can indicate more than one position. The candidate will also be involved in the teaching activities of the department.



We are looking for applicants with the following qualifications:

  • A master degree in philosophy, engineering or a relevant socio-scientific discipline, like STS (science and technology studies)
  • A demonstrable interest in applied ethics and in technology
  • It is recommended that the candidate has had experience in carrying out empirical research and has knowledge of the relevant technological domain studied in the PhD project
  • Good analytical and reasoning skills, as demonstrated by, for example, a master thesis
  • Willingness and ability to work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Ability to present his or her ideas clearly also to people with another disciplinary background
  • Openness to criticism
  • Productive and dedicated
  • Good command of both written and spoken English



Conditions of employment


Faculty/department Technology, Policy and Management
Level Master degree
Maximum employment 38 hours per week (1,0 FTE)
Salary scale: between 2226 and 2897 euros per month gross depending on (work) experience


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.


Information and application


To apply, please e-mail a detailed letter of application, a curriculum vitae and the names and contact information of references to . The closing date for applications is 12th November 2018. When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number ATTBM 18.022


For more information about these positions, please contact Ibo van de Poel,  from whom a more detailed description of the project is available on request.




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