Postdoctoral Researcher: NOLAI Ethical Aspects of AI in Education

Postdoctoral Researcher: NOLAI Ethical Aspects of AI in Education

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16 Nov 25 Nov Nijmegen

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Are you a scientist with a keen interest in education, research and intelligent technologies? At the National Education Lab for Artificial Intelligence (NOLAI in Dutch), we develop innovative and intelligent technologies aimed at improving the quality of primary and secondary education. Over the next ten years, NOLAI teams up with schools, universities and companies to create new innovative examples of AI in education. As a postdoctoral researcher on ethical aspects of AI in education, you can contribute to NOLAI's goals in our scientific programme.

The new National Education Lab AI (NOLAI), located at Radboud University in the Netherlands, is looking for a postdoctoral researcher to study the ethical and social implications of AI in education. You will be part of the ethics team in the lab's scientific programme.

The scientific programme supports the co-creation programme and creates the preconditions necessary for a successful dialogue between schools, scientists and companies that are discussing and developing AI in education. The aim of the scientific programme is to gain insight into the pedagogical, social and ethical consequences of intelligent innovations in education. It examines the opportunities and risks of intelligent technologies, based on the premise that AI can be a useful tool for teachers and students.

The scientific programme consists of four focus areas:

  1. Pedagogical-didactic principles of AI in education.
  2. Technical aspects of AI in education.
  3. Ethical aspects of AI in education.
  4. Technical infrastructure and data.

You will focus on the ethical aspects of AI in education and collaborate with the two other postdocs associated with the other focus areas and the NOLAI professors.

The ethics team will work closely with teachers in primary and secondary education, developers and edtech companies to think through the ethical and social implications of AI in education. The team will study existing Dutch and European ethical guidelines, principles and values using an ’embedded ethics’ approach. The goal is to integrate robust ethical considerations into the practical development of AI in education. The ethics team is led by Prof. Tamar Sharon and Dr Marthe Stevens, and will also include a PhD candidate.


Radboud University


  • You should hold a PhD in philosophy or ethics of technology.
  • You should have knowledge of the literature on ethical and societal impacts of AI.
  • An interest or experience in education would be an advantage.
  • You have proven experience with embedded ethics approaches, including interviews, participatory observations and the organisation of focus groups and workshops.
  • You possess good collaboration skills and experience working in a team, also with non-philosophers and professionals.
  • You have experience with academic publications.
  • You have a good command of the English language, both oral and written.
  • Dutch language skills are an advantage, but not strictly required.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: It concerns a temporary employment for 3 years.

  • It concerns an employment for 0.8 - 1.0 FTE.
  • The gross monthly salary amounts to a minimum of €3,974 and a maximum of €5,439 based on a 38-hour working week, depending on previous education and number of years of relevant work experience (salary scale 11).
  • You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • It concerns a temporary employment for 3 years.
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services. Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
  • Working for us means getting extra days off. In case of full-time employment, you can choose between 30 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the legally allotted 20.
Work and science require good employment practices. This is reflected in Radboud University's primary and secondary employment conditions. You can make arrangements for the best possible work-life balance with flexible working hours, various leave arrangements and working from home. You are also able to compose part of your employment conditions yourself, for example, exchange income for extra leave days and receive a reimbursement for your sports subscription. And of course, we offer a good pension plan. You are given plenty of room and responsibility to develop your talents and realise your ambitions. Therefore, we provide various training and development schemes.


The Dutch Education Lab for Artificial Intelligence (NOLAI) is a consortium including schools, universities and companies, which aims to develop innovative intelligent technologies that will help improve the quality of primary and secondary education over the next ten years. With the help of these innovations, the increasing demand for responsible innovation with intelligent technologies in the public sector education will be met. NOLAI is organisationally embedded in the Faculty of Social Sciences of Radboud University and consists, on the one hand, of a scientific programme (where researchers and data scientists work), and on the other, of a co-creation programme (in which education, science and business work collaboratively on projects). In total, about 30 to 40 people will be working at NOLAI and many more people will be involved in carrying out the co-creation projects.

Your position will be embedded in the Department of Ethics and Political Philosophy at the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies. The faculty is a compact, ambitious organisation with over 160 staff members, housed in eight academic departments, and over 1,000 students. Our educational programme includes several top-notch courses in both in-depth disciplinary fields of study and interdisciplinary and interfaculty studies. The faculty has innovative education and research programmes with a strong focus on current social issues.

You will also be affiliated with iHub, Radboud University's interfaculty Interdisciplinary Hub for Digitalisation and Society. iHub brings together researchers from various disciplines, including philosophy, computer science, law and social sciences, and focuses on the promotion of public values in digital society.

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 24,000 students and 5,600 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!


  • Postdoc; Research, development, innovation
  • Engineering; Language and culture
  • €3974—€5439 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 1200215



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