At the Institute for Ethics in Technology at Hamburg University of Technology for the earliest possible date, we are looking for a:


full time and limited to four years. The remuneration is in accordance with 13 TV-L.

No.: 18224WEEXK8

At the heart of TU Hamburg’s research, teaching and transfer of technology is the guiding principle of developing technology for people. The TU Hamburg sees itself in this context as a family-friendly and sustainable university with high performance and quality standards that strives for excellence in all its research fields. Interdisciplinarity, innovation, regionality and internationality are binding principles in our actions.

With currently around 8.000 students, 110 professors and 1.650 employees, the TU Hamburg is characterised by short decision-making processes and close cooperation between the board, the institutes, the deans of studies, the research areas and the administration. We identify ourselves with a modern leadership culture and cultivate appreciative interaction.


  • Independent doctoral research project. This doctoral research project should be related to the ethics or philosophy of technology, but may also include the normative foundations of moral and legal philosophy, political philosophy, or the ethics of artificial intelligence.
  • Teaching (2 hours per week)
  • Active participation in regular meetings within the Institute for Ethics in Technology at TUHH, as well as in meetings with national and international cooperation partners
  • Contributions to academic administration
  • Contributions to other ongoing projects at the Institute for Ethics in Technology


  • Completed scientific university studies, in particular in the subject areas of philosophy, law, sociology, computer science, data science, or a subject related to the ethics of technology
  • Excellent English language skills, both written and spoken
  • German language skills are welcome but not essential
  • An ability to work in a team, including in interdisciplinary contexts
  • An independent, self-reliant, and committed mode of working
  • Strong organisational and cooperative skills


    • We offer you the opportunity to pursue a doctoral degree
    • The supervision by Prof. Dr Maximilian Kiener will attach great important to providing individually tailored support to the doctoral candidate and integrating them into the group and university as a full team member
    • Joint international supervision of the doctoral project is equally possible
    • Internal and external training opportunities and a variety of health and counselling services will be available. The compatibility between the candidate’s personal and professional lives will be readily supported
    • Research visits abroad, for example to existing co-operation partners at the University of Oxford, conference participations, and publications will also be actively supported

    For further information please contact Prof. Dr Maximilian Kiener

    We particularly encourage women to apply. Due to their underrepresentation, they will be given priority incases of equal suitability, qualifications and professional performance.

    Please submit the following application documents: cover letter, curriculum vitae, a philosophical paper between 5,000 and 10,000 words (independent of area; choose your strongest piece), a preliminary PhD research proposal (containing a 500-word summary of the whole project, a table of contents, and 150-200 word abstracts for each chapter), and proof of completed training and/or university degree. In addition, applicants must ask an academic referee to send a letter of recommendation directly and confidentially to We look forward to receiving your online application by 03 September 2024 via this portal. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed and a final decision will be made in September.

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