Three-year, Postdoctoral Research Position in History & Philosophy of Science

University of Notre Dame's Center for Theology, Science, and Human Flourishing

Job Type: Postdoc

Application Deadline: August 15, 2015

The University of Notre Dame’s new Center for Theology, Science, and Human Flourishing will start its activities in August 2015 under the direction of Prof. Celia Deane-Drummond. The Center invites applications for a three-year postdoctoral research appointment in the History & Philosophy of Science (HPS) to begin January 2016.

The successful candidate will be part of a multi-disciplinary team (including psychologists, theologians, and other scholars from science & technology studies) examining the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral dispositions that are associated with the practice of laboratory research in biology and how those dispositions might strengthen or impede human flourishing in non-scientific domains. Operating under the rubric “Developing Virtues in the Practice of Science,” this $3.1 million project funded by the Templeton Religion Trust conceptualizes these dispositions as virtues/vices in order to make connections to existing literature in psychology, theology, virtue ethics, and virtue epistemology.

Responsibilities of the post include: conducting bibliographic research and literature reviews relevant to the project in HPS, virtue ethics, and virtue epistemology; using HPS expertise to inform the design and analysis of field research (psychological and ethnographic); developing and pursuing independent lines of HPS research relevant to the project;  presenting individual and team research in professional and public forums; collaboratively designing and teaching one or more undergraduate courses related to the project; contributing to project colloquia (Notre Dame, IN, 2016; Durham, UK, 2017) and conference (London, 2018).

The ideal candidate will have a PhD in the history and/or philosophy of science, strong interest in collaborating with experts from multiple disciplines, and expertise or interests in several of the following fields: history and philosophy of biology, science and values, science and religion, science and ethics, virtue ethics, virtue epistemology, studies of scientific practices. Starting salary is $48,000 plus benefits, and up to $5,000 per year in research funding.

Applicants should submit a single pdf containing a cover letter explaining your research interests and potential connections to the project, a c.v., and a writing sample to Three letters of recommendation should be sent separately (or via a dossier service) to the same address. Review of applications will begin Aug 15th and continue until the position is filled. The University of Notre Dame is an affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to fostering a culturally diverse atmosphere for faculty, staff, and students.

Posted: June 12, 2015