Delft University of Technology has four job openings as part of the research project New Technologies as Social Experiments: Conditions for Morally Responsible Experimentation. A complete description of the project can be requested, or is available on the website www.ethicsandtechnology.eu.
The project will be carried out in close cooperation between the four researchers to be appointed and the project leader dr.ir. I.R. van de Poel. The overall aim of the project is to conceptualize the introduction of new technologies in society as a form of social experimentation and to explore under what conditions such experiments are morally acceptable.
The project will focus on three technological domains: nuclear energy, biotechnology and nanotechnology. In each domain a PhD project will be carried out. In addition, the implications for the regulation and governance of new technologies will be investigated in a postdoc project.
Post-doc: New Technologies as Social Experiments
The key objective of this research project is to investigate the implications of adopting a conceptualization of technological development as a social experiment for the regulation and governance of technological hazards. The project will have three phases:
In phase 1, a literature study will be carried out on dilemmas of regulation under uncertainty and ignorance, and on strategies for dealing with these dilemmas and challenges.
In phase 2, the conditions for responsible experimentation that have been proposed in the other projects will be evaluated for their feasibility and adequacy by comparing them with the strategies proposed in the literature and with the opinions of experts and stakeholders.
In phase 3, the implications for hazard regulation and governance will be investigated. The candidate will also be involved in the teaching activities of the department.
A PhD in philosophy, law or STS, preferably in a topic related to the research project
A demonstrable interest in applied ethics and the regulation and governance of technology
Relevant knowledge about the regulation or governance of emerging technologies
Good analytical and reasoning skills, as demonstrated by earlier publications
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, as witnessed by earlier publications and successful research projects
Good command of both written and spoken English
Conditions of employment
TU Delft offers an attractive benefits package, including a flexible work week, free high-speed Internet access from home, and the option of assembling a customised compensation and benefits package (the 'IKA'). Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.