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PhD Position: How Data-driven Technologies Lead to Value Change in the Justice Domain

Tilburg University

The introduction of data-driven technological innovations has raised the question of how to ensure that core values in the justice domain can be upheld, for instance by investing in “by design” approaches and Responsible Innovation practices. One of the implicit assumptions of these approaches is that what values boil down to is rather stable and that the challenge predominantly lies in the integration of existing values into technological practices. In the domain of philosophy and ethics of technology, there is however an increasing acceptance that values are dynamic and susceptible to change. This project takes as its starting point that if we want to develop ADS and AI practices that adhere to public values, it is essential to understand how these public values change with the introduction of data-driven technologies.

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Profile of the candidate

The candidate for this position has a (research) master’s degree in philosophy or ethics of technology, Science and Technology Studies, public administration or a related field. The candidate has a strong affinity with the above topics and in working together with a team of people from different disciplines including an interest to learn and work with empirical social science or digital methods in combination with conceptual analysis. 

Furthermore you have:

  • Proven academic interest in questions regarding algorithmic applications and digital society;

  • Interest in working in a very interdisciplinary, cross-university environment;

  • Interest in contributing to and helping to create the broader algosoc research community;

  • An excellent written and spoken command of English (written and spoken command of other languages, including Dutch, French, and/or German is a plus);

  • Affinity with organising workshops, lecture series, and similar events. 


If the vacancy appeals to you, but you are doubting whether you might be THE person we are looking for, please do apply. We encourage all qualified applicants, including minorities, women, people with disabilities, and members of other groups underrepresented in academia to apply. We wish to create a consortium that consists of persons who each contribute in their unique way to the team. Complementarity and not homogeneity is what we are looking for.  

Developing a societal vision on automated decision making concerns us all. We believe that a diversity of perspectives in our consortium will be important in developing an inclusive societal vision and strive therefore also in our hiring policy for encouraging applicants from diverse backgrounds. We are committed to creating an environment of mutual respect, inclusiveness, equal opportunities with room for situated experiences, diverse perspectives, and ideas to flourish. This commitment applies to our research, organisation, room for flexibility, training, and community activities as well as our hiring strategy. 

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