The Rathenau Instituut has a vacancy for a PhD position as part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network, PROTECT – ‘Protecting Personal Data Amidst Big Data Innovation’ (funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action grant agreement No. 813497).
Contact: Mrs. L. Kool MA
Application deadline: August 20th 2019
Objectives: The PROTECT network will investigate methods to protect rights and interests of individuals (e.g. public values) impacted by the continuous large-scale collecting and analyzing of personal data, while still enabling society to benefit from rapid digital innovation. The PhD candidate will contribute to building tools that can assess legal and ethical risks, connected to complex personal data flows emerging from heterogeneous data sources. In particular, she/he will study social and ethical innovation assessment methods for use in entrepreneurial start-up and accelerator environments, where agile software and data-driven development are the norm. She/he will also develop public policy advice thereon.
Expected Results: The research will result in ethical assessment support tools and guidelines suited to lightweight implementation by fast-moving and resource limited technology innovation teams. Guidelines and tools will be prepared for use by innovation practitioners and will be trialed with innovation teams in the ADAPT Centre, where next generation digital technologies are developed, and in the Dublin start-up community. They will be designed to be an input into responsible, value-driven innovation policies at the national and/or European level.
The position includes three secondments:
At University of Twente, Enschede, (Prof. P. Brey), to study the role of public values in the EU innovation ethics guidelines (3 months);
At Dublin City University (Prof. B. Gordijn), to study the role of public values in connection to digital selfs and personalized data tools (2 months);
At the Impacter Development Centre, Dublin, (Szilvia Szabó), to work on promotion of value-driven innovation in the Dublin start-up community (1 month).
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The PROTECT consortium and project
PROTECT is an international, interdisciplinary and cross academic-industry training network hosted across Ireland, the Netherlands, Spain and Belgium. It is recruiting 14 Early Stage Researchers (ESR) to undertake research towards PhDs in the disciplines of law, ethics or computer science, with the common goal of Protecting Personal Data Amidst Big Data Innovation. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action (MSCA) grant agreement No. 813497.
The Horizon 2020 MSCA ITN programme offers an attractive and competitive salary and working conditions. You will receive a living allowance along with a monthly mobility allowance - and where applicable an additional family allowance - as well as funding for research travel, equipment, materials and training. You will be supported by a supervisory team drawn from across the PROTECT network. In addition to pursuing individual PhD research, you will benefit from a rich interdisciplinary, international and joint academic-industry training programme. This will consist of secondments to other academic and industry partners, local university PhD training programmes, and a dedicated PROTECT training programme to develop skills in interdisciplinary research, responsible research and innovation, public engagement and communication, research commercialisation, intellectual property, and applying for research funding.
Work location in The Netherlands
The Hague, Rathenau Instituut Enschede, University of Twente
For information on the position, please contact mrs. L. Kool MA (firstname.lastname@example.org). In the period August 1st till August 20th, please contact dr. P.J.M. Diederen (email@example.com).
Application deadline: August 20th 2019
Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by the end of August.
You have an MA in philosophy, social sciences or science and technology studies with a clear interest in social and ethical aspects of technology. In addition you (have)
excellent analytical and empirical skills
an interest in practical applications of social and ethical analysis of the computer and information sciences
English language skills, both in writing and speaking
(Basic) Dutch language skills, preferably both in writing and speaking; or the competence and the willingness to learn Dutch
Good social and communication skills in academic as well as non-academic contexts
The ability to work independently and the willingness to collaborate in multidisciplinary setting with project participants and partners from different countries and diverse backgrounds
Fulfil the definition of an Early-Stage Researcher (ESR) set by the European Commission: At the time of recruitment by the host you are in the first 4 years (full- time equivalent research experience) of your research career and have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree. This is measured from the date when you obtain the degree that formally entitles you to embark on a doctorate (either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which you are recruited, even if a doctorate was never started or envisaged). So again, you should not have a PhD at the time you apply, and you should not have had more than 4 years of full-time research appointments after the year in which you became eligible to become a PhD student in your home country.
Condition of employment
The initial appointment will be for a period of one year. After a positive evaluation, the appointment will be extended for another two years. The gross monthly salary will be between € 2,325 (year 1) and € 2,835 (year 3) at a fulltime appointment (scale P of CAO Dutch Universities). Benefits include pension contribution, annual holiday premium of 8% and an end-of-year premium of 8.3%. Non-Dutch nationals may be eligible for a substantial tax break (30% ruling).
Applicants should have the right to work in the Netherlands for the duration of the contract. As part of an equal opportunity scheme, women and LGBTI people are encouraged to apply.
Before applying please read the criteria below:
You are required to undertake physical, transnational mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up your appointment.
You must not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of your host organizations (i.e. The Netherlands for the advertised positions above) for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to your recruitment. So potential applicants who have carried out their main activity in The Netherlands since August 2016 are not eligible. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account. Note that the mobility rule applies to the (first) beneficiary where you are recruited, and not to beneficiaries to which you are sent or seconded.
Please send a letter of application including
• full name
• contact details
• summary of activities in the three years prior to August 2019
• summary of education
• a writing sample (for example, a copy of your MA thesis)
• a summary and table of contents of your MA thesis (if applicable)
• examples (max. 3) demonstrating your prior achievements in research, enquiry or debate, e.g. published papers, standards of policy contributions or MA thesis • a covering letter explaining why you are interested in the position, what qualifies you; the letter should also include names and e-mail addresses/telephone numbers of at least two persons for references
Your application can be emailed to Mrs. H.M. Labots, HR consultant, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The first round of job interviews will be held on 27 August or 28 August, the second round on 2 September 2019.
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