Job announcement: researcher (75%, TV-L, E13)

Job announcement as pdf

The International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW) at the University of Tübingen, Germany, is an interdisciplinary centre for research in application-oriented ethics. According to its approach of ‘ethics in the sciences and humanities’, its research focuses on ethical questions in the areas of security, technology, digitalisation, nature and sustainability, education, media, and culture.

We are looking for a researcher to join our team at the earliest possible date. The position is part of an international and interdisciplinary project on disaster preparedness and management. The project focuses on developing a system for efficient crisis response planning and scenario building (Horizon 2020, SECURITY):

1 researcher (75%, salary according to pay grade TV-L E13), either

  • with a background in ethics and the capability to become quickly acquainted with methods and approaches of the social sciences, or,
  • with a background in social sciences and the capability to become quickly acquainted with ethical theories and the analysis of ethical questions.

The position is on a fixed-term basis and ends with the end of the project on 30 October 2020.

The researcher will be part of a small team and work on ethically and societally relevant questions within the project. Main topics include:

  • social acceptance and moral acceptability of technical systems
  • human factors and autonomous systems/(semi-)autonomous decision-making
  • human-machine interaction
  • intercultural issues
  • ethical criteria for the development and use of a system that aims at improving response planning and scenario building
  • conduction of qualitative interviews and working with focus groups

We expect the researcher to have a profound interest in security discussions in the social sciences and ethics. The position is suited for applicants with experience in technology impact assessment, disaster research or similar fields. The project language is English; German language skills are an asset.

The University of Tübingen intends to increase the proportion of women and encourages female researchers to apply. Disabled applicants will be given preferential consideration if other qualifications are equal.

Please send your application with the usual documents (as one PDF) to Professor Dr Regina Ammicht Quinn (regina.ammicht-quinnspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de) and Andreas Baur-Ahrens (a.baur-ahrensspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de) until 28 May 2017 at the latest. Unfortunately, travel costs for the job interview cannot be reimbursed.

If you have any questions, please contact:
Andreas Baur-Ahrens
International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW)
University of Tübingen · Wilhelmstr. 19 · 72074 Tübingen · Germany


Phone +49 7071 29-77988
a.baur-ahrensspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de