Assistant professor

Assistant professor

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30 Mar 23 Apr Delft

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Job description

The Ethics and Philosophy of Technology section is looking for an Assistant Professor (academic career track) of Ethics and Philosophy of Technology. The focus of this position will be on the philosophy and methodology of engineering.

Within the section, a unique approach to teaching engineering and design methodologies has been developed that is aimed at supporting PhD-, master-, and bachelor students in their research activities Research Design. The candidate for this position will be expected to contribute to these educational activities and their further development.  

As part of the academic career track, the candidate is further expected to: develop a clear research line in the philosophy of technology; aim for achieving societal impact, and; have a strong interest in engineering and technology development.

The candidate will contribute to and have proven skills in teaching and supervising students. All academic staff members in our Section are expected to contribute to managerial tasks. The candidate should be prepared to work in a multidisciplinary environment encompassing philosophy, engineering sciences, economics, safety science, social and behavioural science, and public policy.

Delft University of Technology endorses the 'recognition and reward' approach which allows for diverse academic profiles, such as a stronger focus on teaching, research or impact, depending on the profile of the candidate and needs of the organization.


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


We are looking for applicants with the following qualifications:

  • PhD degree in philosophy, preferably with a specialization in the philosophy of technology or related fields in e.g. applied ethics or philosophy of science, or a willingness to expand their expertise into ethics and philosophy of technology;
  • Relevant teaching experience;
  • Candidates who also have teaching and/or research experience in critical thinking or engineering methodology are especially urged to apply;
  • Strong commitment to teaching ethics of technology and/or philosophy of technology to engineering students and to contributing to the innovation as well as management of education;
  • Possession of UTQ degree (university teaching qualification) or willingness to obtain this degree;
  • Excellent English skills;
  • Proficiency of Dutch or willingness to acquire it;
  • Experience with online education or willingness to acquire it;
  • Flexibility and readiness to work in teams.

Next to these requirements, expertise in the following areas would be favourable:

  • Expertise in or experience with engineering research
  • Expertise in non-Western and feminist approaches
  • Expertise in another relevant discipline (natural or social sciences etc.)

We aim to increase the diversity in our Section and field, so we especially encourage candidates from underrepresented groups to apply.     

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 6 years.

This position is offered as an Academic Career Track position (0.8 – 1.0 FTE). During the Academic Career Track, we expect you to grow towards an Associate Professor position within a maximum of eight years, for which a position will be available. With other Academic Career Track colleagues, you will participate in the Academic Career Track Development programme, where you are offered ample opportunities to develop yourself in the areas of Education, Research, Societal Impact & Innovation, and Leadership & Organisation. You will regularly discuss your development and results with senior staff based on a personalized development and performance criteria agreed upon at the start of your Academic Career Track. You will start with a temporary contract that will be converted to a permanent contract no later than 12 -18 months after a positive evaluation, based on continuous confidence in your development potential and fit in the organisation.

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 as part of the Academic Career Track Development 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 within three years.

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 and you can work partly from home.

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.


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

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

Click here to go to the website of the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management.


  • Lecturer; Assistant professor; Associate professor; Professor
  • Behaviour and society
  • 30—40 hours per week
  • €3974—€5439 per month
  • Doctorate
  • TUD03717


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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