For 2021-22, 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, Interdisciplinary Ethics Fellows, or Embedded EthiCS Fellows. While the three types of fellows have some distinct training opportunities and responsibilities, they all form a common community and participate together in the Center’s intellectual life. All applicants will be considered for each type of fellowship that is relevant to their research interests and do not need to tailor their application for one of the three fellowship opportunities.
Applicants for all of the positions below 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
Our longstanding postdoctoral program is open to candidates with substantial normative research in any area within philosophy or political science. For 2021-22, we are especially interested in candidates with research interests in inequality, global justice, democratic theory, and environmental ethics. But we welcome all applicants with strong normative interests. General Ethics Fellows participate in the intellectual life of the Center (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 Center’s commitment to bringing ethical reflection to bear on pressing social problems. Addressing many of these problems in normative work involves knowledge of the social sciences, law, engineering, and the life sciences. To that end, fellows in this program are matched with an interdisciplinary research center on campus through which they can engage with empirically-oriented scholars. We are especially interested in candidates with research interests in artificial intelligence for our partnership with the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI). We are also interested in candidates with research interests in biomedical ethics or bioengineering for partnerships with other centers. Fellows will participate in the regular intellectual life of the Center for Ethics in Society and of the partner center (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. Fellows and partner centers will be selected based on the natural match between their work. Applicants do not need to tailor their application for a particular partner center.
Embedded Ethics Fellowship
Stanford Embedded EthiCS, entering its second year, is a collaborative program that embeds the teaching of ethics into Stanford’s core undergraduate computer science curriculum. Working in collaboration with CS faculty and graduate students, the fellows will have responsibility for (a) working with CS faculty and students to develop course materials, (b) teaching the modules across three to six courses, (c) providing pedagogical training for Course Assistants in CS, and (d) participating in the intellectual life of the Center for Ethics and HAI. We seek applicants with a Ph.D. in philosophy, political science, or law who have substantive normative training, and who are enthusiastic to work with computer scientists to develop ethics modules. Ideal candidates need not have a computer science background but should have significant teaching experience, some mathematical training, and experience with cross- disciplinary research or teaching.