The Philosophy and Ethics department at the Eindhoven University of Technology offers 4-year, fully-funded PhD positions in Philosophy. These highly competitive scholarships are based on academic merit and awarded to future students. For three fully-funded PhD positions, the application is now open for Autumn 2021 enrollment and are due March 11, 2021.
|Scholarship Sponsor||Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)|
|Scholarships level||PhD studentship|
|Fellowship Period||Four years|
|Study area||AI, cognitive science, and philosophy of science/social epistemology|
|Opening date||February 09, 2021|
|Closing date||March 11, 2021|
The Philosophy and Ethics department at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), Faculty of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences, offers three 4-year, fully-funded PhD positions on explainable AI, cognitive science, and philosophy of science/social epistemology. All applicants will be considered for all three positions.
PhD Position A: Norms of Explainable AI
PhD Position B: Cognitive Science of AI
PhD Position C: Philosophy of Science/Social epistemology
Position A: Norms of Explainable AI
‘Black box’ AI systems, such as deep neural networks, increasingly assist humans in making decisions, be they medical diagnoses, decisions regarding transportation routes (e.g., changing car routes based on latest traffic information), and other data analytics. It is important that these decisions are transparent, and the GDPR has made strides in requiring such transparency.
However, explanations can have various functions and purposes. Explanations can promote trust, enable understanding, or persuade others to do something. In addition, explanations can empower engineers to develop safe, reliable, and user-friendly AI. In order to ensure that the explanations of AI decisions serve socially responsible functions, ethical and epistemic reflection is necessary. Moreover, in order to facilitate the development of explainable AI, normative guidelines must be articulated, and best-practices methods must be identified.
This PhD project takes an interdisciplinary approach in developing a taxonomy of the various functions explanations of AI systems in medical decisions, mobility, and highly technical methods. It will identify ethical and epistemic standards for these explanations.
The deadline for applications is March 11, 2021
- You hold a Master’s degree or equivalent degree in Philosophy. Other Master’s degrees will also be considered if you have a demonstrable affinity with analytical/conceptual problems, as well as with normative questions.
- You have an interest in the themes of the research: epistemology, philosophy of science, values in science, explanation, philosophy of computation. You have an excellent command of English.
- TU/e is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome candidates with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. As we aim to increase the diversity in our Department and the field of philosophy, we especially encourage candidates from underrepresented groups to apply.
- A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university with the possibility to present your work at international conferences
- A four-year, fully-funded PhD position, starting between May and September 2021.
- To support you during your PhD and prepare you for the rest of your career, you will have free access to a personal development program for PhD students (PROOF program).
- A gross monthly salary and benefits following the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities
- Additionally, an annual holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary, plus a year-end allowance of 8.3% of the annual salary
- A broad package of fringe benefits, including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, and savings schemes
- Family-friendly initiatives are in places, such as an international spouse program and excellent on-campus children’s daycare and sports facilities.
Each applicant will be automatically considered for all three PhD positions. However, please state whether you have a preference (or wish to be excluded from consideration) for a specific role in your motivation letter.
Your application should contain the following documents:
- A letter of motivation explaining your interest in the position and your qualifications for it
- Your curriculum vitae
- A writing sample (Master thesis, a seminar paper, or equivalent)
- Names and contact information of two persons willing to provide references
- Optionally, you can submit a research statement (max 1-2 pages), elaborating on your ideas for a research focus in line with the above theme
If you are interested, we invite you to apply before March 10, 2021, 23:59 CET. Interviews will be held shortly after that. To apply, please use the ‘apply now’ button. Please note that a maximum of 1 document can be uploaded, so if you have more than one record, you will have to combine them. Please do not send us applications by e-mail.