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JOB: University of Twente: Assistant Professor in philosophy and ethics of technology

The Department of Philosophy of the University of Twente in the Netherlands is looking for an

Assistant Professor in applied philosophy

with a focus on ‘philosophy and ethics of technology’


The department of philosophy is internationally leading in the philosophy and ethics of technology. It currently includes seven tenured staff members, two tenure trackers, two postdocs, eight PhD students, and several part-time faculty. The department participates in and directs the interuniversity 3TU.Center for Ethics and Technology. Both the department and the Center have a strong international orientation and include members from many different nationalities. The department is currently in need of a faculty member for two years to support its teaching activities and to strengthen its research program.

The Challenge

You teach (0.8 fte) applied philosophy with a focus on philosophy and ethics of technology for bachelor and master programs in engineering and social science. You will also teach philosophy and ethics courses in the master program Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society (PSTS). Courses may include a selection of the following, depending on your strengths and preferences: philosophy of technology, human-technology relations for engineers, philosophy of design, argumentation theory and logic, professional ethics for engineers, business ethics, ethics of medical technology, computer ethics, ethics of new media, technology and social responsibility, and others. Some courses will be co-taught with other teachers. You perform research (0.2 fte) in the area of philosophy and/or ethics of technology, with a focus on the role of technology in society. Your research will be embedded in the department’s research program.


You are appointed as an Assistant professor (full-time) for a two-year period with an emphasis on teaching (starting date: August 1, 2015; ending date: August 1, 2017). The starting date is August 1 (negotiable).

The gross monthly salary ranges from € 3.324,- up to € 4.551,- gross per month (based on experience) in accordance with the job profile for a “Universitair Docent-2”, under the University System for Job Classification (UJC). In addition, the University of Twente offers attractive employment conditions (for example, 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of-year bonus) and excellent facilities for professional and personal development.

Your profile

You hold a Ph.D. in philosophy, preferably with a specialization in (applied) ethics, philosophical anthropology or social/political philosophy, and an interest in technology and technological developments.

You have experience in teaching at a university level, preferably including students in science & engineering, social science, or other non-philosophical fields, and preferably including professional and/or applied philosophy or ethics. 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 have either had a focus on technology in your past research or you have a demonstrable interest in focusing on technology for your future research. You have published in peer-refereed journals, and have relevant international experience.

You have a strong command of the English language. All master programs at the University of Twente are taught in English, and English is the official language at departmental meetings. Bachelor teaching is often in Dutch, but in almost all cases teaching in English is allowed.

Information and application

For more information, please contact prof.dr. Peter-Paul Verbeek (e-mail:; phone: +31-53-489 4460) or prof.dr. Philip Brey (; phone: +31-53-4894426). Your application should reach us by May 22 2015, and should include a CV, a letter of application (including a summary description of your teaching evaluations), a summary and table of contents of your dissertation (or your full dissertation), a relevant research publication, and contact information for 2 or more references. Interviews will ideally be held between June 1 and June 5 depending on availability of selected candidates. Skype interviews are a possibility. Applications should be uploaded via

About the university and region

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.

The city of Enschede, in the east of the Netherlands, 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 also close to London, Paris and Berlin.

Johnny Hartz Søraker (dr.)
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Philosophy, University of Twente

Office phone:  +31 (0)53 489 5603

Mobile:           +31 (0)6 4705 9544

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