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Posted on February 15, 2022

Vacancy: Assistant professor in Environmental Ethics

The Philosophy Section of the University of Twente in the Netherlands is looking for an Assistant professor in Environmental Ethics (full-time, with prospects of permanent position upon good performance) with a (future) research interest in technology and its role in society

The philosophy section is internationally leading in the philosophy and ethics of technology. It currently includes nineteen tenured and tenure-track staff members, five postdocs, sixteen PhD students, and six temporary and part-time faculty members. The department also participates in the interuniversity 4TU.Center for Ethics and Technology as a founding member. Both the department and the Center have a strong international orientation and include members from many different nationalities.

The Challenge

You teach ethics in our two-year master program in Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society (PSTS) and courses for bachelor and master programs in science, engineering and social science – including courses in engineering ethics and/or research ethics. You are involved in the supervision of master’s theses in the PSTS program and will at some point supervise PhD students in the department’s PhD program in Ethics and Technology.

You perform research in environmental ethics, with particular attention to the role of technology in society. Your research will be embedded in the section’s research program as well as in the four-university 4TU.Center of Excellence for Ethics and Technology (4TU.Ethics,

Candidates will find collaborative opportunities with the section of Governance and Technology for Sustainability, the Centre for Energy Innovation (, the interdisciplinary research line in Resilience (, amongst others.

We expect you to apply for external funding and to engage in international and interdisciplinary research collaboration.


You are appointed as assistant professor (full-time) for an initial period of one year, with 40% research time and 60% teaching and administration. After the one-year period, you are eligible for a permanent appointment. Salary is competitive. Initial assistant professor salary is between €3.807,- and €5.922,- per month, depending on experience. On top of the annual salary you receive 8% vacation bonus and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. Non-European Union candidates usually qualify for a low 30% tax rate for their first five years of appointment.

Preferred starting date is August 1st or September 1st, 2022. The University of Twente has excellent terms of employment.

Your profile

You hold a Ph.D. in philosophy, preferably with a specialization in environmental philosophy. You have either had a focus on the role of technology in your past research or you have a demonstrable interest in focusing on technology in your future research. You have publications in peer-refereed journals and have relevant international experience.

You also have experience in teaching at the university level, preferably including students in science & engineering, social science, or other nonphilosophical fields. You have good didactic skills, good teaching evaluations, and a passion for teaching.

You have an excellent command of the English language. All master programs and many bachelor programs at the University of Twente are taught in English, and English is the official language at departmental meetings, and you will not be required to learn Dutch. You are prepared to move to the Netherlands, to the region where the University of Twente is located.

About the university and region

The University of Twente (UT) is a research university with a strong international orientation and a focus on science & engineering and social and behavioral sciences. It includes more than 3,300 faculty and staff and 10,000 students. Its motto “high tech, human touch” expresses the aim of combining research in engineering with social and behavioral sciences. The UT is a campus university, located in the city of Enschede, in the east of the Netherlands. Enschede is a lively city of 150,000, located in beautiful countryside and near spectacular nature areas. It is only two hours away from major European cities like Amsterdam, Cologne and Düsseldorf, three hours from Brussels and less than six hours by land (or one hour by air) from Berlin, Paris and London.

Diversity policy

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our university. We are committed to enhancing and sustaining diversity in the composition of our staff. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Information and application

For more information, please contact Prof. dr. Philip Brey, full professor (e-mail: ; phone: +31-53-4894426).

Your application should include a CV (which should include the title of your dissertation and a short description of its contents), a letter of application (including a summary of your teaching evaluations), a writing sample, and contact information for 2 or more references and should be sent no later than March 9th, 2022. Applications should be uploaded via Since only three documents can be uploaded per application, please combine documents if needed.

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