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Embedded EthiCS Postdoctoral Fellowship in Philosophy (EXPIRED)

Philosophy, Embedded EthiCS, Harvard University

Job category Postdoc or similar / Fixed term
AOS Open
AOC Open
Workload Full time
Vacancies 4
Location Allston, Massachusetts, United States
Start date July 1, 2024
Job description

The Harvard Program for Embedded EthiCS invites applications for one or more fellowships based in the Philosophy Department beginning July 1, 2024, pending funding and program needs. The fellowships will be for a maximum of three years, with the second and third years contingent on program funding and a yearly satisfactory review. The postdoctoral fellows will be expected to spend 50% of their time working with the Embedded EthiCS program (including teaching, mentoring, and engagement activities) and 50% of their time on their own independent research. 

Harvard’s Embedded EthiCS is a collaborative, multidisciplinary pedagogical program that embeds the teaching of ethics directly into the computer science curriculum by creating and teaching ethics modules for courses across the CS curriculum. For details about this exciting program, please see ourwebsite. The postdoctoral fellows will have responsibility for: 

  • teaching modules in the program, 

  • participating in a Teaching Lab that develops ethics modules, 

  • coaching less experienced Fellows or Teaching Assistants, 

  • advising an undergraduate senior thesis related to the fellows’ areas of expertise, 

  • participating in engagement activities with other programs around Harvard and the greater Boston area, and 

  • serving as liaison with other groups developing computing ethics education programs around the globe. 

The fellows will have a faculty advisor in the Department of Philosophy and are encouraged to participate in the full range of Department activities. The fellows are also encouraged to participate in the many efforts at Harvard to address the social impact of technology through our program’s ties with Harvard’s Center for Research in Computation and Society; Harvard’s Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Ethics; and Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society (among many others). 

We seek applicants who are enthusiastic about working with computer scientists to develop ethics modules for their courses and who are passionate about building a more ethical and responsible computing ecosystem. They need not have computer science experience themselves, but they should be eager to engage with computer science experts, even if that requires engaging with technical material. They must demonstrate competence to teach ethics, but ethics need not be their area of specialization. Successful candidates will have significant teaching experience, ideally including experience with cross-disciplinary research or teaching, and enthusiasm about developing ethics pedagogy. 

Applicants must have completed all the requirements for a doctorate in Philosophy or related discipline by June 30, 2024. The term of the fellowship is July 1, 2024-June 30, 2025, with the possibility of renewal (see above).

We strongly encourage applications from women and underrepresented groups, as well as others who would bring additional dimensions to the university's research and teaching missions. Salary is extremely competitive. 

Please submit the following materials by January 7, 2024

  • Cover letter stating your background and interest in the Embedded EthiCS program

  • CV 

  • Teaching statement

  • Teaching portfolio (teaching chart listing courses taught in reverse chronological order; representative syllabi; teaching evaluations, ideally accompanied by a chart or table summarizing the quantitative data on main questions; list of undergraduates for whom you have been primary advisor, if applicable)

  • Research statement 

  • Recent writing sample (no more than 10,000 words) 

  • Names and contact information of three referees, who will be asked by a system-generated email to upload a letter of recommendation once the candidate’s application has been submitted. Three letters of recommendation are required, and the application is considered complete only when at least three letters have been received. Please notify your referees to expect a request for their letter of recommendation. 

If you have questions about the Embedded EthiCS program or the application process, please contact us at [email protected]

Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

How to apply
Application type Online
Web address to apply https://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/132...
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Deadline for full consideration: January 7, 2024, 12:00am EST

(applications under review)

Hard deadline No deadline specified (applications considered on an ongoing basis)
Web address for more information https://embeddedethics.seas.harvard.edu/
Time created November 29, 2023, 10:33pm UTC
Scheduled expiry date May 27, 2024, 4:23pm EST
Expired on May 27, 2024, 4:46pm EST
Last updated May 27, 2024, 8:46pm UTC
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