Postdoc Position in Responsible Design

University of Twente Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science


Job description

Within the University of Twente (UT), DesignLab is the home base of a research program in Responsible Design, aiming to connect technology development with societal challenges. To develop this interfaculty program, we are looking for a postdoc who will take the lead in developing this program, together with the Faculties of the UT, for a period of three years.

DesignLab is a platform for transdisciplinary collaboration and creativity that focuses on education and research in design research. We build creative and transdisciplinary connections between science and society through the Science2Design4Society approach. We contribute to tackling societal challenges and problems by translating scientific and technological developments into these challenges in an innovative way. The impact on society is key when developing solutions and products. For more information, see:

The challenge

In this position, you will

  • Develop the outline of the Responsible Design research program, in cooperation with the Responsible Design project team at the DesignLab;
  • Formulate research themes for Responsible Design, in cooperation with the Faculties of the UT;
  • Investigate funding opportunities for research projects around these themes;
  • Connect the research themes to the Responsible Design methodology that is developed within DesignLab;
  • Conduct research on Responsible Design in relation to the activities developed in DesignLab and publish about this.

Your profile

We are looking for

  • A highly motivated, positive and hardworking researcher (F/M) with a PhD degree in Design Research, Philosophy of Technology, and/or Science and Technology Studies.
  • You have demonstrable interest and/or experience in societal and ethical aspects of technology,
  • Good team spirit, excellent organizational skills and a transdisciplinary attitude,
  • Excellent communicative skills, both within academia and in relation to societal partners;
  • You like to work in an internationally oriented environment where many cultures meet.
  • Proficiency in English is a requirement.


Please include an application/motivation letter, emphasizing your specific interest, qualifications and motivation to apply for this position, a detailed CV (resume) and a publication list. You can apply until 1 July 2020.

For more information please contact Sabine Wildevuur ( or Peter-Paul Verbeek (

Our offer

The UT provides a dynamic and international environment, combining the benefits of academic research with a topic of high industrial relevance, excellent working conditions, an exciting scientific environment and a green and lively campus. We offer

  • A postdoc position for three years;
  • Full status as an employee at the UT, including pension and health care benefits;
  • Gross salary: ranging from € 3.255 to € 4.274 per month, plus holiday allowance (8%) and end-of-year bonus (8.3%);
  • Excellent facilities for professional and personal development;
  • Good secondary conditions, in accordance with the collective labour agreement CAO-NU for Dutch universities;
  • A green campus with lots of sports facilities and an international scientific community.

The organization

The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which leads change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university of the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. We have a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out groundbreaking research.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. Because of our diversity values we do particularly support women to apply.

The faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) comprises three disciplines that shape Information and Communication Technology. ICT is more than communication. In almost every product we use mathematics, electronics and computer technology and ICT now contributes to all of societies' activities. The faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. The research which enjoys a high profile both at home and internationally, has been accommodated in the multidisciplinary research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centra and Digital Society Institute.

In your application, please refer to