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RWTH Aachen - Applied Ethics with a Focus on the Ethics of Technology and Environmental Ethics

With a background in Cognitive Science and Philosophy, Professor Nagel develops approaches to individual and societal challenges in a technological culture, with a focus on the ethical, anthropological, and social consequences of scientific and technological progress. The interdisciplinary research group on Applied Ethics explores how new human-technology-relations – as for example enabled by research in the fields of neuroscience, cognitive science, AI, or data science - influence human self-understanding, and the understanding of values. Recent projects investigate questions of autonomy, responsibility, and trust. The group combines research in applied ethics with philosophy of mind and philosophy and ethics of technology and involves studies on the public understanding of sciences and technological advances. The current position is situated in the Cluster of Excellence “Internet of Production” funded by the German Research Foundation. In this multidisciplinary research project at the core of research and innovation in industry 4.0 the position should contribute to the ethical reflection of the project with a focus on human-machine interaction and responsibilities in the Internet of Production.  

Research Assistant/Associate

Work­ing field:

You will be invol­ved with rese­arch tasks wit­hin the Clus­ter of Excel­lence "Inter­net of Pro­duc­tion". Your respon­si­bi­li­ties are:

  • The ethi­cal reflec­tion of ques­ti­ons of arti­fi­cal intel­li­gence, auto­ma­tion,chan­ges in working envi­ron­ments, and new areas of respon­si­bi­lity
  • Stu­dies in coope­ra­tion with engi­neers, com­pu­ter sci­en­tists and psy­cho­lo­gists on moral dilem­mas in engi­nee­ring rese­arch and app­li­ca­tion
  • Assi­s­tance in the pre­pa­ra­tion, imple­men­ta­tion and fol­low-up of pro­ject work­shops
  • Publi­ca­tion of pro­ject results in jour­nals and/or pre­sen­ta­tion of results at inter­na­tio­nal con­fe­ren­ces
  • Com­mu­ni­ca­tion in the Clus­ter of Excel­lence

Require­ments:

  • Requi­re­ment for this posi­tion is an Uni­ver­sity degree (Mas­ter or equi­va­lent) and/or dis­ser­ta­tion 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
  • Pre­vious work has already been pre­sen­ted at con­fe­ren­ces and accep­ted in inter­na­tio­nal, com­pe­ti­tive jour­nals
  • Very good pro­fi­ci­ency in Eng­lish (oral and writ­ten)
  • Abi­lity to inde­pen­dent sci­en­ti­fic work
  • Respon­si­bi­lity, crea­ti­vity, fle­xi­bi­lity, team ori­en­ta­tion
  • Wil­ling­ness to teach in various degree pro­grams on issues of app­lied ethics Desi­red
  • Com­pe­tence in ethi­cal theory
  • Expe­ri­en­ces with reflec­tion on cur­rent deve­lop­ments in the field of engi­nee­ring, human-tech­no­logy inter­ac­tion, or auto­no­mous sys­tems
  • Know­ledge and prac­ti­cal expe­ri­ence in methods of empi­ri­cal social rese­arch or empi­ri­cal phi­lo­so­phy

What we of­fer:

The posi­tion is 2 or 3 years and is to be fil­led as soon as pos­si­ble. This is a part-time posi­tion (50% of the stan­dard wee­kly hours for full-time employees). It is also avail­able as full-time employ­ment depen­ding on qua­li­fi­ca­tion (with a PhD).

The suc­cess­ful can­di­date has the oppor­tu­nity to pur­sue a doc­to­ral degree.

The salary cor­re­sponds to level EG 13 TV-L.

RWTH Aachen Uni­ver­sity is cer­ti­fied as a "Family-Fri­endly Uni­ver­sity". We wel­come app­li­ca­ti­ons from all sui­ta­bly qua­li­fied can­di­da­tes regard­less of gen­der. 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. RWTH Aachen is an equal oppor­tu­nities employer. We the­re­fore ask you not to include a photo in your app­li­ca­tion. For infor­ma­tion on the collec­tion of per­so­nal data pur­suant to Arti­cles 13 and 14 of the Gene­ral Data Pro­tec­tion Regu­la­tion (GDPR), please visit: http://www.rwth-aachen.de/dsgvo-information-bewerbung

How to ap­ply:

The fol­lo­wing app­li­ca­tion docu­ments are requi­red: Let­ter of moti­va­tion, CV, rese­arch pro­ject pro­po­sal up to 750 words, cer­ti­fi­ca­tes, publi­ca­tion list, if you have a PhD, eit­her a sum­mary and table of con­tents of your dis­ser­ta­tion or the ent­ire dis­ser­ta­tion, and the names of two refe­ren­ces.

For fur­ther details, please con­tact
Prof. Sas­kia Nagel
Tel.: +49 (0) 241 / 80 25486
Email: saskia.nagel@humtec.rwth-aachen.de

Please send your app­li­ca­tion by July 5, 2019 to
RWTH Aachen Uni­ver­sity / Hum­tec Centre
LuF Ange­wandte Ethik mit dem Schwer­punkt Tech­nik- und Umwelt­ethik
Thea­ter­platz 14
52062 Aachen

You can also send your app­li­ca­tion via email to bewerbungen@humtec.rwth-aachen.de. Please note, howe­ver, that com­mu­ni­ca­tion via unen­cryp­ted e-mail poses a threat to con­fi­den­tia­lity as it is poten­ti­ally vul­nera­ble to unaut­ho­ri­zed access by third par­ties.