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Postdoctoral Fellow - Notre Dame Institute for Ethics and the Common Good

University of Notre Dame
Indiana, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Jun 20, 2024

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Postdoctoral Fellow - Notre Dame Institute for Ethics and the Common Good

Location: Notre Dame, IN
Open Date: Jun 14, 2024
Deadline: Jul 07, 2024 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Description: Notre Dame's newly established Institute for Ethics and the Common Good (ECG) (formerly the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study) is hiring a two-year postdoctoral fellow to join a growing interdisciplinary research group in virtue ethics. The fellow will be in residence at the Institute from August 1, 2024 to June 30, 2026.

The fellow will:
  • Pursue a substantial research project aimed at either advancing understanding of a foundational question in virtue ethics or applying some aspect of virtue ethics to an emerging ethical problem.
  • Participate in weekly research seminars and events at the Institute for Ethics and the Common Good.
  • Work with Institute staff to develop and administer programming for the Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Center for Virtue Ethics.
  • Work with a faculty mentor and committee to design and implement two conferences on virtue ethics over two years.

We welcome candidates with backgrounds in moral philosophy, moral theology, or social ethics. Candidates should have received a Ph.D. in one of these areas within the last five years, or be an advanced doctoral student nearing the completion of their dissertation. The Ph.D. should already be in hand at the time of appointment or anticipated within the first year of the fellowship.

The postdoctoral fellow will receive $80,000 per year and full benefits through the University of Notre Dame, as well as a $1,000 research account.

The postdoctoral fellow will have a primary appointment in the ECG, including shared office space. He/she will receive mentorship from the faculty and staff of the Institute and work closely with Clemens Sedmak, Professor of Social Ethics and Director of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, to design and implement the conference programs.

The fellow will be expected to present once per semester at the ECG research seminar, participate in the other weekly research seminars and regularly scheduled retreats for the Institute's fellows, and serve on committees designing the academic program for the Jenkins Center for Virtue Ethics. The postdoc will be in residence in South Bend for the duration of the fellowship.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, research proposal, writing sample, and two letters of reference. The research proposal (no more than 2 pages, single spaced) should discuss the research project(s) the fellow intends to work on during their time as a fellow. The cover letter should address what the candidate would contribute to an interdisciplinary ethics institute.

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on July 7, 2024.


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This appointment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Applicants will be asked to identify all felony convictions and/or pending felony charges. Felony convictions do not automatically bar an individual from employment. Each case will be examined separately to determine the appropriateness of employment in the particular position. Failure to be forthcoming or dishonesty with respect to felony disclosures can result in the disqualification of a candidate. The full procedure can be viewed at

Equal Opportunity Employment Statement
The University of Notre Dame seeks to attract, develop, and retain the highest quality faculty, staff and administration. The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace. We strongly encourage applications from female and minority candidates and those candidates attracted to a university with a Catholic identity. Moreover, Notre Dame prohibits discrimination against veterans or disabled qualified individuals, and requires affirmative action by covered contractors to employ and advance veterans and qualified individuals with disabilities in compliance with 41 CFR 60-741.5(a) and 41 CFR 60-300.5(a).


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