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Postdoc: Responsible Collection and Analysis of Personal Data for Justice and Security (extended deadline)

Postdoc: Responsible Collection and Analysis of Personal Data for Justice and
Security (extended deadline)

Faculty/department Technology, Policy and Management
Level PhD degree
Maximum employment 32 hours per week (0,8 FTE)
Duration of contract 23 months
Salary scale: maximum 4084 euros per month gross (scale 10) depending on
(work) experience

Technology, Policy and Management
The Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management contributes to sustainable
solutions for technical challenges in society by combining the insights from
engineering with the humanities and the social sciences.

The Department of Values, Technology and
Innovation (VTI) focuses on the value dimension of
comprehensive engineering, the overarching research theme of the Faculty of
Technology, Policy and Management (TPM). It uniquely comprises philosophers,
economists and risk scholars. It studies how to develop and diffuse
responsible technological innovations that reflect deeply held social and
moral values. The department is one of the largest groups in the world
studying value aspects, economics and risks for a wide range of sociotechnical
systems. The department plays a leading role nationally and internationally in
research in responsible innovation and design for values.

The Ethics and Philosophy of
Technology section
is one of three sections within the VTI Department. The section plays a
central role worldwide in research on ethics and philosophy of technology. The
section participates in the 4TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology, a
world-leading centre in the ethics of technology. The research of the section
covers a broad spectrum, ranging from applied research in collaboration with
engineering scholars, experimental and empirical ethics in collaboration with
social scientists, and foundational research in meta-ethics, risk theory,
methodology, ontology and philosophy of science, technology and design. The
ethics research programme focuses specifically on design for values, risk
ethics, and responsible innovation. The Ethics and Philosophy of Technology
section provides for service teaching at all engineering programs of TU Delft,
primarily in ethics but also in philosophy of engineering methodology and
philosophy of science.

Job description

The postdoc will study how transparency of data collection and handling can
best be dealt with in the context of justice and security; we will conduct
several case studies to provide recommendations to combine and balance
transparency with other values, such as accountability, security, fairness,
autonomy, accuracy and confidentiality. The research will be carried out by TU
Delft and TNO in close collaboration with the Ministry for Justice and

The research will focus on the (semi)automatic collection of large amounts of
data from different sources, on the (semi)automatic analysis of these data,
and on the practical application of the findings from these analyses ('in the
field'). Moreover, we will focus on the role of algorithms (Machine Learning
and Artificial Intelligence) and on their understandability, explainability,
accuracy and fairness-in order to be able to detect and combat, e.g., unwanted
biases or discrimination.

Part of the research will be conceptual; e.g., the clarification of relevant
values (e.g., transparency, accountability, security, fairness, accuracy,
confidentiality and autonomy) and of the ways in which these values play out
in the context of justice and security, and in relation to each other. Another
part of our research will be empirical and will be carried in close
collaborate with people form the Ministry's "Living Lab Big Data". Three case
studies will be carried out that focus on experiments in this Living Lab,
involving, e.g., workshops and interviews, and the development of scenarios,
demonstrators, and experiments.

We are looking for applicants with the following qualifications:

PhD degree in relevant discipline, like for example
philosophy, ethics, law or science and technology studies (STS) with a focus
on a relevant topic like ICT, privacy, or big data.

Good conceptual skills.

Preferably experience with empirical research.

Willingness to engage with relevant stakeholders like
the Ministry for Justice and Security.

Good organisational skills and ability to keep

Good English skills.

Proficiency of Dutch or willingness to acquire it.

Flexibility and readiness to work in teams.

Conditions of employment

TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health
insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution.
Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children's Centre
offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services
offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance
with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Information and application

For more information about this position, please contact Ibo van de Poel, A more detailed
description of the project is available on request. To apply, please e-mail a
detailed letter of application, a curriculum vitae including publication list,
the names and contact information of references and a sample of published
academic work by March, 19 to . When applying for
this position, please refer to vacancy number ATTBM 18.004.
Interviews with a limited number of applicants will presumably be held on 26
March 2018. The intended starting date is April 2018.
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