The Jagiellonian University in Kraków welcomes applications for
postdoctoral ("adiunkt") and PhD (assistant researcher) positions in the
project "Deep uncertainties in bioethics: genetic research, preventive
medicine, reproductive decisions" (BIOUNCERTAINTY), funded by the European
Research Council  (ERC) Starting Grant. The Principal Investigator of this
project is Dr. Tomasz ?uradzki (Philosophy, Jagiellonian University). 

Job description
The persons appointed will be expected to be engaged in high-level
interdisciplinary research relevant to the project goals, to publish in
their specialist fields, present papers at appropriate scholarly
conferences and meetings, and assist with the administration of the project
and its events. There is no obligation to teach (but the possibility exists
if someone would like to do so). In the case of postdoctoral position
knowledge of Polish is not necessary. The successful candidates will
initially appointed for a period of one year, which may be extended by two
years (postdoc) or three years (PhD position -  assistant researcher).
Starting date: PhD position - October 1, 2019; postdoctoral position -
October 1, 2019 or later. The position is based at the Interdisciplinary
Centre of Ethics and the Institute of Philosophy of the Jagiellonian
University, in central Kraków (52 Grodzka Street). The Jagiellonian
University is one of the oldest universities in Europe (established in
1364) and now one of the two best universities in Poland. 

Areas of Specialization
ethics (incl. applied ethics; bioethics, value theory, normative ethics);
moral psychology; philosophy of science etc.

postdoctoral position ("adiunkt") €30,000-45,000 
PhD position (research assistant ) €20,000-28,000 
(Gross per annum depending on experience; health and social insurance are
included, we can also cover expenses for travel, conferences and research

Application deadline
30 June 2019 (applications received after the deadline may be considered if
the position has not yet been filled or during the next job opening which
is expected in the future).

Project description
Uncertainty is everywhere, as the saying goes, but rarely considered in
ethical reflections. This project aims to reinterpret ethical discussions
on current advances in biomedicine: instead of understanding bioethical
positions as extensions of classical normative views in ethics
(consequentialism, deontologism, contractualism etc.), my project
interprets them more accurately as involving various normative approaches
to decision making under uncertainty. The following hard cases in bioethics
provide the motivation for research:
1) Regulating scientific research under uncertainty about the
ontological/moral status (e.g. parthenogenetic stem cells derived from
human parthenotes) in the context of meta-reasoning under normative
2) The value of preventive medicine in healthcare (e.g. vaccinations) in
the context of decision-making under metaphysical indeterminacy.
3) Population or reproductive decisions (e.g. preimplantation genetic
diagnosis) in the context of valuing mere existence.
The main drive behind this project is the rapid progress in biomedical
research combined with new kinds of uncertainties. These new and “deep”
uncertainties trigger specific forms of emotions and cognitions that
influence normative judgments and decisions. The main research questions
that will be addressed by conceptual analysis, new psychological
experiments, and case studies are the following: how do the heuristics and
biases (H&B) documented by behavioral scientists influence the formation of
normative judgments in bioethical contexts; how to demarcate between
distorted and undistorted value judgments; to what extent is it permissible
for individuals or policy makers to yield to H&B. The hypothesis is that
many existing bioethical rules, regulations, practices seem to have emerged
from unreliable reactions, rather than by means of deliberation on the
possible justifications for alternative ways to decide about them under
several layers and types of uncertainty.

Enquiries about the appointments procedure and related matters may be made
to Monika Prus, the grant administrator, at or by
telephone on +48 12 663 30 08. Enquiries about academic matters may be made
to Dr. Tomasz ?uradzki, the Principal Investigator, at  

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