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Research Programme Manager

The University of Twente is looking for a Research Programme Manager for the multi-university, ten-year international research programme “Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies”

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Key takeaways

  • Hours
    24 - 32 hr.
  • Salary indication
    Salary gross/monthly
    based on full-time
    € 4,332 - € 5,929
  • Deadline
    7 Jun 2024

“Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies” (ESDiT; www.esdit.nl) 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.  It currently has over 100 researchers involved.  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 fifty 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 day to day management of the research programme. You do this in consultation with the programme leader, prof. dr. Philip Brey and vice leader, prof. dr. Sabine Roeser. You implement policies outlined by the Daily Board (which, besides yourself, includes the programme leader, the vice programme leader, a communication officer and a management assistant) and the Management Board (the central strategic board, consisting of nine professors and yourself). Tasks include the following:

Your profile

  • relevant (project) management or coordination experience, preferably in an academic context
  • excellent social and organizational skills, professional disposition, responsible, accurate and independent
  • at least a master’s degree. In philosophy, management, engineering, or any other relevant field
  • an interest in ethical, social and philosophical issues relating to technology and engineering
  • strong problem-solving abilities and the ability to relate to and bring together different ideas and viewpoints
  • demonstrated enthusiasm for helping others and a positive attitude in interacting with researchers in the programme
  • ability to communicate effectively in English. An ability to communicate in Dutch, or willingness to learn, is a plus

Our offer

  • we offer a part-time position (0.6-0.8 fte) for an initial one year period with the possibility to extend for the project period at least for three years 
  • starting fulltime salary between € 4.332 to € 5.929 gross per month based on your experience (scale 11)
  • we also offer excellent employment benefits, including an 8.3% end-of-year bonus and 8% holiday pay on top of the annual income
  • Preferred starting date is September 1st, 2024.

Information and application

More information about the ESDiT programme can be requested from Seeta Autar at b.autar@utwente.nl. See also www.esdit.nl. For questions about the vacancy, please contact Prof. dr. Philip Brey, programme leader (p.a.e.brey@utwente.nl ) or dr. Julia Hermann (j.s.hermann@utwente.nl ), management board member.

Your application, including curriculum vitae, can be uploaded until June, 7th.

Interviews will be held on June, 17th and 24th, 2024.

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About the department

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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Step 2

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

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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. If applicable, we will sign you up for screening.

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