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Post-doctoral fellow in AI Ethics

Humanities and Arts, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology

Job category Postdoc or similar / Fixed term
AOS Applied Ethics, Political Philosophy, Technology Ethics, Philosophy of Technology
AOS categories Philosophy of Action
Philosophy of Mind
Applied Ethics
AOC Epistemology, Philosophy of Science, Ancient Greek philosophy
AOC categories Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy
Philosophy of Action
Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Computing
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Location Haifa, Israel
Start date Immediate
Job description

Post-doc Fellowship in Ethics of AI

The Technology Ethics Lab at the Technion invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Ethics and Technology. 

Position and Tasks

The position is funded by the Notre Dame-IBM Technology Ethics Lab, and is in collaboration with Prof. Don Howard, co-director of Ethics of Emerging Technologies focus area at University of Notre Dame’s Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values.

As a post-doc in this project, you will be involved in developing a normative framework for evaluating the goodness of AI tools and LLMs in particular, as well as developing an Embedded Ethics module that will be integrated into computer science courses at the University of Notre Dame and the Technion.


Project overview

As AI systems, particularly Large Language Models (LLMs), become increasingly prevalent, there is growing concern about their ethical implications for society. Most discussions on this topic focus solely on the risks and harms associated with LLMs, overlooking their impact on human flourishing. As part of the Notre Dame-IBM Technology Ethics Lab call, this project aims to fill this gap by applying a virtue ethics approach to LLM environments and their relationship with the human good.


PhD in a relevant field (ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of technology, philosophy of mind, or similar areas), normally by the time of appointment. A track record in publications in the relevant disciplines will be considered a plus.

Project duration

The Post-doctoral project is part of the "LLMs and a Well-Rounded Approach to Human Flourishing" project, concluding on February 2025. Post-doctoral position is 6-8 months between July 2024-Feb 2025 (inclusive).

For further inquiries, including salary, please contact Dr. Avigail Ferdman, [email protected].

How to apply
Application type Email
To apply please send an email indicating your interest to project leader Dr. Avigail Ferdman, [email protected], and include: CV; list of publications; writing sample; names and contact details of 2 referees.
Email to apply
Deadline for full consideration: August 15, 2024, 12:00am +02:00
Hard deadline No deadline specified (applications considered on an ongoing basis)
Web address for more information https://humanities.technion.ac.il/en/courses/call-...
Contact name Avigail Ferdman
Contact email
Time created June 20, 2024, 1:57pm UTC
Scheduled expiry date December 17, 2024, 8:48am +02:00
Last updated June 20, 2024, 1:57pm UTC
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The post-doc position is part of the recently launched Notre Dame-IBM Technology Ethics Lab call cycle, therefore not tied to the academic year