Lecturer in Ethics of Technology

2 year teaching position

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 provides for service teaching at all engineering programs of TU Delft, primarily in ethics but also in philosophy of engineering methodology, philosophy of science and in critical thinking for engineering students. 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 an overview of our teaching approach see:

Job description

The Ethics and Philosophy of Technology section is looking for a temporary lecturer in Ethics and Technology for a period of 2 years (with a possibility for contract renewal with 1-2 years, depending on the candidate’s performance and developments concerning demand for our courses). This is a fulltime teaching position. The selected candidate will assist us with delivering and developing our service teaching in ethics and technology for all engineering programs at TU Delft. The candidate is prepared to work in a multidisciplinary environment encompassing engineering sciences, economics, social and behavioural science, and public policy. The candidate has proven skills in teaching and supervising students.


We are looking for applicants with the following qualifications:
• PhD degree in the field of ethics and a specialisation in ethics of technology or related fields in applied ethics. Candidates who also have teaching and/or research experience in critical thinking/engineering methodology are especially urged to apply.
• Strong commitment to contributing to education in ethics of technology;
• Affinity with technology and engineering;
• Experience with teaching students from other disciplines;
• “Basiskwalificatie onderwijs” (university teaching qualification) certificate or a similar certificate or qualification;
• Excellent English skills;
• Fluent in Dutch or readiness to become fluent in Dutch in a short time frame
• Flexibility and readiness to work in teams.

Conditions of employment

The vacancy concerns a temporary full time or parttime position for two years, with an intended starting date of January 1st 2020.
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. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.
Faculty/department Technology, Policy and Management
Level PhD degree
Maximum employment 38 hours per week (1,0 FTE) (working parttime is also an option)
Duration of contract 2 years
Salary scale Min € 2.709,- max € 4.978,- per month gross based on 1.0 FTE

Information and application

For more information about this position, please contact Prof.dr. Sabine Roeser via email: s.roeser@tudelft.nl or dr. Janna van Grunsven J.B.vanGrunsven@tudelft.nl.
To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV, including information about teaching and research experience, and contact details of three references, along with a letter of application by September 16th 2019 to Vacature-TBM@tudelft.nl. When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number ATTBM 19.018.
Interviews with a limited number of applicants will be held at the end of September 2019.

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