Postdoctoral Fellowship in Philosophy and Mental Disorder

Maryland, United States
Salary Not Specified
Oct 18, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Hanna Pickard , Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Bioethics, in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics , invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Philosophy and Mental Disorder. The fellowship is an opportunity to pursue an independent research project while working alongside Professor Pickard and, simultaneously, to participate in the Berman Institute’s Hecht-Levi Postdoctoral Fellowship in Bioethics. There is no specific requirement of research topic, but the proposed project must have an interdisciplinary orientation and align with Professor Pickard’s own interests. These include but are not limited to: addiction, anorexia, personality disorders; questions of self-identity, agency, emotions, mental capacity, and responsibility in mental disorder; irrationality, mental health and social and criminal justice. Applicants must also have an interest in the opportunity afforded by the Berman Institute of Bioethics to connect philosophical and scientific research into mental disorder with issues in health ethics and policy.

As a member of the Hecht-Levi cohort of Bioethics Postdoctoral Fellows at the Berman Institute, the Fellow will have access to Berman Institute faculty and resources, including weekly seminars, presentations, discussions with leading academics and policy makers, professional development training, outreach efforts, and teaching opportunities commensurate with experience and background. In addition, they will have an affiliation with the William H. Miller III Department of Philosophy and the opportunity to be part of the interdisciplinary Foundations of Mind Group at Johns Hopkins and so have access to faculty members, events, and possible collaborations across the Departments of Philosophy, Cognitive Science, and Psychological and Brain Sciences.

Applications are welcome from candidates who will have a Ph.D. by the start date of the fellowship. The Ph.D may be either in philosophy, or in psychology or cognitive science provided the applicant has had past exposure to and an ongoing interest in philosophy which they wish to develop. Applicants should not have held the degree for more than three years by the start date of the appointment.

Start date

September 1, 2021

Terms of Appointment

The fellowship is guaranteed for one year with the expectation of a second year of funding, contingent on review. Applicants may not be employed by another institution and are expected to be in residence for the duration of the appointment.

Salary is $60 000 per year, plus health and other benefits, and there is a modest discretionary fund for travel to relevant conferences and research expenses.

For general information about the nature of Postdoctoral Fellowships at the Berman Institute please contact the Director of Education Initiatives, Professor Gail Geller, at . For questions specific to the Fellowship in Philosophy and Mental Disorder, please contact Professor Hanna Pickard, at .

The application window will open on October 19, 2020 . Applications must be uploaded by December 18, 2020 via Interfolio .

Complete applications require the following materials:

  • A short covering letter
  • A current CV
  • Copy of graduate transcript(s)
  • Three letters of reference
  • A representative manuscript or publication
  • A research proposal (not to exceed 1500 words) detailing (i) relevant research background; (ii) proposed research project to be pursued during the fellowship, including a brief description of its alignment with Professor Pickard’s research interests; (iii) how the project connects to issues in health ethics and policy and/or what the applicant would hope to gain from being part of the Berman Institute.

Johns Hopkins is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities, and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Consistent with the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will assess the comprehensive qualifications of each applicant.

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