PhD Studentships in Applied Ethics

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IDEA Centre, University of Leeds
United Kingdom
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The Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied Centre offers a Studentship in Applied Ethics, broadly construed, to a high quality candidate for its full-time or part-time PhD programme. The studentship is tenable for 3yr (f-t) or 5yr (p-t) from September/October 2018 and has both tuition and maintenance components: academic fees will be will be covered at the UK/EU rate and the maintenance provided at the standard Research Councils UK stipend rate [currently £14,553 for 2017/18, tax free]. The award will be made conditionally on successful application for admission to study for PhD in the Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied Centre. This application is made through the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science (see admission procedure below). Renewal of the studentship each year is subject to satisfactory progress towards PhD completion.

This award is conditional on successful application for admission to study for a PhD in the Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied Centre. Applications must be received by 9th March 2018 to be guaranteed consideration. After that time we will continue to accept applications until the places are filled or until 23rd April 2018 (whichever is sooner). Interviews are likely to be held in the week beginning 9th April 2018 for applications received by 9th March 2018. Interviews for later applications will be arranged as necessary.

We welcome applications from all areas of applied ethics and political philosophy whether interdisciplinary or not. Research undertaken by our current and recently graduated PhD students includes projects on climate change ethics and sustainability, post conflict justice, the problem of dirty hands, the ethics of international trade, engineering ethics, virtue ethics and military conduct, the ethics of healthcare resource allocation, the role of empathy in a virtuous life, the ethics of surveillance, assisted suicide, and moral responsibility.

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Candidates for PhD in the Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied Centre are able to take advantage of a professional training and development scheme for postgraduates which is provided through the Faculty of Arts “LEAP” Training Hub.

As part of their professional development, the Centre will require the successful applicant to undertake teaching for the Centre, after having undertaken any necessary training, which is paid at an hourly rate in addition to the studentship stipend. The normal expectation will be in the region of 40 hours teaching a year, but up to 80 hours a year may be available. The studentship holder will be also be expected to take a full role in the life of the Centre from the Research Activities through to the Professional Ethics Network.

The Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied Centre also offers its PhD students financial support for conference attendance.

It is desirable that applicants have a Master’s level qualification in philosophy, but those who have a very good first degree in philosophy, or a master’s level or very good first degree in a discipline relevant to the Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied Centre, and clear aptitude for the study of applied ethics, will also be considered.

Applications are welcome in all areas of applied ethics. The Centre has research interests and supervisory expertise in a wide range of areas, and particular strengths in:

• Moral psychology (especially desire, emotion, and rationality) and virtue theory;
• Ancient ethics (especially Plato and Aristotle);
• Contemporary moral theory;
• The demandingness of ethics (and gradability in moral theories);
• Political philosophy (especially political obligation);
• Emotions and ethics - the role of emotions in correct responses to ethical considerations;
• Moral development;
• Practical wisdom, practical judgment and moral expertise;
• Ethical issues in leadership and influence;
• The ethics of persuasion, including (but not limited to) rhetoric, advocacy, advertising, the public interest.
• The ethical significance of pleasure and pain (e.g. in public policy, in ethical goal-setting);
• Moral luck and punishment;
• Exploitation;
• Biomedical & Health Care Ethics;
• Psychiatric ethics (including vice and mental illness);
• Informed consent;
• Business ethics and the purpose of business;
• Professional ethics (and engineering ethics in particular);
• Integrity (in individuals and in organisations);
• Climate change and responsibility;
• Privacy and surveillance issues, including the ethics of big data;
• Artificial intelligence and robotics;
• Media ethics

Background of the Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied Centre

Our vision is to be a world-class centre for excellence in teaching and research in professional and applied ethics. Founded in 2005 with an initial injection of nearly £3million from HEFCE, it is now self-sustaining, employs 12 full-time academics, working in partnership with host disciplines across the University to develop UG and PG teaching in applied ethics. It also has a role in supporting such developments nationally. Since its inception it has developed significant Research andProfessional Ethics Consultancy activity and has a lively programme of research seminars, research workshops and conferences to which its PGR students are expected to contribute. It has attracted charitable, professional body and learned society support for these events.

The Centre currently teaches in the following areas: Medical Ethics, Engineering Ethics, Business Ethics, Ethics and Nanotechnology, Media Ethics, Environmental Ethics, Computing Ethics, Ethics in Dentistry, Professional Ethics and Research Ethics. It would be an advantage for the successful candidate’s research to contribute to our expertise in at least one of these areas.


Deadline for Applications: 
March 9, 2018
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