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PhD position in Applied ethics / Ethics and technology

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018
Center for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Research, RWTH Aachen University

Aachen, Germany

The Center for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Research, at RWTH Aachen University, is inviting applications for a PhD position in ethics of technology, neuroethics, ethics of AI, data ethics, biomedical ethics

Your profile
- University degree (Master or equivalent) in Philosophy and / or Applied Ethics and / or Interdisciplinary Studies, with a specialization in Philosophy / Ethics.
- Pronounced knowledge in Applied Ethics and / or Practical Philosophy
- Experience in interdisciplinary work
- Good analytical skills
- Good IT-skills
- Very good proficiency in English (oral and written)
- Ability to independent scientific work
- Responsibility, creativity, flexibility, team orientation
- Interest in policy and the practical applications of ethics
- Willingness to teach in various degree programs on issues of applied ethics
- Previous work has already been presented at conferences 

- Competence in ethical theory
- Experiences with reflection on current developments in the field of human-technology interaction, biotechnology, or autonomous systems
- Interest to develop competences in methods of empirical social research or empirical philosophy

Your responsibilities:
You will be entrusted with tasks in research and teaching. This includes assistance in teaching and work in the research areas of Applied Ethics. We expect you to try to publish research results in international, competitive journals. The focus of the position is research for the dissertation.

Our profile:
The teaching and research area of Applied Ethics and Ethics of Technology of the RWTH Aachen University under the direction of Prof. Dr. Saskia Nagel is located at the Center for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Research. The working group helps to realise an integrated interdisciplinary technical university and performs a bridging function at the RWTH Aachen University. The group addresses questions about the ethical and social challenges of scientific and technological progress. It develops the interdisciplinary potential between philosophy and the natural and engineering sciences. Key topics are the philosophy and ethics of the human-technology relationship. This includes ethical and social issues in Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Internet of Things, Emerging Medical Technologies, e.g. e-health, new biotechnologies - and the impact on individual and social well-being.

What we offer:
The successful candidate will be employed as a public servant. The position is to be filled as soon as possible and is for 3 years.  This is a part-time position (50% of the standard weekly hours for full-time employees).  The successful candidate has the opportunity to pursue a doctoral degree in this position. The salary corresponds to level E 13 TV-L.

RWTH Aachen University is certified as a Family-Friendly University. We particularly welcome and encourage applications from women, disabled persons and ethnic minority groups, recognizing they are underrepresented across RWTH Aachen University. The principles of fair and open competition apply and appointments will be made on merit.

The following application documents are required:
Letter of motivation, CV, project proposal up to 750 words, certificates, publication list (if applicable), and the names of two references.

Questions can be sent to Prof. Saskia Nagel
Applications should be sent to:

Application Number: 22309
Application deadline: 20.03.2018

Contact Address:
Prof. Dr. Saskia Nagel
RWTH Aachen University 
Human Technology Centre
Theaterplatz 14
52062 Aachen

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