Tuesday 22

Several job opportunities (Ethics; EU R&I Policy; Applied Ethics; Science communication & science museums; Science policy & higher education; Education & Health; Urban Food Systems & public participation; RRI; Gender Studies; Ethics of Technology)

Posted by RRI Tools on 22 May 2018

  •  Research Analyst or Senior Research Analyst with expertise in ethics at Trilateral Research (London)

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 immediately a Research Analyst or Senior Research Analyst with expertise in ethics.

The successful candidate will have some expertise in one or more of the following fields:

  • Applied ethics
  • Ethics assessment of technology
  • Responsible research and innovation (RRI)

The post-holder will be expected to liaise with project partners and clients 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.

It will be a plus if the candidate has a good understanding of the ethical, legal (including human rights issues), socio-economic issues related to artificial intelligence,  big data analytics and related emerging technologies.

Specific job responsibilities include:

  • Performing research work related to current projects, writing case studies, reports or sections of reports, policy briefs and developing other deliverables as required to fulfil contractual obligations.
  • Researching and writing content for grant proposals and tender submissions.
  • Writing content for peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, as part of projects, or as an outgrowth from projects.
  • Carrying out empirical research and contribute to the preparation and writing of deliverables (reports).
  • If necessary, attending and/or presenting at conferences and workshops, involving occasional travel outside the UK.
  • Undertaking any other special projects that may be established as a priority by the Directors for purposes of advancing either business development or fulfilment activities.

We will process on a rolling basis and earlier candidates will be considered first.

For more info see here

  • Research Advisor (National Contact Point NCP) for the European Research & Innovation Programme Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) at the Euresearch Network Office in Bern

Euresearch is an information and advisory service on the European Research and Innovation Framework Programmes. It is organised as an association and is supported by the federal government. Euresearch has a Network Office in Bern and Offices all over Switzerland

Starting Date: 1 September 2018 or upon agreement.

In this role you will inform and advise researchers and other clients from the public as well as from the private sector in Switzerland on funding and partnering opportunities offered by the European Framework Programme for Research & Innovation (Horizon 2020) and related initiatives.

Your main activities will be:

  • obtaining, processing and disseminating information related to the Horizon 2020 programme Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions on various channels (Euresearch Network, website, social media, etc.)
  • advising and training active or potential clients individually and in groups with regard to these programmes and activities (such as giving trainings or commenting on draft proposals to be submitted)
  • reaching out to and maintaining good contacts with individual clients as well as with the relevant institutional stakeholders at national and international level

The ideal candidate holds a PhD, has gained research experience as a postdoc or in the private sector, and has a sound knowledge of the research landscape in Switzerland.

We expect very good knowledge of German, French and English (oral and written), good social skills and work ethics, especially during busy periods. You are a team player, at ease in a multicultural environment, and able to adapt the Euresearch services to the clients’ needs. The place of work is Bern, and the position will involve national and
international travel activities of approximately 15%.

Deadline for applications: 25 May 2018.

For more info see here
  • Assistant Professor of Applied Ethics at Radboud University (Nijmegen)

​In the near future, the process of digitisation will change our society even more radically, and will assume an even greater significance. There is a steady increase in the influence of algorithms on governmental and professional decisions. Transport, communication, privacy, health, safety and warfare have already undergone a thorough transformation. The ethical standards surrounding all these issues are under pressure, and must in some cases be invented anew. As a member of the Practical Philosophy chair, you, our new Assistant Professor of Applied Ethics, will be involved in education and research, as well as in administrative duties at the levels of the faculty and the chair. You will teach ethics at all levels of the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes at our own and at other faculties, and also supervise students doing internships or Master’s theses. 
  
In addition to teaching, you will be involved in educational development at both faculty and programme levels. Moreover, you will be actively involved in research at the Center for Contemporary European Philosophy (CCEP), in particular into ethical issues surrounding the above-mentioned issues, and contribute to the acquisition of externally financed research projects.

Application deadline: 27 May 2018

For more info see here

  • Marketing and Communications Manager at Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin 

Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin is looking to appoint a visionary, talented, creative and experienced Marketing and Communications Manager to attract, engage, inspire and develop an audience expected to exceed 350,000 per annum. 

As the Marketing and Communications Manager, you will work primarily on the development and implementation of all marketing and communications activity for Science Gallery Dublin, with a particular emphasis on deepening digital engagement and innovation. Science Gallery is a communications-led organisation with a high level of marketing, content development and social media skills and activity distributed throughout the team. Therefore, you will act as
the project manager for marketing-led projects, enlisting the expertise and building dynamic project-focused teams around you as required, but also on a support basis on other projects where you, will, in turn act as a consulting expert.

You will report to the Director of Science Gallery and work closely with the Operations Manager, Programme Manager, Educational Manager, Technical Manager and Development team. This position plays a key role in creating organisational alignment across audience development and engagement objectives, it brings together the activities of the institution, ensuring that they are communicated with the Science Gallery voice and within the brand guidelines. You will work directly with communications, marketing and fundraising teams at Trinity College Dublin. You will also form a strong relationship and collaborate regularly with Science Gallery International, the organisation established in 2012 with the goal of establishing a network of Science Gallery nodes worldwide.

You will have a proven track record in youth communications, a contemporary interpretation of marketing and branding, with particular emphasis on the potential of digital to transform audience engagement, as well as a fearless appetite for experimentation, a hacker spirit, an ability to promote advocacy, and both strong local and international networks. You will have extensive management experience, working within organisations that require flexibility and an understanding of the culture of the organisation as a whole. You may have gained this in a cultural or non-profit setting, but may also have worked in a commercial environment. You will have a knowledge of the public affairs environment, as well as a demonstrated ability to support internal communications initiatives.

Closing Date: Wednesday 30th May 2018

For more info see here

  • Project and Policy Officer (Research and Innovation) at the European University Association (EUA) in Brussels

​EUA is seeking to recruit a motivated professional to implement a wide range of university-related activities aimed at strenghening the capacity of universities in the field of research and innovation and their representation at European policy level. The position involves gathering information from the EUA membership and other relevant sources, the organisation of meetings and events and building relationships with external partners to provide evidence-based support for policy development. The work relates specifically to the implementation of activities in the framework of Open Science including the EUA Roadmap on Research Assessment, the EUA Roadmap on Open Access, citizens’ science and the engagement of universities in this area.

The role and tasks of the Policy Officer, reporting to the R&I Director, include:

  • Gathering, processing and analysis of information from EUA membership and other relevant sources for evidence-based policy development. This may include, for example, survey implementation, data analysis and reporting, contributing to the development of project proposals, implementation of their activities and management, including budgetary matters and reports;
  • Liaising with EUA members and relevant outside partners;
  • Preparing and organising events and meetings;
  • Producing information material both within the R&I activities and projects, and for outside partners, e.g., EUA website, newsletters;
  • Contributing to the development of EUA R&I, evidence-based policy work and positions;
  • Assisting and representing EUA at internal and external meetings and events;
  • Other tasks as requested.

Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Deadline: 31 May 2018

For more info see here

  • Education Programme Manager at EIT Health (London)

Are you an energetic, proactive educational programme manager who wants to help drive innovation in the healthcare system?

EIT Health is one of the largest healthcare initiatives worldwide. We are a public-private partnership between the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union, and more that 140 world leading organisations spanning key areas of healthcare, such as pharma, MedTech, payers, research institutions and universities.

The role is an exciting opportunity to work in the world’s largest network of health institutions to foster projects that inject an entrepreneurial approach into European healthcare education. Day-to-day this includes:

  • Supporting in the development, submission, evaluation and implementation of educational projects
  • Connecting academic and non-academic partners across Europe to develop innovative education proposals
  • Driving ET Health’s educational strategy throughout our partners
  • Working with a network of Education Programme Managers in Europe to connect partners throughout the network.

Deadline for applications: 3rd June 2018

For more info see here

  • ALLEA (All European Academies) is seeking a full time Head of Communications for the EU-funded project “Science Advice for Policy by the European Academies” (SAPEA)

  • Starting date: As soon as possible, ideally 1 July 2018
  • End date: 31 October 2020 (provisional termination of SAPEA grant)
  • Location: Brussels, Belgium 

About SAPEA

Spanning the disciplines of engineering, humanities, medicine, natural sciences and social sciences, SAPEA is a Consortium of five European Academy Networks (Academia Europaea, ALLEA, EASAC, Euro-Case, FEAM) that brings together the outstanding knowledge and expertise from over 100 academies, young academies and learned societies in over 40 countries across Europe. 

Working closely with the European Commission Group of Chief Scientific Advisors, SAPEA provides timely, independent and evidence-based scientific expertise for the highest policy level in Europe and for the wider public. SAPEA is part of the European Commission Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) which provides independent scientific advice to the College of European Commissioners to support their decision making. 

The project is funded through a grant from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme running from November 2016-October 2020.

Main duties and responsibilities

The Communications work of SAPEA is central to the Consortium’s activities. The HC will lead the Communications Office, which will disseminate SAPEA’s outputs and build outreach and awareness of SAPEA’s work, including via relevant media channels. He/she will work with the European Academy Networks, their member academies, and the European Commission to communicate the Consortium’s work to key audiences, helping to promote public awareness and transparency. This position is responsible for maintaining the SAPEA corporate identity, and for curating and administering the Consortium’s website and social media presence. 

The HC’s responsibilities and tasks include in particular: 

  • Develop and deliver public engagement activities in a range of formats; ensure that the Consortium’s activities are communicated efficiently and effectively to target audiences, including influential stakeholder groups, and act as the first line of information for all enquiries from the media, representing the Consortium’s interests and policy positions accurately and responsibly at all times;
  • Manage the effective planning and delivery of the Consortium’s news output in close cooperation with the Scientific Advice Mechanism Unit of the European Commission;
  • Manage the budget for communications work and deliver all communications activity within agreed budgets;
  • Build relationships with journalists and other multipliers to increase understanding of the Consortium’s work and the value of scientific advice in general; develop ideas for stories, features and broadcasts as well as other forms of public engagement activities that showcase the work of the Consortium;
  • Manage a network of contacts, including science academies, partner networks, EU institutions’ communications offices and other relevant scientific stakeholders, and disseminate information about the Consortium’s work to these contacts, e.g. via a regular newsletter or other forms of dissemination;
  • Research new media contacts as appropriate for the Consortium’s work, in cooperation with member academies;
  • Manage and maintain the Consortium website, social media accounts, and the project’s on-line database of reports; coordinate, upload, update and manage content provided by, or produced in close cooperation with, others in the Consortium;
  • Attend meetings of the Consortium’s Board and Coordination Team and work closely together with SAPEA’s Senior Scientific Policy Officer, Coordinator, and Scientific Policy Officers. Regularly and directly report to the Consortium’s Board about the progress of the communications work, compiling press coverage for reporting purposes;
  • Provide advice and guidance (e.g. regarding the media strategy of a proposed action). Support and assist the Consortium Chair, Board Members, working group members and speakers in their interactions with the media;
  • Prepare the Consortium’s print publications, liaising with designers and layouters, as well as the providing metadata for reports.
  • Proofread all SAPEA publications prior to publication

Deadline for applications: 4 June 2018

For more info see here

  • Researcher with interest in community-led initiatives to an international research project at the University of Sheffield’s Urban Institute

Mistra Urban Futures is a research and knowledge center with headquarter in Gothenburg. It is funded by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (Mistra), the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) and a regional consortium of seven organisations in the Gothenburg City-Region.

Mistra Urban Futures aims to support the development of cities that are fair, green and accessible through local co-production partnerships – called Local Interaction Platforms - and international comparative research. The collaboration framework, Realising Just Cities, provides a shared orientation under which local hosts and partners across different sectors can develop transformative activities for sustainable urbanisation.

As part of comparative research between different Local Interaction Platforms, Sheffield-Manchester has initiated a project called ‘Self-Organising Action for Food Equity’ (SAFE). It is led by Dr Nick Taylor Buck at the University of Sheffield’s Urban Institute. The University of Sheffield hosts and co-finances the Sheffield-Manchester Local Interaction Platform (SMLIP) working across the Sheffield and Greater Manchester city-regions in the UK.

The SAFE project is using the urban food system as a lens for self-organising governance systems. Sheffield, Greater Manchester and Gothenburg are at pivotal points regarding their food systems, as all are about to embark on the development of comprehensive food strategies. An important aspect of the Gothenburg component of the SAFE project is to reciprocate with the goals of Gothenburg’s Applied Food Strategy (AFS), currently a testbed of the EU funded project Urban Rural Gothenburg (Stadslandet Göteborg) supported by Mistra Urban Futures Gothenburg platform.

A mixed peer Action Research Team (ART) will be convened in each of the three participating cities – Sheffield, Oldham/Manchester and Gothenburg. As a Research associate you will be responsible for convening and managing the ART in Gothenburg. The Gothenburg component of the SAFE project will be connected to Urban Rural Gothenburg. Urban Rural Gothenburg aims to achieve socio-economic sustainability through improved conditions for green innovation and green business development between the city and the countryside.

Major responsibilities

The primary task of the researcher is to support the research project through the Gothenburg case. You will work with relevant academic and non-academic partners to synthesise a rangeof knowledge forms through a variety of activities including desk-based reviews, literature reviews, interviews, learning visits to community-led initiatives in Gothenburg and convening talks, workshops and other knowledge exchange events.

The researcher will also create and lead a special Action Research Team (ART) in Gothenburg for the project, which will liaise directly with similar ARTs in Sheffield and Manchester.

Lastly, an important aspect of the research project is to reciprocate with the goals of Gothenburg’s Applied Food Strategy (AFS), currently a testbed of the project Urban Rural Gothenburg. As such, the task of the researcher is to work closely with the sustainability strategist responsible for the AFS to make sure that the research project delivers continuously in the applicative dimension.

A prerequisite is the possibility to travel as part of the job between Sweden and the UK occationally.

Position summary

Part-time temporary employment from 15th of August 2018 until 31st of December 2019. We primarily target persons employed by Chalmers or Gothenburg University, with opportunity to take on the assignment within their original employment position, in agreement with responsible manager. In that case, Mistra Urban Futures finances salary costs including social security costs and OH expenses up to 35 percent, in accordance with the agreement between Mistra Urban Futures and Mistra (Dnr C 2016-0508). Potential excess of OH expenses are funded by the home department.

Qualifications

We are looking for a researcher with a PhD in a relevant area of study, with a specific interest in community-led initiatives, for instance around food justice. Since the project involves both sociological and technological aspects of knowledge creation, we particularly welcome STS scholars. It is meritorious if you have experience of working with action research or similar forms of participatory research or co-production of knowledge.

It is desirable that you have the ability to work independently, but also that you can analyse and solve problems collectively. Since you will create and lead a mixed peer Action Research Team, the ability to communicate effectively with people at varying levels of seniority and across sectors is desirable. Experience of organising and facilitating different forms of knowledge exchange is also desirable.

Application deadline: 9 of June 2018

For more info see here

  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Global Sustainability Institute (GSI) - Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge)

​The Global Sustainability Institute (GSI) was established by Anglia Ruskin University in 2011 as part of our University commitment to sustainability in research, teaching and operations. We’re looking to recruit an exceptional Post-Doctoral Research Fellow to support the EU H2020 RRING (‘Responsible Research and Innovation Networking Globally’) project which launched in May 2018 and will end in April 2021. You’ll be responsible for supporting a desk-based study of state-of-the-art governance approaches to Responsible Research & Innovation in the context of 7 different key geographies across the world, and with regard to energy, water management, digital/ICT and the bio-economy. 

With a degree plus a PhD or Professional Doctorate, you’ll have excellent advocacy and interpersonal skills, as well as a track record initiating or contributing to collaborative projects. You’ll also have a keen interest in being interdisciplinary, with the ability to critically engage with literatures spanning e.g. Responsible Research & Innovation, Development, Justice, Sustainability Science, Gender, Science Education, Ethics, Public Engagement, and/or Innovation Studies. You’ll also have the ability to work independently with limited supervision. 

Whilst initially 9 months in duration, there is a possibility that this contract will be extended. 

Closing Date - 10 June 2018 

For more info see here

  • Project and Policy Assistant (full time/ maternity cover) at the European University Association (EUA)

​EUA is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic project & policy assistant for a ten-month maternity cover within its
Institutional Development Unit. The contract should start in the second half of July 2018 and a training period
is foreseen.

The role:

  • Ensure the timely execution of the Institutional Evaluation Programme’s (IEP) evaluations from the contracting phase to the closing report, including the coordination of logistical aspects of site visits by high-level experts to institutions across Europe;
  • Organise meetings and events in co-operation with local hosts;
  • Contribute to developing project proposals, implementing on-going projects and reporting on them;
  • Provide administrative support for day-to-day unit activities and projects, such as booking travels for the unit staff, managing expense claims, filing and correspondence;
  • Represent EUA at events.
  • The role entails some occasional travelling within Europe.

Deadline: 15 June 2018.

For more info see here

  • Research fellow in Gender Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences - University of Stavanger 

The University of Stavanger invites applications for a PhD position/research fellow in Gender Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences. The employee will be affiliated with the Network for Gender Studies.

This is a trainee position that will give promising researchers an opportunity for academic development leading to a doctoral degree. Appointment is for three years with research duties only or four years with research and 25% compulsory duties. This will be decided in the recruitment process. The position is vacant from August 1, 2018.

The research area for the position is the posthuman turn, which have impacted theory development in the field of feminist and gender studies in recent years. Central to the research area are critical perspectives on structural (in)equality in a globalised world, climate change, the welfare state, ethics and knowledge production. The position is relevant for theoretical development within adjoining fields of study, such as queer ecologies, crip theory & disability studies, decolonial studies, energy, environment and society, critical race studies, monster studies (feminist) philosophy of science, social sciences and cultural studies.

We invite applicants to outline a project proposal concerning the posthuman turn in gender studies. Potential approaches are:

  • Knowledge production: How can posthuman perspectives contribute to a potential renegotiation of epistemology and ontology in our time? Relevant cases are for example recent developments in feminist philosophy of science or studies of such negotiations in speculative fiction.
  • Identity and belonging: the posthuman turn challenges conventional structures of difference and differentiation. Relevant case studies are for example how these challenges manifest in political debates, popular culture or media landscapes.
  • The welfare state and welfare technologies: increasing use of technology in the care, health and welfare sector accentuate ethical and political challenges concerning user participation and demands for more efficient services. Relevant case studies are for example technology-mediated care practices, such as the care robot or reproductive assistance.
  • Biotechnology and ethics: what kinds of possibilities can a posthuman perspective offer to contemporary ethical debates about the sorting society and body modfication? Relevant case studies are for example egg donation and fetal diagnostics.
  • Climate change and sustainable development: in what ways are ideas and discourses about the posthuman negotiated, and in which contexts? Relevant cases are for example normcritical perspectives on climate politics, animal welfare and food politics.

Applicants are asked to supply a project proposal of max. 5 pages.

Deadline for applications: 18th of June

For more info see here

  •  Full Professor Ethics of Technology at the Philosophy and Ethics group at Eindhoven University of Technology

​The Philosophy and Ethics group at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands seeks a full professor in Ethics of Technology, with specific interests in ethical issues concerning smart systems, robotics and artificial intelligence.

Institutional Setting 

The position is embedded in the Philosophy & Ethics (P&E) group at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). The group is part of the School of Innovation Sciences, one of the two schools of the Department of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences (IE&IS). Research at TU/e concerns key new technologies. The university is aware of the implications these technologies can have for human lives and society, including their potential to advance or to compromise the values we cherish as a society (e.g. fairness, privacy, justice). Incorporating these values in the design and development of new technologies requires active contributions by researchers in the social sciences and humanities as well as scientists working in the engineering domains. The department of IE&IS forms the heart of the university’s commitment to the social sciences and humanities in preparing future engineers for the challenges of tomorrow.

Research at the School of Innovation Sciences is currently organized into three groups: (1) Human-Technology Interaction; (2) Philosophy & Ethics; (3) Technology, Innovation & Society. In all groups, research concerns how humans and societies bring about technological change, and how technological innovations change society and human behaviour. To investigate the many mutual interactions between humans, society and technology, research spans across fields such as cognitive and social psychology, history and philosophy of technology, and economics of innovation. The aim is to contribute both to research in the humanities and social sciences, and to the design and governance of technological innovations by all relevant stakeholders.

Research in the P&E group takes place at the interface between fundamental philosophical issues and the real-world problems that arise from the design, implementation, use and regulation of innovative technologies. Research areas to which the P&E group primarily seeks to contribute are: (applied) ethics, meta-ethics, philosophy of science and technology, epistemology, and metaphysics. Relevant areas of application include medical technology, energy systems, and robotics. Philosophical research in the group is informed by empirical work on design, use and innovation, including the social, psychological and economic mechanisms that shape these activities; hence multidisciplinary cooperation is integral to it.

Research

The full professor is expected to do research in the broad field of ethics of technology, at the interface between fundamental philosophical issues and problems arising in the design, implementation, use and regulation of technology. Sample issues include: How can we see to it that emerging and converging technologies and infrastructures express our considered moral judgments and widely endorsed public values? How can we assess our technologies in the light of public moral values like sustainability, autonomy, safety, justice, privacy, and fairness? How are our norms and values affected by technological developments? The research by the full professor should offer original, internationally recognized ways of addressing these issues, with good opportunities for acquiring external funding and establishing multi-disciplinary collaborations.

Specifically, the full professor should have a track record of research in information ethics, or show high potential for developing research lines on ethical issues concerning smart systems, robotics and artificial intelligence. TU/e wishes to further strengthen its profile as a centre for excellent research on the information-driven society. The full professor is expected to make an active contribution to this in the context of TU/e’s Strategic Areas (Energy, Health, Smart Mobility) and research centres, such as the High-Tech Systems Centre, the Data Science Centre and the Centre for Humans and Technology.

Teaching

The P&E group is responsible for a large number of courses in the TU/e Bachelor College as well as in the Graduate School. The full professor is expected to strengthen the humanities component in academic curricula at TU/e and represent the social sciences and humanities in discussions regarding TU/e’s educational profile. S/he will take the lead in developing, coordinating and teaching courses in which ethical theories and concepts are applied to technology design and implementation.

Management

The full professor will contribute to leading the P&E research program and the P&E group. S/he will serve in group-, school-, and university-level committees and help to strengthen the department's Strategic Themes and the university’s Strategic Areas. S/he will contribute to the management of the 4TU.Centre for Ethics of Technology, which is currently coordinated by the P&E group.

The academic culture in the P&E group is characterized by collegial decision-making, and strong collaboration at the group-, school- and university level; the managerial style of the full professor should reflect this.

Tasks

  • Conducts internationally leading research in ethics and technology
  • Contributes actively to strengthening TU/e’s research on the information-driven society
  • Initiates, acquires funding for, and leads (multidisciplinary) research projects
  • Strengthens TU/e’s Research Centres and Strategic Areas
  • Communicates with societal stakeholders and the general public about ethics research
  • Teaches courses in the Bachelor College and Graduate School at TU/e
  • Initiates and participates in course development
  • Plays a leading role in, and represents the humanities- and social-science component in the Bachelor College
  • Serves in management of P&E, the 4TU Centre for Ethics and Technology and IE&IS as needed

Deadline for applications: June 23, 2018

For more info see here


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