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Post-Doc Position in Philosophy of AI / Science / Epistemology (3 years) (EXPIRED)

Department of Philosophy and Ethics, Eindhoven University of Technology

Job category Postdoc or similar / Fixed term
AOS Philosophy of Science, Epistemology, Philosophy of Technology and/or Philosophy of AI
AOS categories Epistemology
Philosophy of Science
Applied Ethics
AOC Philosophy of Cognitive science, Philosophy of Technology, Philosophy of AI and/or Ethics
AOC categories Epistemology
Philosophy of Language
Philosophy of Science
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Organization's reference number V39.4853
Location Eindhoven, North Brabant, Netherlands
Start date Between May and September 2021
Job description

Eindhoven University of Technology is offering a 3-year, full-time post-doc position in the Philosophy and Ethics department (Faculty of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences) at on the general theme of “Opacity in Artificial Intelligence”. The successful applicant will join a strong team of philosophers who work on AI, in a group that focuses on technology, science and applied ethics.

Outline of the project

In recent years, philosophers have shown an increasing interest in AI. One set of philosophical questions is due to the fact that AI systems often produce an output where it is not clear why this output was produced; the system is ‘opaque’ (non-transparent) to the subjects, users, and even to the makers of the system. This raises a large number of pressing research questions, including:

1) What, exactly, is opacity in AI? 2) What is the impact of opacity and what is its ethical relevance? 3) Should the impact of opacity be reduced? 4) Can the impact of opacity be reduced, e.g. through “explainable AI”? 5) Can we have data protection or unbiased systems if they are opaque? We welcome research projects on these or related issues.

The post-doc will work with Professor Vincent C. Müller and Assistant Professor Emily Sullivan; they will be part of a strong research group on the philosophy of AI and the philosophy of technology, generally. The Philosophy & Ethics department has recently hired four Assistant Professors and is advertising 3 PhD positions on similar themes together with this post-doc position. Our working language is English.

Research Environment

The Philosophy & Ethics department at TU/e is a vibrant international community, consisting of around 30 members with research interests ranging from philosophy of science and technology to ethics and the philosophy of AI. We have strong cooperation with other departments and the new Eindhoven Artificial intelligence Systems Institute (EAISI).
The Post-doc will also be affiliated with the new center for AI and Philosophy at TU/e.  

TU/e is part of the 4TU Ethics consortium, where we cooperate closely on research and education of students (TU/e, Delft, Twente, Wageningen). We are part of the Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies (ESDT) research program of seven academic institutions in the Netherlands, funded for 10 years with a combined budget of 27M€.  

Your Profile

PhD thesis finished (normally degree in hand), and a proven background in philosophy of language, logic, philosophy of science, epistemology, or conceptual history of philosophy - plus demonstrable affinity with cognitive science and ethics.

TU/e is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome candidates with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. As we aim to increase the diversity in our Department, we especially encourage candidates from underrepresented groups to apply.

Conditions of Employment 

  • We offer you a three-year fulltime Post-Doc position. Intended starting date is May 1 to September 1, 2021. The position is for 80% research and 20% teaching.
  • You will have free access to high-quality training programs on general skills, didactics and topics related to research and valorization.
  • A gross monthly salary (€ 3.255,-  / € 4.274,- per month) and benefits in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities.
  • Additionally, an annual holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary, plus a year-end allowance of 8.3% of the annual salary, adding up to roughly 14 salaries/year.
  • The position comes with full social security benefits and a broad package of fringe benefits (including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, and savings schemes).
  • International applicants are likely to qualify for a 30% tax-free regime for the first five years of their appointment in the Netherlands.
  • Family-friendly initiatives are in place, such as an international spouse program, and excellent on-campus children day care and sports facilities.


Your application should contain the following documents:

  • Brief letter of motivation explaining your interest in the position and your qualifications for it
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Writing sample
  • Research statement (ca. 1 page)
  • Names and contact information of two persons willing to provide references

We invite applications before 22 March 2021. Interviews will be held shortly thereafter.

To apply please use the “apply now” button. Please note that all application materials need to be combined into a single document prior to uploading. Please do not send us your application by

More information

Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more? Please contact
Emily Sullivan, e.e.sullivan[at]tue.nl or Vincent C. Müller, v.c.muller[at]tue.nl.

For more information on Philosophy & Ethics Department see https://www.tue.nl/en/research/research-groups/innovation-sciences/philosophy-ethics/
For more information on the Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences see https://www.tue.nl/en/our-university/departments/industrial-engineering-innovation-sciences/

For information about the terms of employment see here or contact HR advisor
Kim van Puijenbroek, pz.ieis[at]tue.nl.

Please visit www.tue.nl/jobs to find out more about working at TU/e!

How to apply
Application type Online
Web address to apply https://jobs.tue.nl/en/vacancy/postdoc-position-%E...
Hard deadline March 22, 2021, 7:59pm CET
Web address for more information https://jobs.tue.nl/en/vacancy/postdoc-position-%E...
Contact name Vincent C. Müller; Emily Sullivan
Contact email
Time created February 19, 2021, 5:20pm UTC
Scheduled expiry date March 22, 2021, 7:59pm CET
Expired on March 23, 2021, 8:46pm CET
Last updated June 2, 2021, 3:00pm UTC
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