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Posted: Thursday, March 1st, 2018

Postdoctoral fellow 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, RWTH Aachen University, is inviting applications for a postdoctoral position in ethics of technology, neuroethics, ethics of AI, data ethics, or biomedical ethics.

Your profile:
- PhD 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 and accepted in international, competitive journals

- Competence in ethical theory
- Experiences with reflection on current developments in the field of human-technology interaction, biotechnology, or autonomous systems
- Knowledge and practical experience in methods of empirical social research or empirical philosophy

Your responsibilities:
You will have tasks in research and teaching. We expect you to publicize research results in international, competitive journals. The job includes assistance in the development of curricula and research applications.

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 realize 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 2 years.  This is a full-time position. The salary corresponds to level E13 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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