Research Scholar

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Department: Humanities
Work Type: Staff - Full Time
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Ethics

Department: Institute for Policy, Ethics, and Culture 

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

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Job Description Summary

The transdisciplinary Institute for Policy, Ethics, and Culture (IPEC)is seeking a highly motivated, transdisciplinarily oriented ethicist interested in conducting cutting-edge research in applied ethics. Individuals will be developing an externally supported research portfolio, collaborating with Michigan Tech faculty on transdisciplinary research projects, and working with graduate students in the new Ph.D. program in Policy, Ethics, and Culture. This position requires as a self-directed research program as well as collaboration with faculty in the university to contribute an ethics component to research. A successful candidate will have a solid background in ethics and an area of application, such as environmental ethics, ethics in artificial intelligence, or engineering ethics. An ideal candidate would have an established track record in obtaining research funding in applied ethics.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

1. Participate as an integral team member representing the Institute for Policy Ethics and Culture (IPEC) on transdisciplinary research integrating ethics to address policy and socio-cultural issues, problems, and needs.
2. Provide ethics component for ongoing IPEC related research and development projects in scientific, technological, and humanistic disciplines.
3. Contribute to the generation of proposals and external funding related to IPEC.
4. Participate in the direction of PhD students in the graduate program in Policy, Ethics, and Culture.
5. Teach one graduate course per year for the PEC graduate program on applied ethics.
6. Contribute IPEC related ethics expertise to symposia, journal articles, and technical reports.
7. Prepare and deliver IPEC related reports or presentations of research projects/analysis results to project sponsors as appropriate.
8. Commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work. Actively engage in University continuous improvement initiatives.
9. Apply safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

• Ph.D. with significant emphasis in ethics and 1year related research experience.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

• Experience in the application of ethics in an area such as environmental ethics, ethics in artificial intelligence, or engineering ethics.
• Experience with successful funding of research in applied ethics.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

• Experience teaching applied ethics at the graduate level.
• Experience directing graduate student research programs.
• Ability to obtain a Department of Defense security clearance, which requires United States citizenship without dual citizenship.
• Excellent interpersonal, oral/written, and presentation communication skills.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff.
• Demonstrated commitment to contribute to a safe work environment.
• Ability to exercise discretion and sound judgment with respect to significant matters related to job duties.
• Demonstrated commitment to a healthy work environment.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

• Ability to clearly communicate ideas at meetings and symposia.

Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 4 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

  • Annual Title IX Training


Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Other Conditions of Employment:

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment. Visa sponsorship is unavailable at this time. This is not an E-Verified Position.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Appointment Term

12 months

Pay Rate/Salary

Negotiable, No less than $60,000

Title of Position Supervisor

Director, Institute for Policy, Ethics, and Culture

Posting Type

Internal & External

Dependent on Funding


Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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