Postdoctoral position in the ERC project BIOUNCERTAINTY
Institute of Philosophy & Interdisciplinary Centre for Ethics, Jagiellonian University
|Job category||Postdoc or similar / Fixed term|
|AOS||Ethics, Bioethics, Value Theory|
Social and Political Philosophy
|Location||Kraków, Lesser Poland Voivodeship, Poland|
|Start date||September or October 2020|
The Jagiellonian University in Kraków welcomes applications for a postdoctoral position ("adiunkt") in the project "Deep uncertainties in bioethics: genetic research, preventive medicine, reproductive decisions" (BIOUNCERTAINTY), funded by the European Research Council Starting Grant (ERC). The Principal Investigator of this project is Dr. Tomasz Żuradzki (Philosophy, Jagiellonian University). The Jagiellonian University is one of the oldest universities in Europe (established in 1364) and now one of the best two universities in Poland.
The person appointed will be expected to be engaged in high-level research relevant to the project goals, to publish in their specialist field, present papers at appropriate scholarly conferences and meetings, and assist with the administration of the project and its events. There is no obligation to teach (but the possibility exists if someone would like to do so). Knowledge of Polish is not required.
Salary: €30,000-45,000 gross per annum depending on experience (health and social insurance are included, we can also cover expenses for travel, conferences and research stays).
The successful candidate will initially appointed for a period of one year, which may be extended by two years. Starting date: September / October 2020. The position is based at the Interdisciplinary Centre of Ethics and the Institute of Philosophy of the Jagiellonian University, in central Kraków (52 Grodzka Street).
Application deadline: 31 March 2020 (applications received after the deadline may be considered if the position has not yet been filled and during the next job opening which is expected in the close future).
Uncertainty is everywhere, as the saying goes, but rarely considered in ethical reflections. This project aims to reinterpret ethical discussions on current advances in biomedicine: instead of understanding bioethical positions as extensions of classical normative views in ethics (consequentialism, deontologism, contractualism etc.), my project interprets them more accurately as involving various normative approaches to decision making under uncertainty. The following hard cases in bioethics provide the motivation for research:
1) Regulating scientific research under uncertainty about ontological/moral status (e.g. parthenogenetic stem cells derived from human parthenotes) in the context of meta-reasoning under normative uncertainty.
2) The value of preventive medicine in healthcare (e.g. vaccinations) in the context of decision-making under metaphysical indeterminacy.
3) Population or reproductive decisions (e.g. preimplantation genetic diagnosis) in the context of valuing mere existence.
The main drive behind this project is the rapid progress in biomedical research combined with new kinds of uncertainties. These new “deep” uncertainties trigger specific forms of emotions and cognitions that influence normative judgments and decisions. The main research questions that will be addressed by conceptual analysis, new psychological experiments, and case studies are the following: how do the heuristics and biases (H&B) documented by behavioral scientists influence the formation of normative judgments in bioethical contexts; how should we demarcate between distorted and undistorted value judgments; to what extent is it permissible for individuals or policy makers to yield to H&B? The hypothesis is that many existing bioethical rules, regulations, practices seem to have emerged from unreliable reactions, rather than by means of deliberation on the possible justifications for alternative ways to determine them under several layers and types of uncertainty.
About the workplace
The Institute of Philosophy at the Jagiellonian University is located in the very heart of Kraków, on 52 Grodzka Street, and now is one of the best philosophy centres in Poland. In the past few years, our faculty members have published papers in the main international journals in philosophy, bioethics and cognitive science: American Journal of Bioethics; Journal of Medical Ethics; Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics; Ethics and Information Technology; Synthese; Erkenntnis; The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science; European Journal for Philosophy of Science; Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics; Biology & Philosophy; Intelligence; Memory and Cognition; Journal of Philosophical Logic... Here is the list of selected publications: https://filozofia.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/publications.
Individuals may apply for the postdoctoral position who meet the following requirements:
- hold at least the academic degree of doctor or PhD (or to be officially awarded with one before the date of competition settlement),
- their doctoral or habilitation thesis was highly regarded/assessed,
- relevant academic achievements, apart from the doctoral thesis,
- active participation in academic life, particularly involving presentations at conferences and symposiums,
- positive opinion of the head of department/chair or academic tutor on candidate’s qualifications and suitability to conduct research,
- has at least one publication (published or accepted for publication) in an international peer-reviewed journal in the field,
- demonstrates an interest in the project topics (ethics, bioethics, philosophy of science, moral psychology etc.) and a readiness to engage in the realization of the project BIOUNCERTAINTY (no. 805498), information about the project: https://incet.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/biouncertainty
- good organizational skills, research independence, reliability, ability to keep deadlines,
- proficiency in English (knowledge of Polish is not required).
Candidates who apply for the post are required to send the following documents by email to: email@example.com
or by standard post to:
Jagiellonian University, Centrum Administracyjnego Wsparcia Projektów, ul. Czapskich 4, room 118, 31-110 Kraków, Poland
Statement forms can be downloaded on the website: http://www.dso.uj.edu.pl/druki-do-pobrania/dokumenty-dla-kandydatow-pracownikow
Enquiries about the appointments procedure and related matters may be made to Katarzyna Kubica-Oroń, the grant administrator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on +48 12 663 30 08. Enquiries about academic matters may be made to Dr. Tomasz Żuradzki, the Principal Investigator, at email@example.com
|How to apply|
- by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org - by standard post to: Jagiellonian University, Centrum Administracyjnego Wsparcia Projektów, ul. Czapskich 4, room 118, 31-110 Kraków, Poland
|Web address to apply||http://www.incet.uj.edu.pl/|
|Email to apply|
|Hard deadline||March 31, 2020, 11:59pm CET|
|Web address for more information||https://incet.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/praca|
|Contact name||Tomasz Żuradzki|
|Time created||February 13, 2020, 11:10am EST|
|Scheduled expiry date||March 31, 2020, 11:59pm CET|
|Last updated||February 13, 2020, 11:10am EST|
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