Two Year Postdoc on Responsible Collection and Analysis of Personal Data for Justice and Security

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management

Application Deadline

March 12, 2018

Program Commencement

April, 2018

Duration of the Program

23 Months

Program Details

The research, carried out by TU Delft and TNO in close collaboration with the Ministry for Justice and Security of the Netherlands, will study how transparency of data collection and handling can best be dealt with in the context of justice and security; it will conduct several case studies to provide recommendations to combine and balance transparency with other values, such as accountability, security, fairness, autonomy, accuracy, and confidentiality.

The research will focus on the (semi)automatic collection of large amounts of data from different sources, on the (semi)automatic analysis of these data, and on the practical application of the findings from these analyses (‘in the field’). Moreover, the study will focus on the role of algorithms (Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence) and on their understandability, explainability, accuracy, and fairness—in order to be able to detect and combat, e.g., unwanted biases or discrimination.

Part of the research will be conceptual; e.g., the clarification of relevant values (e.g., transparency, accountability, security, fairness, accuracy, confidentiality and autonomy) and of the ways in which these values play out in the context of justice and security, and in relation to each other. Another part of the research will be empirical and will be carried out in close collaboration with the Ministry’s “Living Lab Big Data”. Three case studies will be carried out that focus on experiments in this Living Lab, involving, e.g., workshops and interviews, and the development of scenarios, demonstrators, and experiments.

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Requirements & Conditions

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The candidates are expected to have:

  • PhD degree in relevant discipline, like for example philosophy, ethics, law or science and technology studies (STS) with a focus on a relevant topic like ICT, privacy, or big data.
  • Good conceptual skills.
  • Preferably experience with empirical research.
  • Willingness to engage with relevant stakeholders like the Ministry for Justice and Security.
  • Good organisational skills and ability to keep deadlines.
  • Good English skills.
  • Proficiency of Dutch or willingness to acquire it.
  • Flexibility and readiness to work in teams.

At a monthly maximum salary of € 4084, TU Delft offers a customisable 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 Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Application Process

Find the call for the position here.

For more information about this position, please contact Prof. Ibo van de Poel. A more detailed description of the project is available on request. To apply, please e-mail a detailed letter of application, a curriculum vitae including publication list, the names and contact information of references and a sample of published academic work by March, 12 to with the reference to vacancy number ATTBM 18.004.

Interviews with a limited number of applicants will presumably be held on 19 March 2018.

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