Two Postdoc Positions in Digitalization and Health (The Netherlands) Deadline: Jan. 27, 2019

Radboud University, The Netherlands

Application Deadline

January 27, 2019

Program Commencement

May 01, 2019

Duration of the Program

(Upto) 4 Years

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Program Details

Radboud University located in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, is a public university with a strong focus on research. The University contributes to the development of new perspectives within science and within society. 

The Radboud Interdisciplinary Hub for Privacy, Security and Data Ethics (iHub) at Radboud University is seeking two postdoctoral fellows in the field of digitalization and health, ethics and data governance, to join a team led by Dr. Tamar Sharon. One of the postdocs will join the ERC-funded project entitled ‘The digital disruption of health research and the common good: An empirical-philosophical study’ (Digital Good). The other postdoc will carry out research to be defined, in the broad field of digitalization and health, and contribute to shaping the Hub’s profile.

The iHub is an exciting new interdisciplinary research centre led by Prof. Bart Jacobs (computer science) and Dr. Tamar Sharon (philosophy). iHub will bring together leading computer scientists, medical researchers, ethicists, legal scholars and social scientists from across the university. Research will address issues raised by the increased digitalization and datafication of science and society. The Hub’s mission is to develop scientific and practical expertise on data governance guided by values such as privacy, transparency, democratic legitimacy and social value.

The project explores the ethical and societal challenges associated with the ‘Googlisation of health’: the entrance of large consumer technology companies such as Alphabet, Apple and Amazon into the domain of health and biomedical research. Team members will conduct fieldwork to map, analyse and critically evaluate the different conceptions of the common good that motivate various stakeholders participating in research collaborations between consumer tech firms and public research institutions. Fieldwork will take place at various sites in Europe and in the USA. The empirical findings will be used to develop a normative framework for data governance in this context that can account for different and competing conceptions of the common good. Team members will conduct independent research and contribute to the overall framework development. They should be comfortable carrying out empirical and conceptual work.

Team members will be embedded at iHub and in the Department for Practical Philosophy at the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies. Responsibility and solidarity are essential values within the faculty’s culture as they determine collaborative and social behavior.

More information here.

Eligibility/ Requirements

An eligible candidate has

  • a Ph.D in philosophy (of technology), STS, critical data studies, law and technology, sociology or anthropology of science and technology, or similar discipline;
  • a demonstrable interest (e.g. apparent from publications) in data ethics, digital society, data governance, the political economy of data sharing;
  • experience carrying out empirical research (such as qualitative interviewing);
  • knowledge of / expertise in law, in relation to technology and /or data protection, is an advantage;
  • strong capacity for critical reflection, creative thinking and conceptual clarity;
  • willingness and ability to work in an interdisciplinary team;
  • experience working on scientific projects (e.g. workshop/conference panel organisation);
  • experience in the acquisition of internationally competitive funding;
  • excellent command of written and spoken English.

For more information about this vacancy, please contact: Dr. Tamar Sharon, Associate Professor, Telephone: + 31 24 3612873 E-mail:

Application Process

To apply, please upload your application (attn. of Dr. Tamar Sharon) here. The application should include (and be limited to) the following attachment(s):

  • For the first postdoc (ERC), motivation letter (max. 2,000 words). For the second postdoc (non-ERC), this should outline a new research project.
  • CV, including full publication list and the names and contact details of two references.
  • Recent work. Two publications, published or under review, preferably single-authored.

The interviews will take place on 14 and 15 February 2019.

Visit the website and read the instructions carefully before you apply.

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