Software developers 0.8fte - 1.0fte (3x)

2022-07-25 We have 3 vacancies (for 2 years) in iLab for software developers. We have built the PEP repository for safe and privacy friendly storage of data. And now we are going to extend it, so that instead of downloading data and running an algorithm locally users will be able to upload an algorithm to the repository. This is more time and energy efficient than downloading all the data a user wants to work on.

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PhD candidate: Digital Technology as an enabler of the Dutch Energy Transition

2022-07-19 Smart energy technology (SET), such as the smart meter, is often portrayed as a crucial facilitator in supporting the energy transition as it is expected to bring radical efficiency improvement in the future. Smart meters allow the grid-operators to implement pricing incentives. It is up to the users to cope with these quickly changing prices. However, the smart meter aggravates risks concerning core public values, notably autonomy (users’ sense of agency and self-determination), security (safeguarding customer data), and inclusion (equal access to technologies). There are several ethical questions and tensions, e.g. smart-energy technology enables the collection of data to identify energy vulnerable households and provide them with extra support, enhancing inclusion at the expense of other public values. These tensions are largely based on different futures perceptions: will inclusion be increased or decreased by the SET? How will the issue of data security develop in the future? How much value do people give to autonomy? The different (future) perceptions of these values differ across stakeholders and will shift over time. In this study, we take up the ethical consequences of SET and bring it two steps further, 1) analyzing the actual perceived and experienced user autonomy, security and inclusion, and 2) adding a future perspective that outlines and analyzes the role of the expected, uncertain and (un)desired developments of these public values, answering the main question: How do different stakeholders (re)enact (future) values concerning autonomy, security and inclusion in the development and use of SET?

Business Studies, Environmental Studies and iHub at Radboud University offer a PhD position on how the use of digital technology brings together public interests (energy saving) and public values (privacy and autonomy). A key theme for the future! As a PhD candidate, you will be formally based in the Environmental Governance and Politics group and at iHub. You will work on a PhD project under the supervision of Arnoud Lagendijk, Sietske Veenman, Berber Pas, and Bernard van Gastel.

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