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Communication professional (20 h/week)

Communication professional for the multi-university, ten-year international research programme “Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies”,
responsible for the external communication of the Esdit programme, and also a role in internal communication.

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Key takeaways

  • Hours
    20 hr.
  • Salary indication
    Salary gross/monthly
    based on full-time
    € 3,226 - € 4,036
  • Deadline
    3 Oct 2023

“Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies” (Esdit) is an international research programme of seven academic institutions in the Netherlands. It has a combined budget of € 27 million, and is funded by the Ministry for Education, Culture and Science and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) in the Gravitation funding scheme for excellent research, and by matching funds from the participating institutions. The duration is from January 2020 to December 2029. The programme has the aim of achieving breakthrough research in at the intersection of ethics, philosophy and technology / engineering and to position its consortium at the top of its field internationally. The consortium, counting over sixty researcher, consists of internationally well-known ethicists, philosophers, engineers and social scientists. The programme includes four research lines, “Nature, life and human intervention”, “The future of a free and fair society”, “The human condition” and “Synthesis: Ethics of Technology, Practical Philosophy, and Modern Technology-Driven Societies”.

You are responsible for the external communication of the Esdit programme, and also have a role in internal communication. You carry out these tasks in consultation with the programme manager, Wendy Aartsen, the programme leader, prof. dr. Philip Brey, the vice leader, prof. dr. Sabine Roeser and the management assistant, Seeta Autar. You implement policies outlined by the Daily Board (which, besides yourself, includes Aartsen, Brey, and Roeser) and the Management Board (the central strategic board, consisting of nine professors). Tasks include the following:

Your profile

  • Relevant education and past experience as a communication professional
  • A special affinity with science and technology and its implications for society, and have an interest in or orientation towards science communication and/or journalism
  • Excellent ability to write texts for various types of audiences and media, and are also proficient, to a more limited extent, at visual design
  • An ability to communicate effectively in English. (An ability to communicate in Dutch, or willingness to learn, is a plus.)
  • A professional who can creatively translate scientific findings to various audiences
  • Someone who is enthusiastic and has the ability to engage various stakeholders within and outside the research consortium and bring diverse viewpoints together 
  • Starting date is December 1st, 2023 or January 1st, 2024 (negotiable)

Our offer

  • A part-time position of 20 hours per week for a three-year period.  After three years, there will be an evaluation of effectiveness and suitability within the project.  When positive, this can become a permanent position
  • Starting salary between € 3.226 to € 4.036 gross per month based on your experience (scale 10)
  • Excellent employment benefits, including an 8.3% end-of-year bonus and 8% holiday pay on top of the annual income
  • Working from home is possible

Information and application

A full programme plan, including details about organizational structure and policies, can be requested from Seeta Autar at b.autar@utwente.nl. See also the programme website:  https://www.esdit.nl/.  For questions about the vacancy, please contact Philip Brey (p.a.e.brey@utwente.nl).

Your application, including a letter of application and a curriculum vitae, can be uploaded until Tuesday, October 3th (23.59 PM CEST).

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About the department

Philosophy section. This position will be embedded within the philosophy section of the University of Twente.  For further information, visit https://www.utwente.nl/en/bms/wijsb.

About the organisation

The Faculty of Behavioral, Management and Social sciences (BMS) aims to play a key role in understanding, jointly developing and evaluating innovations in society. Technological developments are the engine of innovation. As a technical university that puts people first, we tailor them to human needs and behavior and use social engineering to integrate them into society. We also ensure adequate governance at public and private level, and robust, inclusive and fair organizational structures. We do this by developing, sharing and applying high-quality knowledge in Psychology, Business Administration, Public Administration, Communication Sciences, Philosophy, Educational Sciences and Health Sciences. Our research and education in these disciplines revolves around tackling and solving societal challenges. The research programs of BMS are closely linked to the research of the UT institutes Mesa+ Institute for Nanotechnology, TechMed Center and Digital Society Institute.

As an employer, the Faculty of BMS offers work that matters. We equip you to create new possibilities for yourself and for our society. With us, you will become part of a leading technical university with increasing, positive social impact. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial atmosphere, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example through our flexible, adaptable benefits.

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Brey, P.A.E. (Philip)

Brey, P.A.E. (Philip)
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Brey, P.A.E. (Philip)
Full Professor

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The selection committee will review your application and you will receive a response within 2 weeks after the vacancy has been closed.

Step 3

1st interview.
The 1st (online or in person) meeting serves as an introduction where we introduce ourselves to you and you to us. You may be asked to give a short presentation. This will be further explained in the invitation.

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2nd interview.
In the second interview, we will further discuss the job content, your skills and your talents.

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The offer.
If the conversations are positive, you will be made a suitable offer.

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