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Assistant Professor of Ethics or Political Philosophy of Technology (EXPIRED)

Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Utrecht University

Job category Junior faculty / Tenured, continuing or permanent
AOS Ethics or Political Philosophy of Technology
AOS categories Applied Ethics
Biomedical Ethics
Normative Ethics
Philosophy of Law
Social and Political Philosophy
AOC Open
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Organization's reference number 1203912
Location Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands
Start date 1 August 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.
Job description

We are looking for a new colleague specializing in political philosophy and/or ethics, with particular focus on the issues raised by emerging technologies and their implications for society, human well-being, and the planet. As a successful candidate, your research aims to develop the philosophical concepts and normative theories that can help guide appropriate responses to the broad range of transformations associated with AI, digital, and data-driven technologies (including health technologies and robotics). We invite applications from philosophers who address socio-political phenomena (e.g., mass surveillance, political polarization, working conditions, platform economies) as well as those focused on ethical concerns (e.g., algorithmic bias, moral status of AI, automated decision-making, care robots). Suitability for teaching in our PPE programme is welcome.


We are looking for a colleague who:

  • has teaching and research expertise in the domain of Ethics or Political Philosophy of Technology;
  • holds a completed PhD in Philosophy (or, in exceptional cases, in a closely related field), by the time of appointment;
  • has a vision on, and perhaps experience with, ways to link that domain in teaching and/or research with other knowledge domains, based on an articulated teaching and research philosophy (multi-, inter- or transdisciplinarity);
  • has an open attitude and is able to switch easily within multidisciplinary and interprofessional teams;
  • is interested in team teaching and team science to address social issues.

The candidate appointed to this position will be expected, in due course, to be able to teach in Dutch and English. International candidates will be helped to acquire Dutch language skills in the first two years of their appointment.

Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We therefore welcome staff from a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives, regardless of race, skin colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, origin, disability, neurodiversity or age.

About the organization

Within the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, the academic staff of the Ethics Institute pursues research in a wide range of subfields within practical philosophy, including  social, economic, and political philosophy, applied ethics, ethical theory, aesthetics, and moral psychology. Within Utrecht University, the Ethics Institute also plays a key role in addressing a wide range of societal issues and promoting ethical reflection in research, education, and outreach. The Ethics Institute is also one of the key partners in the inter-university consortium on the Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technology

More information about this position (and the 8 other Philosophy positions currently being advertised), see FAQ Vacancies in Philosophy - Utrecht University


We offer a full-time position (1.0 FTE). Upon positive evaluation during the one-year probationary period, the appointment becomes permanent. The allocation is permanently set to 40% research and 60% teaching. Within the 60% for teaching, there is 10% free space that will not be scheduled. The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience - ranges between €3,974 and €6,181 (scale 11-12 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year.  In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). For more information, please visit working at Utrecht University.

How to apply
Application type Online
Full instructions and the "Apply Now" button can be found on the web page for this position. We would like to receive the following information with your application: (1) your motivation letter; (2) your CV and publication list; (3) a concise research plan showing alignment with the research profile of the department/team (max. 400 words). (4) a concise a teaching statement, outlining your approach to and experience with teaching (max. 400 words); (5) a key publication (max. 20 pages).
Web address to apply https://www.uu.nl/en/organisation/working-at-utrec...
Hard deadline February 26, 2023, 11:59pm CET
Web address for more information https://www.uu.nl/en/organisation/working-at-utrec...
Contact name Joel Anderson
Contact email
Time created January 31, 2023, 4:48pm UTC
Scheduled expiry date February 26, 2023, 11:59pm CET
Expired on February 28, 2023, 12:46am CET
Last updated April 29, 2023, 3:00pm UTC
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The timing is tied to the specific implementation, by the Faculty of Humanities at Utrecht University, of an initiative to increase staffing within higher education in The Netherlands, funded by the Ministry of Education.