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Posted: Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

Postdoctoral Fellow in Neuroethics

Saturday, July 15th, 2017
Neuroethics Research Unit, Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Roxanne Caron
We are seeking a postdoctoral fellow, or possibly a very strong graduate student, to lead empirical and conceptual research on free will which includes the examination of people’s beliefs in free will as well as the implications of such beliefs (e.g., for stigmatization, health-related behaviour, or moral decisions). The fellow will work at the Neuroethics research unit ( in partnership with the University of Cologne.

Our project aims to contribute, from a pragmatist standpoint, to a better understanding of beliefs in free will in the context of ethics theory and practice. This entails bridging different disciplinary approaches using conceptual, quantitative, and qualitative methods. Outcomes of this project would include, among others, a review paper detailing the state of knowledge about belief in free will and its implications and empirical papers based on experimental quantitative research. This position is funded by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. This is a 12-month position with possible renewal.

• Ph.D. training in psychology or sociology or bioethics or philosophy*
• Interest in pursuing theoretical and empirical research on free will
• Very good communication and interpersonal skills
• Publication and scientific communication experience
• Organization skills and proficient time management
• Interdisciplinary teamwork experience an asset
• Ideally, interdisciplinary background in ethics, primarily in social science (e.g. quantitative psychology/sociology, literature reviews) and secondarily in philosophy (e.g. ethics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of neuroscience/neurophilosophy)

Position remains open until filled.
Start date: as soon as September 1, 2017.

Submit by email a CV, a cover letter and two reference letters to: Eric Racine, Ph.D., Director, Neuroethics research unit (neuroethics@ircm. Please specify if you are applying for a postdoctoral fellowship or graduate scholarship. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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