Assistant Professor of Ethics of Technology (Tenure Track)

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 program 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. We are currently redesigning our teaching activities to provide more thematic ethics courses that are open to students from a variety of engineering programs. For more information on our unique teaching approach, see:

Job description

The Ethics and Philosophy of Technology section is looking for an Assistant Professor (tenure track) of Ethics and Technology. We have recently been awarded a large Gravitation Grant together with other Dutch universities, on the Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies. The candidate will play an important role on this program.

The position will consist for ca 40% of research, 10% management and 50% teaching. The candidate will contribute to and has proven skills in teaching and coaching Bachelor and Master students. The candidate is well equipped for managerial tasks. 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 will develop an own research line in ethics and philosophy of technology, which should contribute to our departmental research theme ‘responsible innovation’.

For the first (almost) ten years of the appointment, the candidate will perform research primarily within the Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies Gravitation program, a new ten year long international research program of seven universities in the Netherlands that has started in January 2020. This program has a combined budget of € 27 million, and is funded by the Dutch Research Council NWO, in the Gravitation funding scheme for excellent research, and by matching funds from the participating institutions. The duration is from January 2020 to December 2029. The program has the aim of achieving breakthrough research at the intersection of ethics, philosophy, technology / engineering and social sciences. The program includes four research lines, “Nature, life and human intervention”, “The future of a free and fair society”, “The human condition” and “Synthesis: Ethics of Technology, Practical Philosophy, and Modern Technology-Driven Societies”. Please note that our partner universities will be advertising other positions in this program and that you can apply for several at once.

The candidate is expected to develop an own research line within the Gravitation program. The candidate will contribute significantly to the Gravitation program, also by collaborating with the other research partners and specifically with the tenure trackers that will be hired at the other participating universities as part of this program.

After the Gravitation program ends, the research of the candidate will remain embedded in the research program of the Ethics and Philosophy of Technology Section of TU Delft.

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;
  • Track record 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;
  • Possession of UTQ degree (university teaching qualification) or willingness to obtain this degree;
  • Excellent English skills;
  • Proficiency of Dutch or willingness to acquire it
  • Flexibility and readiness to work in teams.

Next to these requirements, expertise in the following areas would be favourable:

  • Expertise in non-Western approaches to ethics
  • Expertise in another relevant discipline (engineering, natural or social sciences etc)
  • Primary expertise and interest in the Gravitation research lines “The future of a free and fair society” and/or the “Synthesis”-line.

We aim to increase the diversity in our Section and field, so we especially encourage candidates from underrepresented groups to apply.

Conditions of employment

At the start of the tenure-track you will be appointed as Assistant Professor for the duration of six years. Section leader, department leader and you will agree upon expected performance and (soft) skills. You will receive formal feedback on performance and skills during annual assessment meetings and the mid-term evaluation. If the performance and skills are evaluated positively at the end of the tenure track, you will be appointed in a permanent Assistant Professor 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 Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities.

TU Delft sets specific standards for the English competency of the teaching staff.

Inspiring, excellent education is a central aim at TU Delft. 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.dr. Sabine 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 your published academic work that is relevant for the position by March 2nd 2020 to ms. Anita van Vianen (HR), . When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number ATTBM 20.002. Interviews with selected candidates will presumably take place in March 2020.

Faculty/department Technology, Policy and Management
Level PhD degree
Maximum employment 38 hours per week (1 FTE)
Duration of contract Tenure track
Salary scale €3,637 to €5,656 per month gross

Intended starting date: asap (Summer 2020)

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