Holland: Multi-topic PhD position

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Social and ethical aspects of digital
identities of individuals in ambient intelligence and ubiquitous
computing environments, and their relation to (digital) forensics and
law enforcement.

-Conduct analytical and empirical research; produce PhD thesis.

-Contribute to academic publications, (international) workshops and conferences, and other dissemination activities.

-Contribute to minor ‘digital identities’ and other occasional teaching activities


University Graduate
– Degree in relevant
disciplines/fields (e.g. science and technology studies; philosophy,
ethics, or sociology of technology; media studies; law and technology)
– Good analytical as well as empirical research skills

– Experience with and ability to do interdisciplinary research

– Appropriate communication and writing skills, at least in English, preferably in Dutch as well

– Affinity with and adequate level of understanding of technical
developments and issues, willingness to develop meaningful dialogue
with technical professionals
– Affinity with and adequate level of understanding of (national and European) legal and policy issues.

– The ability to work independently and as a member of a research team

Additional information about the job:
The position is part of an exciting and prestigious 5-year project,
generously funded by the European Research Council as part of the 7th
Framework Ideas Programme, called : DigIDeas: Social and Ethical
Aspects of Digital Identities. Towards a Value Sensitive Identity
The overall aims of this project are to increase understanding
and awareness of the social and ethical aspects of digital identity
management (IDM), and to contribute to the quality and social and
ethical acceptability of technological developments. The project will
achieve these goals by bringing recent insights gained from several
disciplines – social studies of science and technology, surveillance
studies, philosophy (social philosophy and philosophy of technology)
and computer ethics – to bear on actual developments in digital
identity management, thus exploring novel ways to identify and
articulate the issues concerned.
With a series of interdisciplinary studies focussing on different
application areas of IDM, we intend to produce more fine-grained
knowledge of the ways IDM is implicated in contemporary transformations
of identity. The programme will involve three complementary PhD
projects, and one integrative postdoc project, thus achieving a strong
concentration of groundbreaking knowledge on a set of fast emerging
intellectual and societal problems.
All project members will have clearly defined individual research
projects, as well as cooperate as team members and contribute to
DigIDeas’ overall project goals. Excursions into other ongoing
(international) research projects and activities (Can SSHRCC, EC-FP7)
are possible, and generous travel budgets are available.

The Infonomics and New Media Research Centre is a young
interdisciplinary research unit at Zuyd University, Maastricht/Heerlen,
led by ass.prof. dr. Irma van der Ploeg, and currently employing 10
people. Its research agenda is focussed on four themes: digital
identities, ubiquitous computing, user centered and value sensitive
design, and new communication concepts. With our current project
portfolio we operate in national, European (FP7), and international
networks of knowledge institutions and stakeholder organisations.


Zuyd University

Conditions of employment

Estimated maximum salary per month: eur 2500 – 3000
Salaryscale 10.
Maximum salary amount in Euro’s a month 3566
Employment basis: Temporary for specified period
Duration of the contract: a 5-year full-time PhD position (with a 1 year trial period)
Maximum hours per week: 40

Additional conditions of employment:
– a gross salary between min € 2356 and max. € 3566,- depending on experience and education) in accordance with HBO-CAO-s.10

– PhD training courses in recognised graduate school programmes

Additional Information

Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from:

Dr. Irma van der Ploeg
Telephone number: +31 +45 4000540/522
E-mail address: i.vdploeg@hszuyd.nl
Or additional information can be obtained through one of the following links.

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You can apply for this job before 15-09-2008 by sending your application to:

INM – Zuyd University
Marina Beckers
Nieuw Eyckholt 290A
6419 DJ Heerlen
The Netherlands
E-mail address: marina.beckers@hszuyd.nl

Closing date 15th September – interviews are planned in week 39.

Applicants are asked to send:

– Letter explaining your interest in and qualifications for the position.

– Curriculum Vitae

– Writing specimen in english (academic publication, chapter Master’s thesis, etc.)

– (After reading the project description, available on request) 2 A4 of preliminary ideas about the project applied for

When applying for this job always mention the vacancy number AT INM-JR-0802.


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