Postdoctoral Associate in Ethics of Technology
Deadline: February 10, 2024
The Humanities Research Center (HRC) at Rice University seeks to appoint one Postdoctoral Associate in Ethics of Technology.
The Humanities Research Center is an internationally recognized hub that fosters innovative humanities and arts research at Rice University and builds collaborations with local, national, and global partners.
We seek emergent scholars pursuing research on the ethics of technology and/or the philosophy of artificial intelligence.
The Postdoctoral Associate will have both interdisciplinary and disciplinary homes and faculty mentors at Rice. The Postdoctoral Associate will have an office within the HRC and will be affiliated with the Department of Philosophy, with the option to be affiliated with the program in Science and Technology Studies. To learn more about the Ethics of Technology initiative at Rice, visit https://philosophy.rice.edu/ethics-technology.
During their first semester at Rice, the successful applicant will teach either a First-Year Writing Intensive Seminar (FWIS) related to their research or a section of PHIL 150: Technology, Society and Value. Examples of FWIS courses can be found at https://pwc.rice.edu/current-course-descriptions-spring, and a brief course description for PHIL 150 can be found at https://courses.rice.edu/courses/courses/!SWKSCAT.cat?p_action=COURSE&p_term=202420&p_crn=25610. In other semesters, the successful applicant will work with the Chair of the Department of Philosophy on their teaching assignment.
This position is for the period from July 1, 2024, through June 30, 2025, with the possibility of renewal for a second year (subject to performance review and funding). It is a full-time position with a 1/1 teaching load and is benefits-eligible. The Postdoctoral Associate will receive an annual salary of $70,000 and a $3,000 one-time stipend for research and/or relocation to Houston. Postdoctoral Associates are expected to be in residence in Houston no later than August 1, 2024.
Work-related duties may include:
- Teaching courses in consultation with the Department of Philosophy and affiliated campus units
- Facilitating a reading group, workshop, etc.
- Presenting content online (reviews, interviews, blogs, podcasts) drawn from research, teaching, and outreach
- Participating in the coordination of visiting speakers and events related to the position
- Participating and presenting own research in an interdisciplinary works-in-progress series with other postdoctoral associates
- Other duties as assigned
Applicants from any humanistic discipline or the interpretive social sciences are eligible to apply and must have the Ph.D. in hand by June 30, 2024. Applicants must have a demonstrated research interest in Philosophy and the ethics of technology. Applicants should have experience and enthusiasm regarding teaching at the undergraduate level. Applicants must have excellent communication and time-management skills.
Required application materials:
- Cover letter
- Three-page CV
- 1000-word research project proposal
- Writing sample (chapter length, approximately 25 pages)
- One-page course proposal for a one-semester undergraduate course in the ethics of technology and/or the philosophy of artificial intelligence
- Three letters of recommendation
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Deadline: February 10, 2024
Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
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