For 2022-23, the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society at Stanford seeks to appoint up to four postdoctoral fellows. Selected fellows will be designated as General Ethics Fellows or Interdisciplinary Ethics Fellows. The two types of fellows have some distinct training opportunities and responsibilities, but they form a common community and participate together in the Center’s intellectual life. All applicants will be considered for both types of fellowships and do not need to tailor their application for one or the other type of fellowship.
Applicants for these positions must have normative training and hold a Ph.D. in Philosophy or Political Science. Scholars with a Ph.D. in Law will also be considered so long as their work focuses on ethical dimensions of public policy or law.
General Ethics Fellowship
For 2022-23, we are especially interested in candidates with research interests in the normative questions focused on the environment, feminism and gender, race, and inequality. But we welcome all applicants from philosophy and political science with strong normative interests. 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.
Interdisciplinary Ethics Fellowship
This program is rooted in the commitment of the Center for Ethics in Society to bringing ethical reflection to bear on pressing social problems. Addressing many of these social problems involves knowledge of the work of the social sciences, law, engineering, 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 Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI) will be a partner center again this year. For that partnership, we are especially interested in candidates with research interests in artificial intelligence. We are also interested in candidates with research interests in biomedical ethics for partnerships with other centers, but all applicants whose work may intersect with empirically-oriented scholarship will be considered. Applicants need not name a possible partner center on campus or tailor their materials for this type of fellowship. The Interdisciplinary Ethics Fellows and partner centers will be selected based on the natural match between their work. 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, teach one class per year, and contribute to an interdisciplinary ethics community across the campus.
Appointment Requirements and Application Details
Candidates for both types of fellowships must have normative training and hold a Ph.D. in Philosophy or Political Science. Scholars with a Ph.D. in Law will also be considered so long as their work focuses on ethical dimensions of public policy or law. Applicants must complete all requirements for their Ph.D. no later than June 30, 2022. Candidates must also be no more than three years from the awarding of their degree at the start of the fellowship (i.e., September 2019). The term of the fellowship is September 1, 2022 - August 31, 2023 and is renewable for a second year.
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 list of classes that they have taught and/or are prepared to teach.