PhD position in environmental ethics at the University of Zurich


The Ethics Research Institute at the University of Zurich is looking for a PhD student (funded for 3-4 years) in environmental ethics. The research will take place in an interdisciplinary research project called “People’s Place in Nature” which focuses on therelations that people have in and with nature and addresses the question of the role that such relations could play in the argumentation for a considerate and responsible interaction with nature.

In this project, philosophers from the Ethics Research Institute collaborate closely with social scientists from the human geography department, the project is integrated into a larger research consortium including ecologists and environmental scientists.

The PhD project could address one of the following general topics:

  • –  Different types of environmental values
  • –  The moral foundation of environmental responsibilities
  • –  Environmental virtue ethics
  • –  The ethical limitations of the ecosystem service concept
  • –  The role of technology in the human-nature relationship

    The candidate should:

  • –  Have a master degree in philosophy at the moment of starting the PhD position
  • –  Have thorough knowledge of environmental ethics
  • –  Be motivated to work in an interdisciplinary team
  • –  Be able to start the PhD position ideally in January 2019

    The application should include the following documents: – CV

  • –  Motivation letter, in which the candidate highlights previous occupations with environmental ethics
  • –  A one-two page description of the research questions that the candidate is interested in and the approach he or she would use to address these questions.

    Please send the application (in English) as a single PDF document by the 31st of October 2018