Assistant / Associate Professor Ethics of Quantum Technologies

Assistant / Associate Professor Ethics of Quantum Technologies

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14 Dec 31 Jan Delft

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Challenge: Laying down ethical theory for quantum technologies.
Change: Identifying within research the main ethical issues of quantum and societal issues of quantum technologies.
Impact: Guiding quantum technologies towards the go

Job description

The development of quantum technologies is increasingly entering the phase in which laboratory research is translated into prototype technology and first applications. This professorship position is created for developing the ethics of quantum technologies. You will be offered the possibility to look beyond the initial perspective of hype and doom, and to take up the task of exploring the main ethical issues, and pathways to overcome them, that these technologies can bring when they become materialized as sensors, communication networks and computers, and are being integrated in existing sociotechnical systems. Think of the potential use cases of quantum technologies, the implications on global society including the digital divide, and policy alternatives to steer quantum technology for good.

Until 2028 you participate in Action Line 4 of the Dutch national Quantum Delta NL programme on quantum technology. In this programme you collaboratively explore the Ethical, Legal and Societal Aspects (ELSA) of quantum technologies together with research groups on law and science communication from the University of Amsterdam and Leiden University. And you contribute to projects with quantum technology researchers, companies, institutes and other stakeholders aimed at identifying the ELSA of specific quantum technology applications, and at singling out applications that contribute to society.

In addition to research you are engaged in:

  • PhD candidate supervision
  • Teaching and course development
  • Research project development
  • Management of research projects

You will be part of the Ethics/Philosophy of Technology department at the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, within the quantum ethics research group led by Dr Pieter Vermaas. Playing an active role in the scientific community, you will transfer knowledge and help strengthen our Faculty, Department and the quantum ethics research group. We are a dynamic/ international team of one postdoc researcher and three PhD candidates. Ours is an open and friendly atmosphere and we and the Department will give you all the support, training and coaching you need to evolve and grow your career.


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


You thrive on taking the lead in developing a new field of research, for which you have the ability to build relevant networks and attract funding. Leveraging your communication skills, you convince stakeholders of your research proposals, working closely with industrial partners and students and colleagues of various TU Delft and other Quantum Delta NL Faculties. In addition, you enjoy mentoring and interacting with students.

You also have:

  • A PhD degree in a field relevant to the position.
  • A minimum of five years of experience as a postdoc researcher or similar
  • A portfolio of journal publications and projects that illustrate your theoretical and practical expertise.
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English, willingness to learn Dutch.
  • Experience and affection for teaching.

A collaborative attitude

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 6 year.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school.
Inspiring, excellent education is our central aim. We expect you to obtain a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) within three years if you have less than five years of teaching experience. This is provided by the TU Delft UTQ programme.

TU Delft sets high standards for the English competency of the teaching staff. The TU Delft offers training to improve English competency. If you do not speak Dutch, we offer courses to learn the Dutch language.


Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context.

At TU Delft we embrace diversity as one of our core values and we actively engage to be a university where you feel at home and can flourish. We value different perspectives and qualities. We believe this makes our work more innovative, the TU Delft community more vibrant and the world more just. Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. That is why we invite you to apply. Your application will receive fair consideration.

Challenge. Change. Impact!


Faculty Technology, Policy and Management

With its excellent education and research at the intersection of technology, society and policy, the Faculty of TPM makes an important contribution to solving complex technical-social issues, such as energy transition, mobility, digitalisation, water management and (cyber) security.
We combine insights from the engineering sciences, the social and the humanities. We develop robust models and designs, are internationally oriented and have an extensive network with knowledge institutions, companies, social organisations and governments.

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  • Lecturer; Assistant professor; Associate professor; Professor
  • Behaviour and society
  • 36—40 hours per week
  • Doctorate
  • TUD03144


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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