Job offer – Philosophy Post-doc

Delft University of Technology is a multifaceted institution offering education and carrying out research within the technical sciences at an internationally recognised level. Education, research and designs are strongly oriented towards applicability. TU Delft develops technologies for future generations, focusing on sustainability, safety and economic vitality. At TU Delft we work in an environment where technical sciences and society converge. TU Delft comprises 8 faculties, a supporting University Corporate Office, unique laboratories, research institutes and schools.

Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management
The TPM faculty carries out research and teaching at the interface between technology and management. We educate our students to become engineers who combine the knowledge of technology with well-developed management skills for companies or administrations. The issues we study are socially relevant and require a multidisciplinary approach. We are design-oriented and make an important contribution to the resolution of socio-technical issues. We have extensive networks within science and practice, and are internationally orientated.

Engineering and Reflection department, Philosophy section
The Philosophy section provides teaching and research in the field of technical philosophy. Research and education are focused on the philosophical implications of new technology and its impact on society. Themes within the section are: ethics and technology, and the philosophical and methodological aspects of technology. Research will be accommodated within the 3TU Centre for Ethics and Technology, in which the section participates. This Centre is one of six Centres of Excellence of the three universities of technology in the Netherlands (Delft, Eindhoven and Twente). The Centre’s mission is to carry out high-quality research into ethics and technology. For further information please see

The Philosophy section has a vacancy for a male or female Post-doc for the Conceptual and moral analysis of responsibility project.

Project and job description
The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) project Moral responsibility in R&D networks has a sectional project, Conceptual and moral analysis of responsibility. In technical research networks it is often unclear who is morally responsible for preventing negative social effects. Within the NWO project a notion of moral responsibility and an approach are developed to assist in preventing gaps in the allocation of responsibility. Central to the Post-doc project is the conceptual and moral analysis of the responsibility concept, with an eye to developing a notion of responsibility which is morally justifiable and which leads to a complete distribution of responsibility in technical research networks. A complete description of the project can be requested, or is available on the website

The successful candidate will work with the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management in the Philosophy section. He or she will be responsible for carrying out research and producing the relevant publications. Within the NWO moral responsibility in R&D networks project, there will be close cooperation with another Post-doc and a PhD student to be recruited.

Applicants must have graduated in philosophy. They must have a demonstrable interest in applied ethics and technology. It is also recommended that candidates have had experience in carrying out research in philosophy of technology, applied ethics or philosophy of mind. It must be obvious from earlier publications that candidates possess good analytical and philosophical skills. Finally we are seeking a Post-doc who would like to work in a team. Delft University of Technology is a bilingual organisation; good command of both written and spoken English is a prerequisite.

Conditions of employment
The extent of this position is a maximum of 32 hours per week (0.8 FTE). The position has a temporary employment basis of three years. The estimated starting salary is based on scale 10, with a maximum of € 3,554 per month gross (based on a full-time appointment and depending on experience). Delft University of Technology also has an attractive package of secondary benefits, such as a flexible working week, a free ADSL connection at home and the opportunity to put together an individual remuneration package via the Individual Terms and Conditions of Employment Options (IKA in its Dutch acronym). The salary and employment conditions are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

TU Delft strives to increase the number of women in higher academic positions; women are thus especially encouraged to apply.

Information and application
For further information about this position please contact Ibo van de Poel, tel. 015-27 84716, e-mail:

You may submit your letter of application with a CV until April 10, 2007 at the latest, to the TPM Faculty, HR office, attn. Mirjam Koning, PO Box 5015, 2600 GA Delft, the Netherlands; or apply online:

When applying for this job always mention the vacancy number: 07.011

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