George Mason University, Virginia, Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy. Assistant Professor

Nov 25, 2015 Dec 18, 2015

The Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy in the Department of Philosophy at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia seeks to appoint an assistant research professor.

AOS: Bioethics, broadly construed, or the moral and social dimensions of fields relevant to bioethics such as health care, biotechnology, neuroethics, information technology, nanotechnology, synthetic biology, and other emerging technologies.

AOC: As many as possible of philosophy of law; moral theory; political philosophy; and philosophy of mind.

Duties will include a 1-1 teaching load in the Department of Philosophy. The remainder of the duties associated with the position will be in the Institute, whose scholars investigate conceptual and normative issues in public policy in areas such as climate change, public welfare, bioethics, strategic affairs, just war theory, international development, and science, technology, and environmental policy. The Institute has significant ties to think tanks and NGOs in the Washington, D.C. area, as well as with the U.S. government and multinational institutions. Research faculty are responsible for seeking and conducting grant-supported research projects, individually or collaboratively. The position requires the successful candidate to cover half of her salary from external funds by at least the third year of the appointment. After two years at the rank of assistant research professor, and with proven success in raising external funds, the candidate may be eligible for conversion to a tenure-track position, starting at the rank of assistant professor.

Appointments will begin August 2016. A Ph.D. in philosophy must be completed prior to the beginning of the appointment. Application materials should include (1) a letter of interest describing the applicant’s qualifications, interests, and experience in generating external research support or making the case that future work will likely generate such support, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a sample paper or publication, and (4) three letters of reference. For best consideration applications should be received by December 15, 2016.

Applications should be sent to:
Bioethics search, c/o Prof. Andrew Light,
Department of Philosophy 3F1,
George Mason University, Fairfax, VA 22030.
Any questions about the appointment should be sent to Andrew Light at Light.

The Department of Philosophy teaches a wide variety of undergraduate courses and is home to MA programs in philosophy, including concentrations in ethics and public affairs and in neuroethics. The Fairfax campus of George Mason University is located in the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area within commuting distance by public transportation from the center of Washington and accessible to the multiple public and private institutions of public policy in the area. George Mason is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences particularly encourages and welcomes applications from women, minority candidates, and persons with disabilities.

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