Job offer – Philosophy PhD student

Delft University of Technology is a multifaceted institution offering education and carrying out research within the technical sciences at an internationally recognised level. Education, research and designs are strongly oriented towards applicability. TU Delft develops technologies for future generations, focusing on sustainability, safety and economic vitality. At TU Delft we work in an environment where technical sciences and society converge. TU Delft comprises 8 faculties, a supporting University Corporate Office, unique laboratories, research institutes and schools.

Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management
The TPM faculty carries out research and teaching at the interface between technology and management. We educate our students to become engineers who combine the knowledge of technology with well-developed management skills for companies or administrations. The issues we study are socially relevant and require a multidisciplinary approach. We are design-oriented and make an important contribution to the resolution of socio-technical issues. We have extensive networks within science and practice, and are internationally orientated.

Engineering and Reflection department, Philosophy section
The Philosophy section provides teaching and research in the field of technical philosophy. Research and education are focused on the philosophical implications of new technology and its impact on society. Themes within the section are: ethics and technology, and the philosophical and methodological aspects of technology. Research will be accommodated within the 3TU Centre for Ethics and Technology, in which the section participates. This Centre is one of six Centres of Excellence of the three universities of technology in the Netherlands (Delft, Eindhoven and Twente). The Centre’s mission is to carry out high-quality research into ethics and technology. For further information please see

The Philosophy section has a vacancy for a male or female PhD student for the Responsibility distributions in actual R&D networks project

Project and job description
The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) project Moral responsibility in R&D networks has a sectional project, Responsibility distributions in actual R&D networks. In technical R&D networks it is often unclear who is morally responsible for preventing negative social effects. Within the NWO project a notion of moral responsibility and an approach are developed to assist in preventing gaps in the allocation of responsibility. The doctoral project focuses primarily on empirical research into the distribution of responsibility in R&D networks. A complete description of the project can be requested, or is available on the website

The successful candidate will work with the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management in the Philosophy section.

He or she will carry out doctoral research which will lead to a dissertation, and will also produce the relevant publications. Within the NWO moral responsibility in R&D networks project, there will be close cooperation with two Post-docs to be recruited.

The candidate must have graduated in philosophy, technology or a relevant socio-scientific discipline. He or she will have demonstrable interest in applied ethics and in technology. It is recommended that the candidate has had experience in carrying out empirical research.

Delft University of Technology is a bilingual organisation; good command of both written and spoken English is a prerequisite.

Conditions of employment

The extent of this position is a maximum of 38 hours per week (1 FTE). Initially it will be a contract for a year, with the intention when suitability has been demonstrated, of converting the contract after a year into temporary appointment for the duration of your graduation trajectory, of a maximum of 4 years in total. In the first year the salary will be € 1,933 gross per month, rising to € 2,472 gross per month in the fourth year for a full working week. The appointee will be expected to conclude research at the end of the fourth year with the production of a dissertation. The salary and employment conditions are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. Delft University of Technology also has an attractive package of secondary benefits, such as a flexible working week, a free ADSL connection at home and the opportunity to put together an individual remuneration package via the Individual Terms and Conditions of Employment Options (IKA in its Dutch acronym).

TU Delft strives to increase the number of women in higher academic positions; women are thus especially encouraged to apply.

Information and application
For further information about this position please contact Ibo van de Poel, tel. 015-27 84716, e-mail:

You may submit your letter of application with a CV until April 11, 2007 at the latest, to the TPM faculty, HR office, attn. Mirjam Koning, PO Box 2600 GA Delft, the Netherlands; or apply online:

When applying for this job always mention the vacancy number: 07.012

For more information about Delft University of Technology, please visit

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