Netherlands: PhD in Ethics of technology

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The program of the 3TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology is designed to meet the increasing need for responsible innovation in society and a growing demand for graduates in ethics of technology. The aim of the programme is to investigate the ethical issues emerging during the development, use and regulation of technology. Relevant research areas include:
– ethics and politics of emerging technologies,
– philosophy of risk,
– ethics and engineering design,
– environmental ethics,
– technology and the good life,
– technology and responsibility and
– human enhancement.
The PhD programme consists of a first year of education, in coordination with the PSTS Master programme of Twente University, during which selected students will attend classes taught by internationally leading scholars in philosophy and ethics of technology from the 3TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology. The 1st year of programme consists of course work but is also designed to support students in writing a research proposal in a chosen area of investigation, which will be further developed in the following years up to the completion of a PhD dissertation. After the 1st year of education PhD students are also expected to spend three to six months at one of our partner Universities, among which the Uehiro Centre at Oxford University, the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics of ANU in Melbourne and Canberra.

Selection Procedure
Candidates shall submit a writing sample (like their Bachelor or Master theses, or an essay or paper which they consider representative of their own work). A Curriculum Vitae, a letter of motivation and at least 2 academic reference letters shall be also provided. The selection committee may require to candidates to provide evidence of their English language skills through the TOEFL certificate or other recognized English language certifications. A first short-list of candidates will be made in early May 2010 and interviews will be hold within the end of the same month. All applicants will be notified the outcomes of the selection process in June 2010.

Funding
The 3TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology will fund up to 4 PhD positions for the programme starting in September 2010. Graduates will receive a salary of 2042 Euro gross per month circa (excluding holiday allowance and 13th month) in the first year, which will increase up to 2612 Euro gross circa in the 4th year. The Centre welcomes also applications from international students in possession of their own grants or scholarships.

How to Apply
To apply, please visit this page and fill-in the required information. Once you’ve done so you may send your application material by e-mail specifying “Application PhD Programme 2010” in the subject.

For further clarifications on the 3TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology, the PhD programme and how to apply please contact the Coordinator of the Centre Dr Claudia Basta. You may also download the full text of the vacancy here.

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