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Application Process for Embedded Ethics Fellowship

The call for 2024-25 applications is closed. The call for 2025-26 applications will be available late Fall 2024, with the application deadline in December.

Embedded Ethics Fellowship 

We invite applications for our Embedded Ethics postdoctoral fellowship based at the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society and the Institute for Human-Centered AI (HAI). Stanford Embedded Ethics is a collaborative program that embeds the teaching of ethics directly into the core undergraduate courses of Stanford’s computer science curriculum. Working in collaboration with CS faculty and graduate students, the fellows will create curricular materials, course assignments, and teach ethics modules in CS courses. 2024-25 will be the fifth year of this program, and fellows will have the opportunity to continue to shape the direction of this approach to technology education at Stanford.

We will hire 1-2 fellows. The postdoctoral fellows will be expected to spend 50% of their time working with the Embedded Ethics program and 50% of their time on their independent research within a cohort of postdoctoral fellows appointed at the Ethics Center and HAI. The postdoctoral fellow will have responsibility for (a) working with CS faculty and students to develop course materials, (b) teaching the modules, (c) providing pedagogical training for Course Assistants in CS, and (d) participating in the intellectual life of the Ethics Center and HAI.

Appointment Requirements and Application Details

We seek applicants with a Ph.D. in philosophy, law, political science, information studies, or science and technology studies who can teach ethics (however, ethics need not be their specialization), and who are enthusiastic to work with computer scientists to develop ethics modules. We will prioritize candidates who have a computer science background from their undergraduate studies and/or work experience. Ideal candidates will have knowledge of computer science fundamentals, coding skills, significant teaching experience, experience with cross-disciplinary research or teaching, and enthusiasm about developing ethics pedagogy.

Applicants must complete all requirements for their Ph.D. no later than June 30, 2024. Candidates must also be no more than three years from the awarding of their degree at the start of the fellowship (i.e., September 2021). The term of the fellowship is September 1, 2024 - August 31, 2025, and is renewable for a second year. We welcome applications from individuals with a broad range of life experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds who would contribute to our community of scholars. The expected salary is $75,000. 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.

Applications were due by December 8, 2023, and are now closed.

For questions not answered on the FAQ page, please email ethics_submissions [at] (ethics_submissions[at]stanford[dot]edu).