JOB – Asst. Prof. Environmental Politics, Policy, and Ethics; Virginia Tech

Job announcement: Assistant Professor of Environmental Politics, Policy, and Ethics: Department of Political Science, Virginia Tech.

The Department of Political Science invites applications for a tenure-track position of assistant professor in North American, Anglo-American, or advanced industrialized government and politics with strengths in environmental politics, policy, and ethics; additional specializations in sustainability and urban development or climate change adaptation and social resilience with respect to their regulatory, legal, institutional, or economic impact also are of interest.

Pending final budgetary approval, this position will begin August 10, 2013. Ph.D. required by August 10, 2013. For more information access our website at posting #0122220 to submit a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, recent writing samples, teaching evaluations, along with letters of support from three to five academic references.

Screening of applications will begin October 15, 2012, and continue until the position is filled. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should notify the Chair of the Search Committee or the Virginia Tech Relay Service, 1-800-828-1129.

JOB – Postdoc in animal studies @ Queen’s University; Kingston, Ontario

The Department of Philosophy at Queen’s University invites applications for the new Abby Benjamin Postdoctoral Fellowship in Animal Studies.

This is a one-year non-renewable 12-month fellowship.

The successful applicant will have a demonstrated expertise in animal ethics, law and public policy, show evidence of teaching potential, and be able to participate constructively in departmental and collegial activities. While we interpret animal ethics, law and public policy broadly, and welcome applications from various disciplines that study human-animal relations including political science, law, philosophy, sociology and environmental studies, we are looking in particular for research that critically examines the moral, legal and political dimensions of how human-animal relations are governed.

A recipient of the Fellowship is expected to reside in Kingston, to teach a University course in animal studies, and to collaborate in developing initiatives related to the promotion of the analysis and understanding of animal rights (such as workshops, conferences, public lectures, etc.)

The Fellow will work under the supervision of Prof. Will Kymlicka. The 2013-14 fellowship will start on July 1, 2013. Applicants must have submitted their doctoral dissertation by that date, and must be within five years of having received their doctorate. The salary for the postdoctoral fellowship will be $40,000, which includes remuneration for teaching a half-course in animal ethics or a cognate subject.

Applications are due by February 1st, 2013. For more information, visit, or contact Prof. Kymlicka (

JOB – Asst. Prof. Philosophy, Towson University

Job announcement:
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Towson University 
Towson, Maryland, United States

Job Description

Assistant Professor, tenure track beginning Fall 2013.  AOS:  Philosophy of Science.  AOC:  One or more of the following:  Environmental philosophy, metaphysics, or philosophy of mind.  Qualifications:  Ph.D. in philosophy required.  ABD candidates may be considered if the doctorate is completed by June 2013.  Usual non-teaching duties.  Salary competitive.  Applicants must possess strong commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarly productivity.

How to Apply

Send letter of application, C.V., official transcripts, a writing sample and three Professional Letters of Recommendation postmarked by December 1, 2012 to Mrs. Stephannie Faison, Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies, Towson University, 8000 York Road, Towson, Maryland 21252-0001.  Fax:  4l0-704-4398.  E-mail:

JOB – Asst. Professor; Goucher College

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies; Goucher College; Baltimore, Maryland

Goucher College invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position beginning Fall 2013 at the rank of assistant professor in Environmental Studies, with an emphasis on solutions to human-environmental interactions.  The new hire must be able to mentor students, perform scholarly research, have a strong commitment to teaching within the context of the liberal arts, and provide service to the Environmental Studies Program and the college.  Teaching duties include introductory, intermediate, and advanced environmental studies courses.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in the social sciences (environmental studies, political science, sociology, sustainability, geography, anthropology, or a related field) and experience integrating knowledge from multiple disciplines to propose and/or implement solutions to environmental issues.  Preferred candidates will have teaching experience and demonstrated expertise using diverse perspectives and methodologies in one or more of the following areas: environmental policy, urban sustainability, environmental justice, and/or urban agriculture.  Ability to take advantage of (1) the College’s location through place-based learning and (2) the Colleges distinctive attributes, including community service and international perspective, is a plus.

Goucher College is a selective liberal arts college located in Towson, Maryland, twenty minutes north of Baltimore. As the first traditional liberal arts college in the country to require all undergraduate students to study abroad, Goucher is well known for its academic rigor, global perspective, and sense of community.  The college’s strategic plan emphasizes environmental sustainability and international and intercultural experiences.  There are opportunities for faculty to develop courses and experiences with an international focus.  Goucher College is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community and encourages applicants that will fulfill that mission.

Interested applicants must apply through Goucher’s online system by December 1, 2012.

Please submit the following application materials online:

  • CV
  • Cover letter
  • Statements of scholarly and teaching interests, areas of expertise, and teaching philosophy.

Three letters of recommendation and official graduate transcripts should be forwarded separately to Provosts Office, Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Baltimore, MD 21204-2794.

Goucher College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

JOB – Postdoc, Social Sciences & Humanities, Univ. of South Florida

University of South Florida Postdoctoral Scholars
Social Sciences and Humanities, 2013-14
Global Change in a Dynamic World

Application deadline: December 7th, 2012

The University of South Florida has embarked on an ambitious program to
enhance its rising stature as a pre-eminent research university with
state, national and global impact, and position itself for membership in
the Association of American Universities through: (1) Expanding
world-class interdisciplinary research, creative and scholarly endeavors;
(2) promoting globally competitive programs in teaching and research; (3)
expanding local and global engagement initiatives to strengthen
sustainable and healthy communities; and (4) enhancing revenue through
external support.  Details are available in the USF Strategic Plan.

As part of this initiative, the University of South Florida is pleased to
announce the fifth year of its Postdoctoral Scholars program in the Social
Sciences and Humanities. The over-arching theme for this year’s scholars
is Global Change in a Dynamic World. Potential themes include (but are not
limited to) sustainability; sustainable development; hazard and disaster
management; climate change; population changes; technology and information
issues; communication and language development; cultural diasporas;
ethnicity, gender, and aging issues; cultural heritage and histories;
citizenship; identity; health, economic, education, and environmental
disparities; political economy; ethics; human rights; animal rights; peace
and conflict studies; injury and violence; security and surveillance
issues. Specific research and geographical areas are open, and applicants
may consider both past and contemporary perspectives.

Postdoctoral Scholars will: (i) contribute to one or more of the priority
goals of the strategic plan; (ii) work closely with distinguished faculty;
(iii) participate in interdisciplinary and programmatic seminar series;
(iv) teach two courses over a twelve-month period; and (v) continue to
build an independent research record and engage in publishing refereed
articles and creative scholarship.

Postdoctoral Scholars
At least six twelve-month postdoctoral scholarships will be awarded in
Spring 2013 with appointments beginning August 5th, 2013. Appointments are
for full time employment (40 hours per week) and will be continued for a
maximum of 2 years contingent upon satisfactory performance. The salary is
$40,000 per year and the University contributes to a health insurance
program for postdoctoral scholars and their dependents (up to $6,000).
Support for travel to academic conferences will also be available.
Scholars will be responsible for relocation and housing expenses.  Please
refer to the link: for
additional information about eligibility and the applicant process.

PhD Position – Ethics of Living with Large Predators; Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands)

PhD Position – Ethics of Living with Large Predators
Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Faculty of Science
Vacancy number: 62.75.12
Closing date: 11 November 2012 


The Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (ISIS) offers a PhD position within the VIDI project ‘Reading the Landscape. A Hermeneutic Approach to Environmental Ethics’, funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).
This overall project aims to develop a new approach to environmental ethics in order to deal with moral conflicts arising from ongoing, large-scale landscape changes directed towards ‘rewilding’. It builds on the idea that landscapes are interpreted in various ways, and that environmental narratives based on these readings play a key role in our moral relationships with the environment. Understanding the meaning of a landscape is part of an ongoing dialogue about who ‘we’ are and what the world is to ‘us’. By examining relevant ethical narratives at play in these conflicts, this project seeks to overcome the deadlock in moral debates on issues regarding landscape change and to help deepen moral debates on ecological restoration projects in cultural landscapes.
The sub-project ‘The Ethics of Living with Large Predators’ will examine normative motives at play in conflicts involving the reintroduction of live predators such as wolves and other ‘inconvenient’ species, which challenges our perceived notions of identity and our sense of place.
The PhD project will be carried out under the supervision of principal investigator Dr. Martin Drenthen and Prof. dr. Hub Zwart or Prof. dr. Jozef Keulartz.

As a PhD researcher you will have the following tasks: designing and conducting research, providing project-related training, and performing limited teaching duties. You will be expected to present your research results in renowned scientific journals and at international conferences. The research should lead to a PhD thesis.

Work environment

Radboud University Nijmegen is one of the leading academic communities in the Netherlands. Renowned for its leafy campus, modern buildings and state-of-the-art equipment, it has nine faculties and enrols over 17,500 students in approximately 90 study programmes. The university is located in Nijmegen, the oldest city in the Netherlands, close to the German border. Nijmegen has a rich history and one of the liveliest city centres in the Netherlands.

The Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (ISIS) is part of the Faculty of Sciences. Its mission is to analyse, assess and improve the societal embedding of science and technology through research, education and communication in close collaboration with other institutes of the Faculty of Science. ISIS conducts research into visions of nature, sustainable technologies and the role of scientific expertise in knowledge societies. ISIS also provides education to Master’s students of the Faculty of Science. It offers several courses in the fields of Sciences and Society, Philosophy, Water and Nature Management, Science Communication (C track) and Management and Technology (MT track).

The ISIS Centre for Nature and Society (CNS) combines research in the fields of environmental philosophy, social environmental science and environmental ethics with environmental science. It aims to expand our understanding of the relationship between humans and the natural world, and to contribute to a more sustainable society.

What we expect from you

You should have a Master’s degree in Philosophy or in another discipline relevant to the research project (or the date of obtaining the degree must have been officially set). You should have an interest in the ethical dimensions of contemporary nature conservation issues, and be familiar with the tradition of phenomenology and/or philosophical hermeneutics. Furthermore, you should have a talent for research and for communicating with various audiences (in writing and in person), and be willing to participate in an interdisciplinary research team. Finally, you should have the following competences: conceptual ability, presentation, planning and organization, and progress monitoring.

What we have to offer

We offer you:
– employment: 1,0 fte;
– in addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
– The gross starting salary amounts to €2,042 per month based on full-time employment, and will increase to €2,612 per month in the fourth year;
– duration of the contract: 4 years;
– you will be appointed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years;
– you will be classified as a PhD student (promovendus) in the Dutch university job-ranking system (UFO).

Are you interested in our excellent employment conditions?

Would you like to know more?
Further information on: ISIS
dr. Martin Drenthen
Telephone: +31 24 3652730


Are you interested?
Please include with your application a CV, a letter of motivation, a research statement explaining your research interests and how they relate to the project, a short summary of your Master’s thesis (2 pages max.), a list of all university courses taken, and the names and contact details of two referees.

It is Radboud University Nijmegen’s policy to only accept applications by e-mail. Please send your application, stating vacancy number 62.75.12, to, for the attention of Ms W. van der Pluijm, before 11 November 2012.
For more information on the application procedure: +31 24 3652131