PhD in Philosophy and Ethics of Technology

TU/e in affiliation with the Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies (ESDiT) research consortium is looking for a PhD student to research the social and ethical dimensions of content generation technologies (PhD in Philosophy and Ethics of Technology). 

Today content generation technologies (CGT) are further upending concepts of originality – creativity and authorship – ownership. AI driven GPT-3 can create text and formulate arguments. Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs), such as DALL-E 2, can produce realistic artworks in the style of particular artists. Next to conceptual disruptions, CGT also raise many ethical issues surrounding ownership of intellectual property, trustworthiness and overreliance, and reproduction of human biases in GPT-3 generated texts.

This PhD project takes a critical look at the way CGTs affect the interrelated concepts of originality and creativity on the one hand, and authorship and ownership on the other, and explore the ethical implications of CGT and AI-supported acts of creativity and authorship.

Duration: 4 years


  • A gross monthly salary of (min. €2,541 max. €3,247).
  • A year-end bonus of 8.3% and annual vacation pay of 8%.
  • High-quality training programs and other support to grow into a self-aware, autonomous scientific researcher. At TU/e we challenge you to take charge of your own learning process.
  • An excellent technical infrastructure, on-campus children’s day care and sports facilities.
  • An allowance for commuting, working from home and internet costs.
  • Family-friendly initiatives are in place, such as an international spouse program, and excellent on-campus children day care and sports facilities.
  • A Staff Immigration Team and a tax compensation scheme (the 30% facility) for international candidates.

Job Requirements

They seek applicants with the following qualifications:

  • A master’s degree (or an equivalent university degree) in philosophy.
  • A research oriented attitude.
  • Ability to work in a team and interested in collaborating with artists and industry stakeholders.
  • Fluent in spoken and written English.
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Application Process

Interested applicants are welcome to apply for the PhD in Philosophy and Ethics of Technology with the following documents.

  • Cover letter describing their motivation and qualifications for the position.
  • Curriculum vitae and the contact information of three references.
  • Brief description of their MSc thesis.
  • One-page motivation statement, elaborating on their ideas for this project
  • Writing sample

To apply for the PhD in Philosophy and Ethics of Technologyclick here.

Deadline: May 17, 2023.

For more information on the PhD in Philosophy and Ethics of Technology, visit the official site.

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