Assistant Professor in bioethics with a focus on new medical technologies

You will be developing a coherent research line with a focus on ethical aspects of new medical technologies. You will publish in international refereed journals, present at conferences, apply for external funding and engage in international and interdisciplinary collaboration and in outreach activities. You will participate in the TechMed research centre of the University of Twente (https://www.utwente.nl/en/techmed/). The TechMed Centre is a leading Innovation Hub impacting healthcare through excellent research, innovation and educational programmes. It is equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure, ranging from research labs, preclinical testbeds and simulated hospital environments. TechMed is particularly active in the area of imaging and diagnostics, biorobotics, medical physiology, innovative bioengineering technologies (such as 3D bioprinting techniques and bioartifical pancreas devices), and the assessment of the effectiveness of personalized health technologies. Next to participating in TechMed, you are also invited to participate in the four-university 4TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology.

You teach courses within your specialisation area in the master programme in Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society (PSTS).  You also teach courses in bioethics, medical ethics and philosophy of medicine for students in the programmes in technical medicine, biomedical engineering, and/or health sciences, and possibly also introductory courses for bachelor and master programs in science & engineering and social science. You are involved in the supervision of master’s theses in the PSTS programme and will at some point supervise PhD students.

The initial division of tasks is 40% research – 50% teaching – 10% management and administration. After two years, the research allocation is likely to decrease but may be increased again through grant acquisition and/or superior performance in research.

We would like to explore the option of you participating in Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies (https://www.esdt.nl/), a new, prestigious ten-year-long international research programme of seven academic institutions in the Netherlands that will run from January 2020 to December 2029 and has a combined budget of € 27 million.

REQUIREMENTS

  • A PhD in philosophy, preferably with a specialisation in bioethics, philosophy of medicine, applied ethics, or ethics of technology, and a current research specialisation in bioethics or ethics of technology
  • A track record of research on medical technologies or a demonstrable interest in focusing on medical technologies in future research
  • Experience teaching bioethics, medical ethics, and/or applied / professional ethics courses
  • An excellent list of publications in peer-refereed journals
  • Relevant international experience
  • Experience in teaching at the university level, preferably including students in science & engineering, social science, or other non-philosophical fields
  • Demonstrable didactic skills in teaching, good teaching evaluations, and a passion for teaching
  • An ability and willingness to teach in areas of philosophy outside your philosophical specialisation
  • Willingness and ability to engage in multidisciplinary collaborations with researchers and teachers from non-philosophical fields
  • An excellent command of the English language. All master programmes and most bachelor programmes are taught in English, and English is the official language of the university.

We expect that you will move to the Netherlands, to the region where the university is located, or to a region from which a daily commute is feasible.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

We offer an appointment as assistant professor (full-time) for four years, with prospects for a permanent position after two years upon good performance.

The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in which internationalization is an important part of the strategic agenda.

  • Starting salary between € 3,746 to € 5,826 gross per month based on your experience;
  • An additional holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%;
  • A solid pension scheme;
  • Possibilities to save up holidays for sabbatical leave;
  • Minimum of 29 holidays in case of full-time employment;
  • Professional and personal development programmes;
  • A high degree of responsibility and independence, while collaborating with close colleagues, researchers and other university staff is strongly encouraged;
  • International applicants are likely to qualify for a low 30% tax regime for the first five years of their appointment.

The starting date is flexible; we are looking for the best candidates. We prefer a candidate who can start between April 1st and September 1st, 2021

DEPARTMENT

The department (https://www.utwente.nl/en/bms/wijsb/) is internationally leading in the philosophy and ethics of technology. It currently includes twelve tenured and tenure-track staff members, four postdocs, twenty PhD students, and five temporary and part-time faculty members. The department also participates in the interuniversity 4TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology (www.ethicsandtechnology.eu). Both the department and the Centre have a strong international orientation and include members from many different nationalities.

INFORMATION AND APPLICATION

For more information, please contact Prof. dr. Philip Brey (p.a.e.brey@utwente.nl, tel. +31-53-4894426).

Your application should include a CV (which should include the title of your dissertation), a letter of application (including a brief summary of your teaching evaluations), a writing sample, and contact information for 2 or more references and should be sent no later than 14th February 2021. Applications should be uploaded via www.utwente.nl/vacatures/en . Since only three documents can be uploaded per application, please combine documents if needed. Interviews will take place in late June and early July.

ABOUT THE ORGANISATION

The Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences (BMS) aims to play a pivotal role in understanding, co-engineering and evaluating innovation in society. Innovation is driven by advances in technology. By means of ‘social engineering’, we are here to integrate these advances in society. As a people-first tech university, we align these advances with the needs and behaviour of humans. We ensure proper public and private management as well as robust, inclusive and fair organisational structures. The faculty of BMS does this by developing, transferring and applying high-quality knowledge of Psychology, Business Administration, Public Administration, Communication Science, Philosophy, Educational Science, and Health Sciences. Our research and education in these disciplines are challenge-based. The BMS research programmes are directly linked to our research institutes: Mesa+ Institute for Nanotechnology, the TechMed Centre and the Digital Society Institute.
As an employer, the BMS Faculty offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With our Faculty, you will be part of a leading tech university that is changing our world for the better. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial climate, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example, with our flexible, customizable conditions.

University of Twente (UT)

University of Twente (UT) has entered the new decade with an ambitious, new vision, mission and strategy. As ‘the ultimate people-first university of technology’ we are rapidly expanding on our High Tech Human Touch philosophy and the unique role it affords us in society. Everything we do is aimed at the maximum impact on people, society and connections through the sustainable utilisation of science and technology. We want to contribute to the development of a fair, digital and sustainable society through our open, inclusive and entrepreneurial attitude. This attitude permeates everything we do and is present in every one of UT’s departments and faculties. Building on our rich legacy in merging technical and social sciences, we focus on five distinguishing research domains: Improving healthcare by personalised technologies; Creating intelligent manufacturing systems; Shaping our world with smart materials; Engineering our digital society; and Engineering for a resilient world.

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