Postdoctoral Scholar in Engineering Ethics

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
College of the Liberal Arts
Rock Ethics Institute


The Rock Ethics Institute (REI) ( at Penn State has a threefold mission to promote ethics scholarship, education, and outreach. In particular, we aim to motivate high impact ethics research by supporting interdisciplinary collaborations that seek solutions to pressing ethical challenges, to promote ethical literacy and leadership across Penn State through support of curricular enhancements and events that incorporate ethical reflection, and to engage community partners and the public in collaborative ways that translate research into practical solutions. We seek applicants for a Post-doctoral position that will be divided roughly 50/50 in terms of supporting the research and education missions of the REI. The research portion of the position will allow the Post-doctoral Scholar to work with members of the REI core faculty who are focused on Engineering, Technology and Ethics. These faculty are working in a diverse range of topics including ethical issues related to critical infrastructure, the food-energy-water nexus, life cycle analysis, privacy, security, online influence and manipulation, artificial intelligence, and robotics. The education portion of the position will involve collaborations with the Leonhard Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Education ( to enhance the ethics education of upper division engineering undergraduates and of engineering graduate students. The Post-doctoral Scholar will become part of a team to develop and offer workshops to prepare faculty members to integrate ethics into their courses. Depending on the interests and expertise of the successful candidate, there will be opportunities to engage in the assessment of the effectiveness of ethics education and the process through which faculty are supported to integrate ethics into their courses. The Post-doctoral scholarship is a twelve-month, full time (40 hours per week) appointment and may be continued for a second year contingent upon the needs of the Institute. The salary will be based on experience and qualifications. The successful candidate will receive training and mentorship and will be expected to work on co-authored publications and engage in research that will contribute to their own research trajectory. Scholars may also receive experience working on grants. They will also receive support to allow them to participate in seminars and conferences appropriate to their personal career goals. Applicants must have completed the requirements for their Ph.D. by the appointment date. Candidates should submit an online application and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent confidentially to Toni Auman at A complete application will include the following materials: A cover letter detailing the candidate’s qualifications, including how their background qualifies them for one or more of the above listed areas of interest and how their experience is relevant to the position as described; a current curriculum vitae; a scholarly paper or dissertation chapter (not to exceed 12,000 words) representing the applicant’s scholarly achievement or potential; three letters of recommendation. To ensure full consideration, complete applications should be received by December 15, 2019, but applications will be considered until the position is filled. The selection committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and incomplete applications may be at a disadvantage. Initial Skype interviews will be scheduled with candidates. Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies. Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workplace.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088