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Assistant Professor in Ethics (EXPIRED)

Department of Philosophy, University of Twente

Job category Faculty (open rank) / Fixed term
AOS Ethics or Social / political philosophy
AOS categories Applied Ethics
Social and Political Philosophy
AOC Open
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Location Enschede, Overijssel, Netherlands
Job description

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

Assistant Professor in Ethics



The department of philosophy is internationally leading in the philosophy and ethics of technology. It currently includes seven tenured staff members, two postdocs, six 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 one-year faculty member to support its teaching activities and to strengthen its research program.


The Challenge

You teach professional and applied ethics and other areas of philosophy for bachelor and master programs in engineering and social science and ethics and/or political philosophy in the master program in Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society (PSTS). Courses may include a selection of the following: professional ethics for engineers, intro ethics, business ethics, ethics for governance students, ethics for technical medicine, computer ethics, philosophy and ethics of psychology, intro philosophy, ethics & technology for PSTS, and others. Some courses will be co-taught with other teachers.

You perform research in the area of ethics and or social/political philosophy, with a focus on the role of technology in society. Your research will be embedded in the department’s research program (specifically, the research line in ethics of technology headed by Prof. dr. Philip Brey) as well as in the 3TU.Center of Excellence for Ethics and Technology (www.ethicsandtechnology.eu), a joint center of the departments of philosophy of the University of Twente, Delft University of Technology and Eindhoven University of Technology which currently counts about fifty-five members, including fifteen PhD students.



You are appointed as an Assistant professor (full-time) for approximately a one-year period (starting date: August 15 (preferred) or later, ending date: August 1 or 15, 2013).

Salary is competitive; Assistant professor salary is € 44,590 – € 69,360 per year, depending on experience. The ideal starting date is August 15, but given the short time at hand, we will seriously consider candidates who are not available until September or (mid) October. The University of Twente has excellent terms of employment.

Your profile

You hold a Ph.D. in philosophy, preferably with a specialization in ethics or social / political philosophy.

You 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. 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 already have a strong list of publications 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 mostly in Dutch, but in almost all cases teaching in English is allowed.


Information and application

For more information, please contact Prof. dr. Philip Brey, full professor in philosophy of technology (e-mail: p.a.e.brey[at]utwente.nl; phone: +31-53-4894426).

Your application should reach us by July 6th, 2013, 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 July 10-12, depending on availability of selected candidates. Skype interviews are a possibility. Applicationsshould be uploaded via www.utwente.nl/vacatures/en.

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 9,000 students. 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 also close to London, Paris and Berlin.

How to apply
Application type Unknown (see text above)
Hard deadline July 6, 2013, 7:59pm CET
Web address for more information http://www.utwente.nl/vacatures/en
Contact name Prof. dr. Philip Brey
Contact email
Time created June 13, 2013, 6:14pm UTC
Scheduled expiry date July 6, 2013, 7:59pm CET
Expired on July 6, 2013, 7:59pm CET
Last updated June 11, 2015, 2:16pm UTC
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