Postdoc position on Designing Intimate Technologies through Dance

The University of Twente is looking for a creative postdoc to investigate the interwovenness between people and intimate technologies through dance. Interested? Apply now!

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Research setting:

This position is part of the Human Media Interaction research group at University of Twente, and will be conducted in collaboration with the DesignLab. Designlab offers a platform for researchers with design-based questions, who wish to cooperate and translate science through design to society on a transdisciplinary level. Through its Responsible Futuring approach, DesignLab strives to enable creative collaboration and knowledge flow between engineers, social scientists, policymakers, and citizens.

On a national level, the postdoc will be part of the Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies (ESDiT) programme as ‘associate research fellow’. ESDiT is a ten year long international research programme of seven academic institutions in the Netherlands which has started in January 2020. The programme has the aim of achieving breakthrough research at the intersection of ethics, philosophy, technology / engineering and social sciences. A key objective is to investigate how new technologies challenge moral values and ontological concepts (like “nature”, “human being” and “community”), and how these challenges necessitate a revision of these concepts. This position will be associated with the research line “The human condition” and focus on concepts such as vulnerability, identity, embodiment, agency & autonomy, connection & intimacy, and responsibility. It will also make an important contribution to our efforts within the consortium to collaborate with artists to stimulate ethical reflection on socially disruptive technologies, and involving society in shaping these technologies.


Your profile:

  • You have a multidisciplinary background, including expertise from some of the following or related fields: design, (performing) arts, philosophy & ethics, STS, psychology, disability studies, fashion, creative technology, human computer interaction, (wearable) robotics, computer science, artificial intelligence, or embedded systems;
  • You hold or will soon hold a PhD;
  • You have excellent communication, organizational and networking skills, take initiative, and have the capacity and interest to learn how to coordinate multidisciplinary collaborations;
  • You are a creative thinker who enjoys exploring novel avenues and ideas, and can translate these ideas into concrete research questions and design approaches;
  • You have good proficiency in English in speaking and writing;
  • Affinity with performing arts such as dance is preferred.


Their offer:

  • You will be appointed for a period of maximum 2,5 years full-time within a very stimulating scientific environment. The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues.
  • Your salary and associated conditions are in accordance with the collective labour agreement for Dutch universities (CAO-NU);
  • Gross salary between € 3.420,- and €4.490,- per month depending on experience and qualifications;
  • Excellent benefits including a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, a year-end bonus of 8.3% and a solid pension scheme;
  • Between 29 and 41 leave days in case of full-time employment;
  • Excellent support for research and facilities for professional and personal development.
  • They encourage a high degree of responsibility and independence, while collaborating with close colleagues, researchers and other university staff.
  • They are also a family-friendly institution that offers parental leave (both paid and unpaid) and career support for partners.
  • They offer a friendly and welcoming research environment, with attention to employee wellbeing.

Bedrijfsprofiel Universiteit Twente

About the organization:

The faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) uses mathematics, electronics and computer technology to contribute to the development of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). With ICT present in almost every device and product they use nowadays, they embrace their role as contributors to a broad range of societal activities and as pioneers of tomorrow's digital society. As part of a people-first tech university that aims to shape society, individuals and connections, their faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad, and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. Their research has a high profile both in the Netherlands and internationally. It has been accommodated in three multidisciplinary UT research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centre and Digital Society Institute.


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