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Postdoctoral Scholar Opportunities

Postdoctoral Scholars contribute to the Rock Ethics Institute in diverse ways, from designing and offering Institute programming, to participating in collaborative research in ethics and strengthening the interdisciplinary ethics community at Penn State.

College of Engineering and Rock Ethics Institute Postdoctoral Scholar in Engineering Ethics Education

The Penn State College of Engineering (www.engr.psu.edu) and the Rock Ethics Institute (rockethics.psu.edu) are seeking a postdoctoral scholar to develop an ethics curriculum in the Biological Engineering (BE) major offered by the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE). The aim of this postdoctoral fellowship is to contribute to the development of a versatile ethics program for implementation in ABE and across other engineering majors. The scholar will work with faculty, staff and students from ABE, the Department of Philosophy, and possibly other departments to: 1) understand the BE curriculum and current approaches for integrating ethics; 2) develop a revised curriculum that provides a solid foundation in ethics and the ability for students to apply this knowledge to ethical problems and situations found in engineering and professional life; 3) establish a curricular model that can be implemented in other engineering departments both at Penn State and beyond, and disseminated to other engineering professionals; 4) use the new curriculum to comprehensively address and evaluate related student outcomes such as those associated with the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET); and 5) participate in multi-disciplinary seminars and conferences

The Rock Ethics Institute has a threefold mission to promote ethics education, research, and outreach. In particular, we aim a) to integrate ethics education across the Penn State curriculum and to provide informal ethics education to our community in order to underscore and strengthen a culture of integrity and responsibility at Penn State, and b) to serve as a catalyst for interdisciplinary research in the field of ethics that is both collaborative and policy-relevant. We pursue our educational aim by working with faculty across the university to provide them with the knowledge and skills they need to integrate ethics into their undergraduate classes. We have also launched a program to prepare STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to become leaders and educators in the field of research ethics.

The postdoctoral scholarship is a twelve-month appointment with a start date of August 1, 2016. Appointments are for full time employment (40 hours per week) and may be continued for a second year contingent upon the needs of the Institute and availability of funds. We are interested in hiring a Postdoctoral Scholar with ethics expertise in the fields of engineering, science, and/or bioethics, who has experience teaching ethics and developing ethics curriculum.

The successful candidate will receive training and mentorship and will be expected to work on co-authored publications and engage in research that will contribute to their own research trajectory. Scholars may also receive experience working on grants.  Applicants must have completed all of the requirements for their Ph.D. or equivalent professional degree by the appointment date.

Candidates should submit an online application and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent confidentially to the Rock Ethics Institute (rockethics@psu.edu).
A complete application will include the following materials: 1) a cover letter detailing the candidate’s qualifications, including how their background qualifies them for the position and how their educational experience is relevant to the position as described; 2) a current curriculum vitae; 3) a scholarly paper or dissertation chapter (not to exceed 12,000 words) representing the applicant’s scholarly achievement or potential; and 4) three letters of recommendation. Apply online at https://psu.jobs/job/60819

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled, therefore, incomplete applications may be at a disadvantage.  Initial Skype interviews will be scheduled with candidates.

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