Temporary Position – Lecturer in Ethics of Technology (1st February – 30th June 2018)

Technology, Policy and Management

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 value-sensitive design.

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 centre of excellence and the 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 programme 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 programmes. In the coming years we will redesign our teaching activities to provide more thematic ethics courses that are open to students from a variety of engineering programmes.

Job description

The Ethics and Philosophy of Technology section is looking for a temporary lecturer in Ethics and Technology for a period of 5 months, to assist us with 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 coaching Bachelor and Master students.

The vacancy concerns a temporary position for five months, with an intended starting date of February 1st 2018.


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;
• Strong track record in the field of ethics;
• Strong commitment to contributing to teaching in the field of ethics of technology; and affinity with technology and engineering;
• International experience;
• Experience with and affinity for teaching and coordinating educational activities;
• Excellent English skills; and
• Flexibility and readiness to work in teams.

Faculty/department: Technology, Policy and Management
Level: PhD degree
Maximum employment: 30-38 hours per week (0.6-1.0 FTE)
Duration of contract: 5 months
Salary scale: €2,532 to €4,654 per month gross

Information and application

For more information about this position, please contact Prof.dr. Sabine Roeser via email: s.roeser@tudelft.nl .

To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV, including information about teaching experience, and contact details of three references, along with a letter of application by 5 December 2017 to Vacature-TBM@tudelft.nl .
When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number ATTBM 17.028.

Interviews with a limited number of applicants will probably be held on 13th December 2017.

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