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Postdoctoral Fellow (EXPIRED)

Department of Philosophy, Emory University

Job category Postdoc or similar / Fixed term
AOS Moral Psychology
AOS categories Philosophy of Biology
Applied Ethics
AOC Moral Philosophy
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Location Remote work
Organization based in Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Start date Flexible
Job description

Emory University seeks applications for a postdoctoral fellowship, renewable for up to three years from those working in moral psychology with complementary interests in philosophies of race, immigration and citizenship, healthcare, and war. Suitable candidates will demonstrate strong philosophical background and an openness to gaining familiarity with a variety of methods of data collection, analysis, and interpretation while working with materials from multiple and interdisciplinary frameworks.

The primary research projects the postdoc would join investigate the phenomena of moral injury and repair. The primary concern is with the study of what, specifically, is injured, and what constitutes repair, healing, and transformation. The various projects underway examine moral injury in contexts of war (the primary area of clinical work), the ongoing refugee crisis, the global pandemic (including but not limited to care exhaustion and rationing), and the context of institutionalized and systemic racism and social injustice. Those with interests in moral emotions and conditions of trust, forgiveness, and hope are especially welcome to apply.

The majority of the postdoc’s time will be spent on independent research, directed and supported by the Deputy Provost, on topics related to the main research themes.

The postdoc will also have the opportunity to regularly contribute to and collaborate with a vibrant community of philosophical interlocutors; humanistic and social scientific inquirers; and medical, mental, and public health professionals. There is an opportunity to teach one advanced undergraduate course within the postdoc’s area(s) of expertise and interest.

The initial appointment will be for one calendar year with the possibility of renewal for two more years based on performance, availability of funding, and continuity of program.

Anticipated start date: As early as January 2022, depending on availability of the candidate of choice; remote-work flexibility is a possibility.

Compensation: $47,476-$55,000 plus full benefits equivalent to faculty salary. Some travel and material support is available.


  • Doctorate in Philosophy or related area by December 2021
  • Ability to engage relevant contemporary literature in a variety of fields, including psychology, psychiatry, history, sociology, political science, and medical humanities
  • Demonstrated abilities to engage in critical inquiry
  • Strong research and writing skills
  • Willingness to learn multiple disciplinary methods of data collection and analysis
  • Ability to set priorities and manage workload to meet deadlines

Preferred qualifications include:

  • Prior experience as a research assistant
  • Excellent oral communication skills
  • Experience with contributing to development of proposals for federal grant funding, including the NEH, NIH, and NSF.

Materials Requested for Application:

  • Letter of interest describing your research experience in moral psychology and related areas indicated above
  • Curriculum vita (CV)
  • Research statement describing your personal research interests and goals
  • Brief (fewer than 3000 words) writing sample
  • Professional reference letter attesting to your ability to engage in independent research

Application Deadline: December 1, 2021

For more information and to access the application process, visit: http://tinyurl.com/EmoryPostdoc

Specific questions about the research projects should be directed to the Principal Investigator, Professor Christa Davis Acampora ([email protected])

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How to apply
Application type Online
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Preferred start is January 2022, remote work is an option.
Web address to apply http://tinyurl.com/EmoryPostDoc
Email to apply
Deadline for full consideration: December 1, 2021, 12:00am EST

(applications under review)

Hard deadline No deadline specified (applications considered on an ongoing basis)
Web address for more information http://tinyurl.com/EmoryPostDoc
Contact name Christa Acampora
Contact email
Time created October 25, 2021, 9:34pm UTC
Scheduled expiry date April 23, 2022, 10:56am EST
Expired on April 23, 2022, 11:46am EST
Last updated September 1, 2022, 3:00pm UTC
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