Postdoctoral Fellowship- Ethics Education in Science and Engineering

University of Notre Dame

Job Type: Postdoc

Application Deadline: January 30, 2014


The Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values at the University of Notre Dame seeks to appoint a Postdoctoral Fellow for three years beginning July 1, 2014. Applicants must have completed all requirements for the doctoral degree by summer 2014.

Applications are welcome from scholars working in any area of the ethics of science and engineering, with preference given to applicants with a strong educational background in a field of science or engineering.

The Reilly Center is home to the History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) graduate program and an undergraduate minor in Science, Technology, and Values (STV). For further information about the Reilly Center and its educational programs please visit http://reilly.nd.edu/.

The post-doctoral fellow will contribute to a National Science Foundation (NSF) Ethics Education in Science and Engineering (EESE) project (award 1338652), teach courses in the HPS and STV programs, and perform original research, in roughly the following manner:

• 30% to the NSF-EESE project: The postdoctoral fellow has direct responsibility for the final design, implementation, coordination, and supervision of the project, including recruitment of graduate students for the program, developing the program’s educational content, and overseeing the students in the program. An understanding of virtue ethics is desired.
• 25% to teaching courses: The courses taught will directly relate to the specific needs of the EESE program’s graduate students. The load is two courses per year (one per semester), on topics concerning the ethics and/or policy of science and technology. It is expected that each course will be new to either the HPS graduate program or STV undergraduate minor program and will be taught on a yearly basis.
• 45% to research: The postdoctoral fellow will continue his/her ongoing research program, which should primarily engage issues in the ethics of science and technology.

The annual stipend is $40,000. The fellowship package also includes health insurance and $6,000 over three years towards research expenses and conference travel.

Applicants should send the following materials in electronic form only, in PDF format by email attachment, to reilly@nd.edu including (if possible) “EESE post-doc” and your last name in the subject line:
1. Cover letter giving a brief summary of your primary field of expertise and specific qualifications for the fellowship.
2. Summary of your dissertation (two page maximum).
3. Plan of research to be undertaken during the three-year fellowship period (three page maximum).
4. Writing sample (30 page maximum).
5. Proposal for an undergraduate STV course (one page maximum).
6. Proposal for a graduate HPS seminar in your area of specialization (one page maximum).
7. Full curriculum vitae.
Names and affiliations of three referees whom you have asked to write to us directly.

The deadline for receipt of application materials is January 30, 2014. Please note: applications which are printed and received via mail or courier will not be accepted and processed. In addition, three letters of reference should be sent separately, either electronically (reilly@nd.edu) or by mail (Reilly Center, 453 Geddes Hall, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556), to arrive by the application deadline. Candidates are responsible for ensuring that their letters of reference arrive by the deadline.

Inquiries may be directed to Melinda Gormley (Assistant Director for Research at the Reilly Center and co-PI of NSF award 1338652): gormley.6@nd.edu.

The University of Notre Dame is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer with strong institutional and academic commitments to racial, cultural, and gender diversity. Women, minorities, and those attracted to a university with a Catholic identity are encouraged to apply. Information about Notre Dame, including our mission statement, is available at http://www.nd.edu.

Posted: September 20, 2013