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PPE-Related Job Opportunities

PPE-Related Job Opportunities


University of Houston: The Hobby School of Public Affairs at the University of Houston (UH) seeks to hire three tenured or tenure-track faculty members to begin in fall 2021. Our school is new and we are growing. We are well-supported by UH and we are interested in applicants who will help chart the future of our school with fresh ideas, practical experience, and an interdisciplinary mindset. Our faculty include experts in theoretical, practical, and analytical disciplines associated with public policy and we seek to complement that collective expertise with the three new hires. The University of Houston is a Carnegie Designated Tier One Research University and is one of the most racially and ethnically diverse institutions in the nation.

Competitive candidates may have expertise in one or more of the following areas or in another foundational area of public policy or policymaking:

Philosophy or ethics of some area of public policy, including, but not limited to, education, energy, the environment, health, housing, immigration, or in a theoretical perspective such as race, gender, governance, or markets that cuts across and informs diverse policy areas.

Policy data formulation and analysis –Individuals with cross-cutting disciplinary and/or methodological interests are encouraged to apply. Candidates with strong formal and methodological skill sets in areas including, but not limited to, data visualization, decision algorithms, GIS, natural language processing, network analysis, small area models, survey research methods, laboratory and/or field experiments, and probabilistic forecasts are of high interest.

Some core area of public policy and policymaking, including, but not limited to, education, energy, the environment, foreign economic policy, health, housing, immigration, public finance, voting, political institutions, political economy, social mobility, urban and community development, or other significant public policy areas.

Review of applications will begin December 1, 2020 and continue until the position is filled.

Visit job page HERE to learn more.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: The Department of Philosophy and the Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) Program seek to appoint one (or more) non-tenure track Teaching Assistant Professor(s) to begin July 1, 2021. Initial appointments will be for a term of 1 year with the possibility of renewal for two more years. Area of study is in social and political philosophy or another area directly connected to PPE.

The successful candidate(s) will be expected to teach two undergraduate courses per semester and actively participate in the PPE Program and its events. They will be joining an active, vigorous, and welcoming philosophical community.

Qualifications and Experience:

AOS: social and political philosophy or another area directly connected to PPE.

Review of applications will begin November 30, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.

Visit job posting HERE to learn more.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: The Department of Philosophy in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is seeking to appoint a tenure-track faculty member – preferably an Assistant Professor, or an early-in rank Associate Professor — to begin July 1, 2021. This person would be a core faculty member in our thriving Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) Program and would be expected to contribute substantially to the PPE program. Salary commensurate with qualifications. Applications from women and minorities are particularly welcome.

Qualifications and Experience:

AOS: Open, with areas of specialization that might reasonably be seen as falling under the PPE umbrella (e.g. political philosophy, ethics, feminism, philosophy of race, philosophy of social science) are especially encouraged to apply. AOC: less an area of competence but still… a willingness and capacity to teach courses that cover aspects of political economy, public choice, and game theory is essential.

Review of applications will begin November 30, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.

Visit job posting HERE to learn more.

University of Washington: The Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy & Governance, at the University of Washington, invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning in Fall 2021 (100% FTE, 9-month appointment). Our School values diversity, rigor, and innovative approaches to public policy and public administration, including work that addresses issues of marginalization, discrimination, and opportunity in institutions, policy, and governance. All University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research, and service.


PhD in Public Policy, Public Administration or other relevant field, or foreign equivalent required.

The Evans School seeks candidates whose work addresses applied ethics and justice in the areas of public policy and public administration. In particular, we seek candidates whose scholarship and teaching focus on contemporary issues of ethics and justice in the public domain. We are interested in candidates whose work addresses the relationship between law and society; ethics of public leadership and bureaucratic behavior; democratic theory and theories of justice; and/or civil society.

Application Instructions:

Applicants should provide a formal letter of interest indicating teaching and research interests, curriculum vitae, at least three letters of recommendation, samples of research work and teaching experience (with course evaluations if available), and a statement noting how their teaching, research and service have the potential to support the Evans School’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

All application materials should be submitted to Interfolio. Applications received by November 29, 2020 will receive full consideration. Review will continue until the position is filled. Please contact Julianne Slate, Assistant to the Dean at jslate5@uw.edu with questions.

University of Oxford: The Global Priorities Institute (GPI) at the University of Oxford – part of the Faculty of Philosophy  – is currently advertising four-year postdoc positions (Postdoctoral and Senior Research Fellowships in Philosophy).

The central focus of GPI is what we call ‘global priorities research’, which centres on the question “What should we do with a given unit of resources if our aim is to do the most good?” We are particularly interested in hiring specialists in moral philosophy and/or decision theory. More information and example research questions can be found in GPI’s research agenda.

For current graduate students, postdocs at GPI are a great way to launch an academic career. Team-based and individual research on global priorities topics is combined with substantial freedom to pursue one’s own unrelated projects (e.g. working on publications related to a recent PhD dissertation), there is plenty of funding for infrastructure and travel, and the Institute takes support for career development very seriously. GPI is as yet too young to have an established placement record, but we confidently expect GPI postdocs to go on to tenure-track positions in the very best research universities.

Applications close on 11 November (midday UK time), and more details on the posts can be found at the Postdoctoral and Senior Research Fellow position pages on the GPI website. We particularly encourage applications from women, black and ethnic minority candidates, as these groups are underrepresented in philosophy.

If you are interested in global priorities research or GPI in general, but these posts are not right for, you can also have a look at our opportunities page for more information. There, you can also fill out an expression of interest to get in touch.

Please contact gpi-office@philosophy.ox.ac.uk if you have any questions or would like to explore further.

Virginia Tech: The Department of Political Science and the Kellogg Center for Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Virginia Tech invite applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor. The successful candidate for this position will be a regular faculty member in the Department of Political Science and a PPE Core Faculty in the Center, as well as an active member in the PPE community.

We seek applications from outstanding political scientists and philosophers in the analytic tradition who are familiar with formal methods, in particular game theory, public choice theory, and social choice theory, and specialize in political theory, political philosophy, U.S. political institutions, or political economy. In addition, the successful candidate must have a promising interdisciplinary research agenda in PPE (demonstrated through dissertation work, publications in leading outlets, and/or work in progress) that allows research collaborations with PPE Core Faculty and faculty members in the Center’s core departments.

This position includes research, teaching, and service responsibilities. Teaching responsibilities include regular courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the Department of Political Science (including a large introductory course and/or methods course) and core courses for the PPE degree programs that the Center oversees (including PPE intro, gateway, and capstone courses). The standard teaching load is four courses per academic year.

Further details available HERE

Review date: October 28, 2020

As of 11/5/20, applications are still being reviewed.