Tuesday 12

Several job opportunities (ethics of technology, technology & social change, science policy, blockchain technology, RRI, political science & international relations)

Posted by RRI Tools on 12 Dec 2017

  • Assistant Professor of Ethics of Technology (Tenure Track) at Delft University

The Ethics and Philosophy of Technology section is looking for an Assistant Professor (tenure track) of Ethics and Technology. The work of the candidate should contribute to our departmental research theme ‘responsible innovation’. Specifically, we are interested in strengthening our expertise in ethical aspects of resilience. Resilience aims to improve the capacity of technologies and socio-technical systems to deal with potentially risky developments. This also involves conceptual, ethical, and methodological considerations, such as: What are the essential ingredients for a system, society or community to be considered resilient? Is resilience always desirable? Can systems be made resilient-by-design? How can decision-making about resilience be genuinely inclusive? What is a fair distribution of responsibilities for resilience between different stakeholders? Can these stakeholders be expected to have the capabilities to be responsible for resilience? Etc. Candidates who currently do not have expertise in ethical aspects of resilience but who are willing and able to convincingly link their current expertise to resilience are also encouraged to apply.

The candidate is prepared to work in a multidisciplinary environment encompassing engineering sciences, economics, safety science, social and behavioural science, and public policy. The candidate has proven skills in teaching and coaching Bachelor and Master students. The candidate is well equipped for managerial tasks. The position will consist for ca 40% of research, 10% management and 50% teaching. We aim to increase the diversity in our Section, so we especially encourage candidates from underrepresented groups to apply.
We are looking for applicants with the following qualifications:

  • PhD degree in the field of ethics and a specialisation in ethics of technology;
  • Excellent track record in the field of ethics, as proven by relevant academic publications;
  • Additional expertise in another relevant discipline (engineering, natural or social sciences etc) is desirable;
  • Trackrecord in multidisciplinary work, or willingness to acquire this;
  • Strong commitment to contributing to the field of ethics of technology;
  • International experience;
  • Ample experience and affinity with teaching ethics;
  • “Basiskwalificatie onderwijs” (university teaching qualification) certificate or the willingness to obtain it;
  • Excellent English skills;
  • Proficiency of Dutch or willingness to acquire it
  • Flexibility and readiness to work in teams.

Deadline for applications: January 22nd 2018

For more info see here

  • Professor in Technology and Social Change at the Department of Thematic Studies of Linkoping University

Technology and Social Change is a nationally and internationally leading environment for research and education in how people create and use technology, and how technological change is interwoven with cultural patterns, everyday life, politics and economy. Third cycle and first cycle studies specialising in issues of technology and social change are carried out at the department.

Research and teaching within the department are focused on a number of important technological fields, and conducted from a number of different theoretical perspectives. The activities are currently organized into four broad programme areas. One group researches topics of agency, care, embodiment, knowledge practices, normativities, and subjectivities in science, medicine and other technological practices. These topics are examined from social, cultural, philosophical, and ethical perspectives, contributing to feminist theory, medical humanities, and science, technology and society studies. A second group deals with the development and transformation of infrastructure systems, such as energy, IT, transport and buildings, and how these systems are governed at a regional and local level, and how they are used in and impact our daily lives. A third group researches valuation as practice: the use of rankings, evaluations and indicators within the fields of science and technology and beyond, including clinical trials, big data, patient experiences, the development and use of algorithms. The fourth group focuses on the broad interdisciplinary field of environmental humanities and addresses the subject of nature and ecological matters. Special attention is paid to discourses of environmental consequences and risks related to the development of large scale socio-technical systems. Tema T participates in national doctoral schools in 'Environmental Humanities' and 'Energy Systems' and plays a key role in the recently started undergraduate programme in 'Urban and Regional Planning'.

The tasks within the announced professorship will comprise individual research, teaching and supervision of post-graduate students, research leadership, active responsibility for the continued development of Tema T, and collegial participation in intellectual, leadership and administrative roles.

The candidate shall demonstrate scientific expertise and a publication record at a high international level within fields relevant for the study of technology and social change. Documented scientific skills within humanities and/or social science are of particular merit as is research in interdisciplinary contexts.

The candidate will also have a track record of receiving external donations and lead research projects, collaborate with participants outside of the academy and supervision of post-graduate students.

Evidence of pedagogical skills from teaching in fields relevant for 'Urban and Regional Planning' are an additional merit.

Deadline for applications: 15 January 2018

More info here

  • Research Associate for the Eklipse project at the Faculty of Science, University of East Anglia

Applications are invited for a Research Associate to work with Dr Lynn Dicks on evidence synthesis to inform environmental policy decisions. This is an exciting opportunity to join an international, interdisciplinary team of biodiversity and ecosystem researchers working at the science-policy interface. It is funded under the EU Horizon 2020 programme, as part of the Eklipse project www.eklipse-mechanism.eu.

The post provides support to the Eklipse Methods Expert Group, gathering and documenting data for knowledge synthesis exercises, organising meetings, drafting guidance notes and co-authoring scientific papers. In the job, you will liaise with environmental decision-makers in policy, business and the third sector across Europe and have a chance to develop skills and experience in particular knowledge synthesis methods.

Although the research is based at the University of East Anglia in the School of Biological Sciences, it will involve periodic travel in Europe.

You will be expected to have a degree in biological science, ecology, environmental science, political science, economics or geography, along with a strong interest in science communication or environmental policy. You must also meet all the essential elements of the person specification.

The post is for a fixed term of 21 months (if full time) and commences 1 February 2018. Working part time (80% time) could also be considered, if preferred.

Deadline for applications: 5 January 2018.

For more info see here

  • Trilateral Research is seeking to engage a Research Analyst in the field of blockchain technology

Description : Trilateral Research, a London-based enterprise, specialising in research and the provision of strategic, policy and regulatory advice on new technologies, is seeking to engage a Research Analyst in the field of blockchain technology. The candidates will be expected to work on Trilateral projects in both the public and private sectors. For more information on our projects, see http://trilateralresearch.com/our-projects/

The successful candidate will have deep knowledge of blockchain technology, enabling them to design and manage a series of 10 workshops, 6 webinars, and two major conferences as part of a two-year EC-funded project. The candidate should bring a multi-disciplinary perspective that links blockchain technology with social science, policy studies and/or science and technology studies.

The post-holder will be expected to liaise with project partners and clients in the UK, across the EU and internationally and to deliver high quality research and project outputs in a collaborative and supportive research-intensive environment in which short and demanding deadlines are frequent.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Prepare reports following each event synthesising the key points from discussions, key findings and recommendations.
  • Prepare reports following each event synthesising the key points from discussions, key findings and recommendations.
  • Researching and writing content for grant proposals and tender submissions.
  • Identifying relevant organisations in the field and liaising with them to build partnerships and expand the reach of the series of events.
  • Performing research tasks related to current projects, writing reports or sections of reports and developing other deliverables as required to fulfil contractual obligations.
  • Carry out empirical research and contribute to the preparation and writing of deliverables.
  • Attending and/or presenting at conferences and workshops, involving travel outside the UK.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Candidates will have or be near to completing a PhD and have research experience related to blockchain technologies, applications, issues, policies
  • Demonstrated experience in organising workshops and conferences
  • Evidence of high-quality writing
  • Candidates should ideally be based in the UK, Ireland, or Brussels and able to attend periodic team meetings in London

Benefits : This position is for a fixed term contract of 1 year, with the possibility to become a permanent position.

For more info see here 

  • University of Nottingham Synthetic Biology Research Centre (SBRC) is seeking a Senior Research Fellow in Responsible Research and Innovation

SBRC Nottingham is one of six UK centre’s created by the BBSRC/EPSRC and has received £14.3M in funding for a 5 year period (2014-2019). SBRC-Nottingham is an exciting interdisciplinary large scale project, involving the creation and exploitation of gas fermenting microbial chassis as it relates to the sustainable production of chemicals and fuels. 

This post is core to the social science aspect of the SBRC, concerned with embedding and researching ‘responsible research and innovation’ approaches. 

Applications are invited to the above role to conduct high quality research, shape the core SBRC project as well as related projects, take initiative, and publish the results of the work in high quality outlets and publications. Work will focus in particular on further developing and implementing a framework of Responsible Research Innovation (RRI) and bringing the social science part of the project to fruition, paying particular attention to developing interactions with industry and policy makers. The role holder will collaborate with the SBRC Outreach Officer in shaping project related-engagement activities. The role holder will also have the opportunity to use their initiative and creativity to identify areas for research, develop research methods and extend their research portfolio.

Candidates must hold a PhD or equivalent (awarded) in a discipline relevant to social science, political science, bioethics, or philosophy. You will be an international post-doctoral researcher with substantial research experience with a background in social science or related interdisciplinary fields and a proven ability and willingness to engage in interdisciplinary research. The ideal candidate will have demonstrable interest in Responsible Research and Innovation.

This full-time fixed-term post is available until 30 July 2019.

Deadline for applications: Wednesday, 13th December 2017

More info here 

  • Full Professorship in Political Science / International Relations at SciencesPo


Status: At the time of the recruitment, candidates must have the status of Full Professor in the French academic system, or an equivalent rank at a foreign university.

Discipline: Political science/International Relations

Profile: The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a strong previous international experience in both teaching and research. S/he should be a specialist in the field of strategic and/or diplomatic studies and will be expected to focus their research on change within the international system, sociology of international actors, and new issues in international security. The aptitude to teach and publish in English is a mandatory pre-requirement.



For his/her research activities, the successful candidate will be affiliated with the Centre de Recherches
Internationales (Centre for International Studies, CERI). S/he will be expected to develop innovative individual research projects and to contribute to collective research programs at CERI, in particular by taking initiatives aimed at strengthening cooperation within international academic networks.

Over the past decades, CERI has developed a specific approach to the study of IR, which relies on the use of sociological traditions and is marked by its openness towards normative issues. Today, this approach is still present within the centre’s Research Axis 1, “Actors and levels of regulation in world politics”, which the successful candidate is expected to join. Connections and collaborations could also be established with the Chair of Excellence in security studies and/or the CERI research group on multilateral action.


Annual teaching duties are 128 master class-equivalent (CM) hours that can be divided into three 24-hour master classes and 56 CM hours of complementary pedagogical services (1 CM hour = 6.3 hours) at the three levels of teaching offered by Sciences Po: college (on one of the seven Sciences Po campuses), Master’s, and doctoral.

Candidates will have to demonstrate their ability to teach general courses in International Relations, and their willingness to contribute to the supervision of doctoral theses.

Deadline for applications: January 10th, 2018

For more info see here

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