Postdoc Scholar in Ethics and AI/Emerging Technology

Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at Case Western Reserve University
Ohio, United States
Salary Not specified
Dec 11, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) is pleased to invite applications from creative, highly-qualified, and motivated scholars for a postdoctoral position in the area of ethics and artificial intelligence (AI)/emerging technologies. 

Case Western Reserve University recently launched a new strategic plan called “Think Big,” that includes a strong commitment to interdisciplinary research and the development of ideas at the intersection of the Humanities and Technology (for more information, please visit ). The Inamori Center also has Ethics and Emerging Technology as one of its core focus areas (please visit At CWRU, there are many opportunities and efforts underway on our campus and with external partners to ensure that our faculty, staff, and students are contributing to the cutting edge of innovation while maintaining the highest ethical standards and fully exploring the ethical dimensions and human impact of everything that we create. This position is intended to bring someone to the Inamori Center to assist in these efforts and help ensure that our community and our partners at every level are engaged in meaningful and productive reflection and discussions of ethical issues in emerging technology and are integrating and embedding ethical considerations into every aspect of their research and development work. The Scholar will join a burgeoning campus and international community interested in interdisciplinary work on the ethical and societal dimensions of AI and other emerging technologies. The successful applicant will:

  • Conduct original research in the ethics of AI and emerging technologies;

  • Contribute to the continued development and teaching of a course in this area;

  • Contribute to local and international grant and curricular development initiatives, including creating ethics modules for courses in fields such as computer science and engineering; 

  • Mentor and collaborate with graduate students in the nation’s only Military Ethics MA program; 

  • Contribute to Inamori Center initiatives with other duties as assigned; and

  • May have the opportunity to teach a course in this area, in either the summer or fall 2021 terms, with an appointment in the College of Arts and Sciences Department of Philosophy


Candidates must, at the time of appointment, have a Ph.D. in Philosophy or a related field with an AOC or AOS (preferred) in Ethics or a closely related subfield. They also must have demonstrated ability to conduct interdisciplinary research regarding ethics and technology. PhD must not be earned prior to 2016.

Application Instructions

In order to be considered for the program, applicants must submit:

  • A cover letter with contact and biographical information.

  • An academic c.v. including detailed information on your scholarly projects, publications, degrees and awards, teaching experience, expert skills, etc.

  • A personal statement describing how and why you would like to contribute to the Inamori Center’s efforts and initiatives to ensure the integration of ethical considerations in the development of new and emerging technology. 

  • At least two reference letters. 

There is a one-year term for this position, although it is subject to renewal for a second year, conditional on the availability of funding and performance during the first year. The term of the position will commence sometime between February 1 and February 28, 2021. The review of applications will begin January 4, 2021. Candidates should submit their applications no later than January 11, 2021.