For the multi-university, ten-year international research programme “Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies”

 About the Research Programme
“Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies” (Esdit) is an international research programme of seven academic institutions in the Netherlands. It has a combined budget of € 27 million, and is funded by the Ministry for Education, Culture and Science and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (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 programme has the aim of achieving breakthrough research in at the intersection of ethics, philosophy and technology / engineering and to position its consortium at the top of its field internationally. The consortium, counting over sixty researcher, consists of internationally well-known ethicists, philosophers, engineers and social scientists. The programme 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”.

The Challenge
You are responsible for the external communication of the Esdit programme, and also have a role in the internal communication. You carry out these tasks in consultation with the programme manager, Melanie Braamhaar, the programme leader, prof. dr. Philip Brey and the vice leader, prof. dr. Sabine Roeser. You implement policies outlined by the Daily Board (which, besides yourself, includes Braamhaar, Brey, Roeser, a financial controller and a programme secretary) and the Management Board (the central strategic board, consisting of nine professors). Tasks include the following:

  • Developing and periodically updating the communication strategy for the research programme, together with the programme manager and researchers in the programme.
  • Writing and editing news items, feature articles and other texts for various audiences and media concerning the relationship between technology, society, philosophy and ethics.
  • Creating an original representation of the consortium on social media, using the latest techniques and software.
  • Exploring and utilizing new tools (also for visual communication) and ideas to communicate messages to various audiences and in collaboration with stakeholders.
  • Contributing to the communication aspects of the valorization strategy and activities of the programme.
  • Coordinating the external communication activities of researchers in the consortium


The ESDiT consortium is looking for someone who communicates clearly, can write promotional texts and has experience in maintaining websites and social media.  A professional who can creatively translate scientific findings to various audiences.  Someone who is enthusiastic and has the ability to engage various stakeholders within and outside the research consortium and bring diverse viewpoints together.  Specific requirements are:

  • At least two years of experience as a communication professional.
  • A special affinity with science and technology and its implications for society, and an interest in or orientation towards science communication and/or journalism.
  • Excellent ability to write texts for various types of audiences and media, and are also proficient, to a more limited extent, at visual design.
  • An ability to communicate effectively in English. (An ability to communicate in Dutch, or willingness to learn, is a plus.)

Starting date between March 1st and May 1st, 2022 (negotiable).


We offer a part-time position of 16 hours per week for a three-year period.  After three years, there will be an evaluation on effectiveness and suitability within the project. When positive, it can become a permanent position. We expect the candidate to be in the office at the UT in Enschede one day per week.

Salary between € 2836,- to € 3548,-  gross per month based on your experience (scale 10).  We also offer excellent employment benefits, including an 8.3% end-of-year bonus and 8% holiday pay on top of the annual income.


A full programme plan, including details about organizational structure and policies, can be requested from Seeta Autar at . See also the programme website:  For questions about the vacancy, please contact Melanie Braamhaar, programme manager ().

Your application, including curriculum vitae, can be uploaded until January 17th (23.59 PM CEST).


Philosophy section. This position will be embedded within the philosophy section of the University of Twente.  For further information, visit


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 is 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.

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 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.

As an employer, University of Twente offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With us, 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, customisable conditions.

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