Doing your Ph.D. with 4TU.Ethics

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Ph.D. members of 4TU Ethics are typically employed by one of the four member universities, the Technical University of Eindhoven, Wageningen University, the University of Twente and the Technical University of Delft. There are however also possibilities to do a Ph.D. without being employed by one of these four universities, as an external student of these four universities or as a student from another university (e.g. Utrecht University, which is part of the ESDT project). In the Netherlands, funded Ph.D. positions involve a proper salary for the duration of 4 years. Ph.D. students are generally hired as part of a project. This means that Ph.D. students work in a research team, together with senior researchers. It is common for Ph.D. students to write their dissertation based on a series of published or publishable articles, but they can also opt for a monograph-based dissertation. Besides writing the dissertation, Ph.D. students in the Netherlands also attain experience in many other parts of academic life. Most Ph.D. students do some teaching, supervision of bachelor or master theses, organizational and managerial tasks, and translation of research to a broader public.
4TU Ethics brings together the field of ethics of technology in the Netherlands, which is a growing, friendly and well-connected community. The center forms the largest group of ethicists of technology in the world. Members from different universities know each other and come together for events like research meetings, seminars and the bi-annual 4TU Ethics conference. Working within 4TU ethics allows for philosophers of technology to work at the heart of technological developments, within a network of technical universities. Inter- and cross-disciplinary work is made accessible, which is something our members appreciate.
Ph.D. students quickly build up a network within the center, which enhances career prospects. 4TU Ethics also has a warm and collegial Ph.D. community. Ph.D. students are represented in the center by representatives from its Ph.D. Council. The Council organizes various social as well as more substantive events, including two Writing Retreats a year where Ph.D. students can write and get coaching on their writing from senior scholars.

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