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Message posted on 04/04/2021

vacancy of Postdoctoral Researcher “Individual and Collective Action and Responsibility" - TU Eindhoven, the Netherlands

TU Eindhoven has a vacancy of Postdoctoral Researcher Individual and
Collective Action and Responsibility.
You find more information below and here:
Gunter Bombaerts

Job description
The aim of this project is to analyse the role of individual and collective
action in situations in which groups are being nudged to behave in a desired
way. The philosophy project will develop insights from system
philosophy/philosophy of collective agency and ethics of technology to
understand the phenomenon of crowd nudging and to improve socially responsible
nudging of crowds.
The systems philosophy postdoctoral researcher will closely work together with
one postdoctoral researcher in psychology, one in social physics, and other
researchers in the three disciplines. She/he will bring in the systems
philosophy in the mix being sensitive to the two other disciplines in three
steps. The philosophy/ethics postdoc researcher will design her/his research
to develop a theoretical system model for understanding individual and
collective agency and responsibility in crowd behaviour, to use the crowd
dynamics measurements for empirical justification of her/his model, and to
developed interventions that are morally acceptable and that optimise
individual and collective responsibility in the train stations.
Parallel with the research, you will be part of the Physics of Social
Systems learning line (three courses totalling
15 ECTS) in which students work on similar topics following an innovative
approach. The student work is expected to be input to the postdocs research.
The education percentage is negotiable, but expected around 25%.
SRCrowd Project.
The philosophy post-project is part of the interdisciplinary SRCrowd research
The SRCrowd research project will analyse the different roles individual and
collective agency play when crowds in train stations are nudged towards more
responsible behaviour. The project will involve social physicists,
psychologists, and system philosophers. The social physicists have already set
up innovative multi-scale crowd dynamics measurements that enable individual,
high-accuracy, dynamic pedestrian tracking. Psychologists will start from the
individuals angle and philosophers will start from the system angle to
describe together crowd phenomenon. The overall project will consist of
developing the necessary conceptualizations, modelling the crowd phenomenon
and performing and studying the effects of nudging individuals/crowds towards
responsibility in an ethically acceptable way.
Job requirements
We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher able to perform the above tasks.
We consider the following competencies and/or requirements as relevant:

  *   eager to work in a dynamic, interdisciplinary research team;
  *   strong interest in system philosophy (Luhmann, Bateson,..) or other
theories of collective action;
  *   interest to show the importance of collective agency and
  *   interested in both the theoretical elaboration of a system model as well
as the empirical justification. For this, also;
  *   interest in in-depth collaboration with the other disciplines and
activities present in the project: modelling, nudging, collecting data on
ethical acceptability of the crowd nudging and views on responsibility;
  *   PhD in philosophy or applied ethics; candidates with other relevant
background (sociology, psychology ) are also welcome to apply, provided their
interests and abilities match the strong conceptual focus of the project;
  *   proven ability to conduct high-quality academic research, demonstrated
by relevant publication(s); and
  *   excellent mastering of the English language and good communication
skills. Note that there is no Dutch language requirement.
Conditions of employment

  *   A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university with the
possibility to present your work at international conferences.
  *   A full-time employment for 2 years.
  *   You will have free access to high-quality training
programs for research and valorization,  professional development courses
for PhD students, and didactical courses of the TEACH training program.
  *   A gross monthly salary between 3,353 and 4,402 and benefits in
accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities.
  *   A broad package of fringe benefits (including an excellent technical
infrastructure, moving expenses, and savings schemes).
  *   Family-friendly
initiatives are in place, such as an international spouse program, and excellent
on-campus children day care and sports facilities.
Information and application
Your application should contain the following documents:

  *   a letter of application explaining (1) your interest in the position,
(2) your qualifications for it, (3) names and contact information of two
persons willing to provide references; and (4) an elaboration how you want to
develop the system philosophy or collective action research (Which focus would
you like to make in your research? What would be your personal aim in your
research? );
  *   a curriculum vitae;
  *   a writing sample;
If you are interested, we invite you to apply before May 15, 2021. Interviews
will be held shortly thereafter. Please use the 'apply now' button to apply.
Please note that a maximum of 1 document can be uploaded, so if you have more
than 1 document you will have to combine them. Please do not send us
applications by e-mail.
Further information
For further information on the project and the position, please contact Gunter
Bombaerts (g.bombaerts[at]
More information about the Philosophy and Ethics Department at TU/e can be
found at
Information about the terms of employment can be obtained from Kim van
Puijenbroek, HR advisor (pz.ieis[at] ).  Further information about
Eindhoven University of Technology can be found at
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