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Assistant Professor in Philosophy and Ethics (EXPIRED)

Department of Philosophy and Ethics, Eindhoven University of Technology

Job category Junior faculty / Tenure-track or similar
AOS meta-ethics, normative ethics and/or applied ethics
AOS categories Applied Ethics
Biomedical Ethics
Environmental Philosophy
Normative Ethics
Value Theory
AOC Open
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Organization's reference number V39.3857
Location Eindhoven, North Brabant, Netherlands
Start date 15 August 2019
Job description

Job description

The Philosophy and Ethics group at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences of the Eindhoven University of Technology seeks an assistant professor for a full-time, tenure-track position. Candidates will have earned a PhD in philosophy by the date of application and demonstrate evidence of excellence in both teaching and research. The candidate is expected to contribute to teaching to engineering students (BSc and MSc levels). Areas of specialization should be meta-ethics, normative ethics and/or applied ethics, with specific interests in ethical issues related to health and medical technology, or to energy. Fluency in English is required. Since the Department strives for a better gender balance, women are especially encouraged to apply.

Research in the P&E group takes place at the interface between fundamental philosophical issues and real-world problems that arise from the design, implementation, use and regulation of innovative technologies. In terms of philosophical sub-disciplines, we focus on fundamental and applied issues in ethics, philosophy of science and technology, and epistemology. We work on a variety of application areas, such as artificial intelligence, behavior change, diffusion of scientific knowledge and methods, energy, engineering education, health, and models of cultural and technological change.


  • Teaching courses at BSc and MSc levels, for up to 50% of contract time;
  • Doing research in ethics, contributing to the research mission of the P&E group;
  • Contributing actively to the daily business and research climate of the group and the department.

Job requirements

The candidate is expected to have the following qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. degree in philosophy;
  • Excellence in teaching, demonstrated by course evaluations (if available);
  • Excellence in research (AoS: meta-ethics, normative ethics, and/or applied ethics) as shown by publications in international journals or books;
  • Mastery of the English language;
  • Strong cooperation skills and ability to work in a team;
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment; affinity with technology and the engineering sciences.

Conditions of employment

We offer:

  • A challenging job in a dynamic and ambitious university;
  • A temporary appointment for five years in a Tenure Track. The Tenure Track can lead to a permanent appointment with the prospect of becoming associate professor.
  • A gross monthly salary between € 3.637 and € 4.978, based on a full-time appointment and depending on experience and knowledge. The salary is in accordance with scale 11 of the Collective Labour Agreement of the Dutch Universities (cao NU).
  • Enrolment into a program to acquire an official teaching certification from Dutch Universities (Basic Teaching Qualification);
  • Enrolment into a program on Academic Leadership;
  • A yearly holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary;
  • A yearly end year allowance of 8.3% of the yearly salary;
  • A broad package of fringe benefits (including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, day-care, career support for spouses, savings schemes, and excellent sports facilities).

Information and application


Research in the P&E group: www.tue.nl/en/research/research-groups/philosophy-ethics

Department of IE&IS: www.tue.nl/en/university/departments/industrial-engineering-innovation-sciences/the-department 

Eindhoven University of Technology: www.tue.nl

If you need more information about the tasks and requirements for this position please contact the chair of the P&E group, Wybo Houkes: w.n.houkes[at]tue.nl

Information about the terms of employment can be obtained from Kim van Puijenbroek, personnel officer: k.a.g.m.v.puijenbroek[at]tue.nl


Your application must contain the following documents (all in English):

  • Cover letter where you motivate your interest in the vacancy;
  • An extensive curriculum vitae including a publication list and the names and contact information of two persons willing to provide references;
  • Teaching evaluations (if available)
  • A one-page research statement
  • If your degree is not from an English-spoken program, proof of proficiency in English needs to be included in your package (such as IELTS or TOEFL).

If you are interested, we invite you to apply before May 17, 2019. Interviews will be held in early June. Please note that a maximum of 5 documents can be uploaded, so if you have more than 5 documents you will have to combine them. Please do not send us applications by e-mail.

How to apply
Application type Online
Web address to apply https://jobs.tue.nl/en/vacancy/assistant-professor...
Hard deadline May 17, 2019, 11:59pm CET
Web address for more information https://jobs.tue.nl/en/vacancy/assistant-professor...
Contact name Wybo Houkes
Contact email
Time created April 29, 2019, 8:55am EST
Scheduled expiry date May 17, 2019, 11:59pm CET
Expired on May 19, 2019, 12:46am CET
Last updated July 18, 2019, 3:00pm EST
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