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Assistant Professor in Philosophy with a (future) specialization in ethics or political philosophy of technology and its role in society


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38.0 hours per week
€ 3427 - € 4272
University of Twente (UT)

Job description

You teach in the master program in Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society (PSTS;, with an emphasis on teaching in ethics and/or political philosophy, and you teach philosophy courses for bachelor and master programs in engineering and social science. These will include courses in professional and applied ethics as well as other philosophical subjects, for example, depending on your competencies, philosophy of science, philosophy of technology, or philosophy of mind. You are involved in the supervision of master’s theses in the PSTS program.
You perform research in the area of ethics and/or political philosophy, with a focus on technology and its role in society. We are open to all specialties within this scope. Your research will be embedded in the department’s research program as well as in the 4TU.Center of Excellence for Ethics and Technology (, a joint center of the departments of philosophy of the University of Twente, Delft University of Technology, Eindhoven University of Technology and Wageningen University which currently counts over sixty members, including twenty-four PhD students.


You hold a Ph.D. in philosophy, preferably with a specialization in ethics or political philosophy. You have either had a focus on technology in your past research or you have a demonstrable interest in focusing on technology and it implications for society for your future research. You already have an excellent list of publications in peer-refereed journals, and have relevant international experience. We welcome candidates with a focus on any technology.

You also have experience in teaching at the university level, preferably including students in science & engineering, social science, or other nonphilosophical fields, and preferably including professional and/or applied ethics/political philosophy. You have demonstrable didactic skills in teaching, good teaching evaluations, and a passion for teaching. You are able and willing to teach in areas of philosophy outside your philosophical specialization, both in philosophy at large and in the philosophy and ethics of technology. You are willing and able to collaborate with researchers and teachers from nonphilosophical disciplines.

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 in the near future, all bachelor programs will be taught in English. English is the official language at departmental meetings. You are prepared to move to the Netherlands, to the region where the University of Twente is located.

Job application

Your application should include the following documents:
  • a cover letter which explains your interest in the position and your qualifications for it;
  • a curriculum vitae which includes the name and e-mail address/telephone number for at least two references. Please give a brief summary of your teaching evaluations in your CV or in a separate note (courses taught and evaluation received) -nclusion of full teaching evaluations is optional at this stage;
  • a writing sample (preferably a published article related to the position);
  • either a summary and table of contents of your dissertation or the entire dissertation.
Applications (including curriculum vitae, list of publications) should be uploaded via > vacancies > current vacancies. The application deadline is May 3rd , 2017. Interviews will be held in early May. Since only three documents can be uploaded per application, please combine documents if needed.

Further information:

Location: This position is based at the Department of Philosophy, University of Twente
Contact: prof.dr. Philip Brey (chair "Ethics of Technology") T: +31 (0)53 489 4426 ( or prof.dr. Ciano Aydin (Head of the Department) T: +31 (0)53 4893391 (

We are simultaneously advertising a position for Assistant Professor in ethics or political philosophy with (future) emphasis on information technology and the information society, for 2 years with prospects of a permanent position (closing date: April 26th). We intend to fill that position earlier than this one, and applying for both positions will not bring you a disadvantage.

Conditions of employment

You are appointed as assistant professor (full-time), for a period of at least two years (with a possible extension of another year). The position is 40% research. The department and faculty support excellence and growth in research and teaching.

Salary is competitive. Initial assistant professor salary is € 3.427,- - € 4.272,- per month, depending on experience. Employees are also entitled to a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus. Annual salary is € 47.827,- - € 59.620,-.

Starting date is September 1st, 2017 (later or earlier date negotiable; we opt for the best candidate). We offer excellent auxiliary terms of employment, such as professional and personal development programs; a secondary remuneration package; a dynamic environment with enthusiastic colleagues; an organization focusing on internationalization and a high degree of responsibility and independence.


The University of Twente.We stand for science and technology, high tech, human touch, education and research that matter. New technology which drives change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university in the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programs. The University of Twente has a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out pioneering research. The Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences strives to hold a leading position in their fields in relation to the science and technology research programs of the University of Twente. In all these fields, the faculty provides bachelor, master and professional development programs.

Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences The Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences (BMS) strives to play a pivotal role in understanding, co-engineering and evaluating innovation in society. Innovation is driven by advances in technology. Through 'social engineering' these technological advances are embedded in society befitting human needs and behaviour, within proper public and private management and business structures. For this the faculty of BMS upholds high quality disciplinary knowledge in psychology, business administration, public administration, communication science, philosophy, educational science and health sciences. All with a focus on the challenges in society. Research is strongly connected to our Institutes on Governance (IGS), ICT (CTIT), Health (MIRA) and Nanotechnology (MESA+).

Bewerbungsschluss: 03.05.2017
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