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Postdoctoral Fellow

Ethics Lab, Georgetown University

Job category Postdoc or similar / Fixed term
AOS Ethics (theoretical or applied), Social and Political Philosophy
AOS categories Applied Ethics
AOC Ethics of Emerging Technologies is a particular advantage, but not required
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Location Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Start date August 17, 2020
Job description

Georgetown University in Washington D.C. has an opening for a 1-2 year postdoctoral position, contingent on funding, for Ethics Lab, an initiative of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics that brings philosophy and design thinking together to help make progress on some of the most morally challenging issues of the day.  A PhD in philosophy is required by the time of appointment, with an AOS in ethics (normative or applied) or political philosophy. An AOC in the ethics of emerging technologies is a particular advantage, but not required.   

Following introductory training, the postdoc will participate in the three core areas of Ethics Lab programming. They will lead one Ethics Lab course each semester; help coordinate and deliver embedded ethics workshops with our partner courses across campus; and participate in selected direct impact projects between the Ethics Lab team and external partners. The postdoc will also have 20% protected time for their own research.

Candidates should be philosophically rigorous, but also creative and interested in doing work that reaches beyond the university’s walls. Candidates should be comfortable working in a collaborative team environment and practicing philosophy in contexts of innovation, ambiguity, and complexity; have strong interpersonal skills; be able to work productively with colleagues and partners from outside of philosophy; and be able to effectively manage multiple projects. Robust onboarding to the team, its mission, and its methods will be provided.

The postdoc position is a 12-month appointment with a start date of August 17, 2020, and carries a highly competitive salary. For benefit information, see link. The Ethics Lab postdoc will be supervised by Prof. Margaret Little, Professor of Philosophy and Director of Ethics Lab. Candidates should email CV, a cover letter, teaching portfolio, and three letters of reference to kiesearch@georgetown.edu

About Ethics Lab:Georgetown’s Ethics Lab is a unique team of philosophers and designers using new methods to tackle a morally complex world. We bring together deep ethical expertise with cutting edge methods from design to train students and empower experts to address the most urgent issues of our time — and responsibly shape our future. Our approach emphasizes active collaboration to uncover and understand the moral values at stake in a challenge, and use them as inspiration for creative action. We produce courses, co-design interdisciplinary exercises, andprovide ethics-centered consultation and facilitation to research, policy, and industry teams. 

Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability or other categories protected by law.

How to apply
Application type Email
Candidates should email CV, a cover letter with explicit reference to potential fit for this unique position, teaching portfolio (including teaching evaluations), and three letters of reference to kiesearch@georgetown.edu. Subject: Postdoc Search
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Deadline for full consideration: February 2, 2020, 11:59pm MST

(applications under review)

Hard deadline No deadline specified (applications considered on an ongoing basis)
Web address for more information https://ethicslab.georgetown.edu
Contact name Michael Tschiderer
Contact email
Time created December 31, 2019, 1:36pm EST
Scheduled expiry date July 15, 2020, 5:58am MST
Last updated December 31, 2019, 1:36pm EST
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