Postdoctoral Researcher: Politics and Ethics of Digital Health

Postdoctoral Researcher: Politics and Ethics of Digital Health

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31 Jul 20 Aug Nijmegen

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Job description

A postdoctoral researcher as part of the Digital Good project, an ERC-funded project led by Dr. Tamar Sharon. The position is for three years and four months, commencing as soon as possible after 1 September 2020. You should have a background in philosophy/ethics (of technology), science and technology studies, or critical data studies. Furthermore, you should be comfortable with a combination of conceptual and ethnographic work. Besides joining the Digital Good project, you will also actively contribute to the development of the iHub, the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Privacy and Data Governance.

The Digital Good project explores the ethical and societal challenges associated with the 'Googlisation of health': the move of large consumer technology companies such as Alphabet, Apple and Amazon into the domain of health and biomedical research. Team members will conduct fieldwork to map, analyse and critically evaluate the different conceptions of the common good that motivate various stakeholders participating in research collaborations between consumer tech firms and public research institutions, drawing on the framework of 'orders of worth' developed by Boltanski and Thévenot in On Justification (2006). Fieldwork will take place at various sites in Europe and the USA. The empirical findings will be used to develop a normative framework for data governance in this context that can account for different and competing conceptions of the common good.  Team members will conduct independent research and contribute to the overall framework development.

More information about the project 'Digital Good - The Digital Disruption of Health Research and the Common Good: An Empirical-Philosophical Study' can be found here.


Radboud University


  • PhD in philosophy (of technology), applied ethics, STS or critical data studies; candidates with other relevant backgrounds are also welcome to apply, provided their interests match the profile.
  • Demonstrable interest in digital society, data ethics, data governance and/or the political economy of data sharing.
  • Some experience carrying out empirical research (such as qualitative interviewing).
  • Strong capacity for critical reflection, creative thinking and conceptual clarity.
  • Willingness and ability to work in an interdisciplinary team.
  • Experience working on scientific projects (e.g. workshop/conference panel organisation).
  • Experience in the acquisition of internationally competitive funding is an advantage.
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 3 years or 3yrs + the maternity leave months of a colleague.

  • Employment: 40 hours per week.
  • A maximum gross monthly salary of € 5,127 based on a 38-hour working week (salary scale 11).
  • The exact salary depends on the candidate's qualifications and amount of relevant professional experience.
  • In addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • Duration of the contract: 3 years plus the 4 maternity leave months of a colleague.
  • The intended start date is as soon as possible.
  • You will be able to make use of our Dual Career Service: our Dual Career Officer will assist with family-related support, such as child care, and help your partner prepare for the local labour market and with finding an occupation.
  • Are you interested in our excellent employment conditions?


Radboud University

We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 22,000 students and 5,000 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!


Faculteit der Filosofie, Theologie en Religiewetenschappen

You will be embedded in the Interdisciplinary Hub for Security, Privacy and Data Governance (iHub), and in the Department for Political Philosophy and Ethics at the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies. 
The iHub is an interfaculty research centre bringing together philosophers, computer scientists, legal scholars, social scientists and ethicists. The hub’s mission is to develop state-of-the-art research to better understand the impacts of digitalisation on our social, economic and political worlds, and to help steer digital transformations in ways that promote the common good.

The Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies (PTRS) has approximately 160 staff and 8 departments providing courses to some 750 students. You will work together with colleagues from various disciplines and on the basis of interfaculty collaboration. The Faculty has an inspiring academic climate. We continuously seek to innovate our socially relevant domain-specific and interdisciplinary education and research programmes. Responsibility, solidarity, care and commitment are values that characterise the Faculty's culture.


  • Postdoc
  • Language and culture
  • max. 40 hours per week
  • max. €5127 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 1115562



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