Postdoc in Ethics of Autonomous Vehicles, With Special Attention To Ethical Analysis Of Human Factors In Trust In Autonomous Vehicle

The Philosophy Section of the University of Twente in the Netherlands is looking for a Postdoc in ethics of autonomous vehicles, with special attention to ethical analysis of human factors in trust in an autonomous vehicle.

The principal aim of this postdoc will be to develop ethical guidance tools for the assessment of trust in autonomous vehicles, to help engineers, designers, regulators, civil society organizations, and researchers in assessing the trustworthiness of autonomous vehicles, and of different components and elements in autonomous vehicle systems. This will involve, amongst others, the development of a ‘trust relationship tool’ that allows actors to identify trust relationships that exist, or are likely to emerge, between key stakeholders in autonomous vehicle systems. This tool will complement technical assessments of trust in autonomous vehicles by looking at human and social factors in trust.

This postdoc project will also develop a novel approach to the ethical assessment and guidance of autonomous vehicle systems, which will build in part on the abovementioned tools.


  • The gross salary is € 3.420,- to € 5.230,- per month, depending on experience.
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus. 
  • A traveling budget to TechEthos workshops and to international conferences. 
  • Excellent auxiliary terms of employment, such as professional and personal development programs; a secondary remuneration package; a dynamic environment with enthusiastic colleagues; and an organization focusing on internationalization and a high degree of responsibility and independence.

Job Requirements

Applicants must have a PhD in ethics, applied ethics, or a related field. In addition, they:

  • are familiar with issues in ethics by design, particularly autonomous vehicles, AI, cyber-physical systems or related, and have some familiarity with issues around privacy, expliciability in AI, or human agency and AI;
  • are familiar with approaches in ethics of technology, research ethics, and responsible research and innovation (RRI)
  • have good analytical skills;
  • have good English language skills, both written and spoken;
  • are interested in multidisciplinary collaboration;
  • have good social and communication skills in academic as well as non-academic contexts;
  • have an interest in policy and the practical applications of ethics;
  • are able to work independently, but also motivated to collaborate with others, including project participants and stakeholders from different countries and with different backgrounds.
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Application Process

Interested applicants should send their application, and include the following documents:

  • a cover letter that explains your interest in the position and your qualifications for it;
  • a curriculum vitae which includes the name and e-mail address/telephone number for at least two references.
  • either a summary and table of contents of your dissertation or the entire dissertation;
  • a writing sample (preferably a published article related to the position).

To apply, click here.

Application Deadline: June 17, 2022.

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