Two positions offered in Animal Studies and Animal Ethics

Two positions in Animal Studies and Animal Ethics have been recently announced. One is a PhD position in Texas, the other one is a Postdoctoral one in Ontario. If you’re planning to apply you should hurry up! Here’s the info:

Abby Benjamin Postdoctoral Fellowship in Animal Studies

The Department of Philosophy at Queen’s University announces 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 be actively involved in the day-to-day life of the Department, 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.

Each full application should include a curriculum-vitae, together with a statement of research interests, a teaching dossier, and a writing sample. Applicants should supply information concerning any interruptions in their academic careers and other factors that may have affected their capacity to complete scholarly work. Applications should be sent to the Department of Philosophy, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, K7L 3N6, to arrive by February 1, 2013. It is the responsibility of the applicants to have three letters of reference sent directly by their referees. References may be mailed to the postal address above, or sent by email to For more information, visit

PhD Position in Applied Ethics, Texas A&M University

The Department of Philosophy at Texas A&M University is seeking a PhD student in the area of Applied Ethics to begin in the fall of 2013. Qualified candidates should have a BA or MA in Philosophy or closely related discipline, and have interests in genetics and ethics, particularly in the area of environmental, agricultural or animal science.  PhD students in Philosophy at Texas A&M are also required to have, or to obtain as part of their graduate study at Texas A&M, a supplementary MA in another discipline relevant to their research. Preference will be given to applicants with some background in science, although this is not required for the position. Evidence of excellent organizational and communication skills will be advantageous.

The funding for this position is provided by NSF award SES-1237881 and includes a stipend and 9 credit hours of tuition each semester. The candidate who is appointed will be responsible, for the first three years of appointment, for assisting in the organization and teaching of the interdisciplinary course Genomics and Society at Texas A&M University.

Review of applications will begin on February 14th 2013 and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Applicants must apply and be accepted to the graduate program in Philosophy at TAMU to be considered for this position ( Candidates should also submit (a) a cover letter that specifically addresses the job requirements, outlines qualifications, and highlights research interests and skill sets and (b) a resume/CV to Dr Clare Palmer, Department of Philosophy, Mailstop TAMU 4237, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-4237 or to For further information or to discuss the position prior to applying, please contact Dr Clare Palmer by e-mail.

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