3 Ph.D Positions for “Design for Changing Values: A Theory of Value Change in Sociotechnical Systems (The Netherlands) Deadline: Nov. 13, 2019

Delft University of Technology

Application Deadline

November 13, 2018

Program Commencement

Duration of the Program

4 Years

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Program Details

Delft University of Technology, also known as TU Delft, is the largest and oldest Dutch public technological university, located in Delft, Netherlands. It counts as one of the best universities for engineering and technology worldwide.

The University offers three positions for PhD students as part of the research project ‘Design for changing values: a theory of value change in sociotechnical systems’. The 3 PhD positions will be supervised by Prof. Dr. Ibo van de Poel. The project aims at better understanding how moral values may change as a result of technological development and how we can better deal with such changing values in the design of new technology. A complete description of the project can be requested.

Each of the PhD positions focuses on one of the following more specific topics:

  • Changing values and the design of energy systems
  • Design for value change in robot systems and artificial intelligence
  • Design strategies for value change in sociotechnical systems

Each of the projects involves empirical as well philosophical investigations into the phenomenon of value change and its implications for the design of sociotechnical systems. The first two projects focus on value change in a more specific domain (energy systems and artificial intelligence). The third project focuses on developing design strategies that better allow to deal with value change.

The candidate will carry out doctoral research which will lead to a dissertation, and will also produce relevant publications. S/he will participate in the Graduate School of TU Delft and in the PhD program of the 4TU Center for Ethics and Technology. The candidate will also be involved in the teaching activities of the department.

As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment, an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor, and a Doctoral Education Program aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Click for more information.

Eligibility/ Requirements

Applicants must have:

  • A master degree in philosophy, engineering or a relevant socio-scientific discipline, like STS (science and technology studies).
  • A demonstrable interest in applied ethics and in technology.
  • Experience in carrying out empirical research and knowledge of the relevant technological domain studied in the PhD project (desirable)
  • Good analytical and reasoning skills, as demonstrated by, for example, a master thesis.
  • Willingness and ability to work in an interdisciplinary team.
  • Ability to present his or her ideas clearly also to people with another disciplinary background.
  • Openness to criticism
  • Productive and dedicated
  • Good command of both written and spoken English.

TU Delft offers a customizable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Center offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary (2266 – 2897 euros monthly-full-time basis) and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Application Process

To apply, please e-mail the following:

  • a detailed letter of application
  • a curriculum vitae
  • the names and contact information of references.

Please indicate in which position(s) you are interested; you can indicate more than one position.

When applying, please refer to vacancy number ATTBM 18.022

For information about this vacancy, please write to Ibo van de Poel. Tel: +31 15 278 4716

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