The McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society Postdoctoral Fellowship

Stanford University

 

For 2017-2018, the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society at Stanford seeks to appoint up
to four new postdoctoral fellows. Selected fellows will be designated as either Interdisciplinary
Ethics Fellows or General Ethics Fellows. The two types of fellows have some distinct training
opportunities and responsibilities as described below, but they form a common community at
the Center and participate together in the Center’s intellectual life. The programs are described
in detail below. We aim to appoint fellows in both programs (four total across the two programs).
All applicants will be considered for both types of fellowships, and finalists will be consulted as
to their designation as Interdisciplinary Ethics or General Ethics fellows.


Interdisciplinary Ethics Fellowship

2017-18 will be the second year of this new fellowship program at the Center. The program is
rooted in the Center’s commitment to bring ethical reflection to bear on pressing social
problems. Addressing many of these social problems involves knowledge of the work of social
science, law, and the life sciences. The premise of this program is that the normative
scholarship of our fellows will be enhanced by engagement with empirically-oriented scholars.
To that end, each fellow in the program will be matched with a partner research center at
Stanford that is dedicated to interdisciplinary research. The partner centers will be determined
based upon selected fellows’ interests. For the 2016-17 year, the partner centers included the
Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, the
Immigration Policy Lab, and the Stanford Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society. To be
considered for this fellowship, applicants must have normative training and hold a PhD in
Philosophy or Political Science. Scholars with a JD are also eligible so long as their research
interests focus on ethical dimensions of public policy or law. Fellows will participate in the
regular intellectual life of the partner center and the Center for Ethics in Society (e.g., attend
weekly workshops; events; professional training opportunities), interact with undergraduates in
the Ethics in Society Program, and contribute to an interdisciplinary ethics community across
campus.


General Ethics Fellowship

Some selected fellows will be part of our longstanding postdoctoral program that is more
broadly open to candidates with substantial normative research in any area within philosophy or
political science. For 2017-18, we are especially interested in candidates with research interests
in inequality, global justice, environmental ethics, biomedical ethics, and ethics and technology,
but we welcome all applicants with strong normative interests. Applicants must have a PhD in
philosophy or political science. Scholars with a JD are also eligible so long as their research
interests focus on ethical dimensions of public policy or law. General Ethics Fellows participate
in the intellectual life of the Center for Ethics in Society (attend weekly workshops; events;
professional training opportunities), teach one class per year, interact with undergraduates in
the Ethics in Society Program, and contribute to an interdisciplinary ethics community across the
campus.


Appointment Requirements and Application Details

For both types of fellowships, the appointment term is September 1, 2017 - August 31, 2018.
The initial term may be renewed for an additional year. Applicants must have completed all
requirements for their PhD by June 30, 2017. Candidates must also be no more than 3 years
from the awarding of their degree (i.e., September 2014). The application deadline is
December 12, 2016 (5:00 pm Pacific Standard Time).


Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the
diversity of its scholarly community. We welcome applications from women and members of
minority groups, as well as others who would bring additional dimensions to the university's
research and teaching missions. Salary is competitive.


Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, a writing sample (no more than 25 pages
double-spaced), three letters of recommendation, a one-page research statement (single
spaced), and a teaching portfolio. Additional materials will not be considered. All applicants will
be considered for both types of fellowships, and finalists will be consulted about whether they
may be designated as Interdisciplinary Ethics or General Ethics fellows. Applications will be
collected via Interfolio. Please refer to the Center’s website for information about how to submit
your materials. If you have questions, please contact Anne Newman
arnewman@stanford.edu ).

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