Duke University, Social Science Research Institute, and
Kenan Institute for Ethics

3250 15399
Position ID:Duke-SSRI-MIDSPOSTDOC [#15399]
Position Title: MIDS Postdoctoral Associate
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map]
Subject Area: Data Science
Starting Date:2020/01/01
Appl Deadline:2019/12/31 11:59PMhelp popup* finished (2019/11/06, finished 2020/01/06, listed until 2019/12/31)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications is accepted. ***

Data Science Ethics and Policy Fellowship

The Duke Master in Interdisciplinary Data Science (MIDS) Program and Kenan Institute for Ethics seeks a Data Science Ethics and Policy Fellow to begin in January of 2020.  The Fellow would teach IDS 704: Data Science Ethics, a six-week course for MIDS students starting in March 2020, help lead the TechTalk series as part of Kenan’s “Technically Right” program, perform research in Data Science Ethics and/or Policy, and would contribute to campus programming and community-building in these topics.

The IDS 704: Data Science Ethics course is a core part of the MIDS curriculum, and a critical piece of a greater effort to inspire MIDS students to become value-based data science leaders.  As such, the main learning objectives for the course are for students to be able to articulate their own values, identify situations in contemporary data science where those values come to bear, and to feel confident that they know how to enact their own values in real data science situations they are likely to encounter in their work.  Our goal is for the course to make use of cutting-edge data science case studies, as well as training in critical thinking about ethical issues.  Ideally, the Fellow would also run workshops or panels throughout his/her tenure that would discuss ethical issues related to specific core courses in the MIDS curriculum, and address important ethical, political, or legal issues that arise in the greater data science community (such as the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scandal).  The candidate will also be given the opportunity to provide ethical consulting for Duke data science Capstone projects involving industry and government partners.

The ideal candidate would have proven experience teaching practical ethics or value-based policy to technical audiences, be up-to-date on the latest developments in data science specifically, and have a solid grounding in professional/organizational ethics and policy more generally.

The Fellowship will provide funding for a minimum of 9 months, and will have the opportunity for renewal or extension, depending on the applicant.  In addition, the Fellow will be offered opportunities to write grants, participate in existing grants, and teach additional courses to extend their work.  The Fellow will be provided with dedicated professional and pedagogical mentoring from experts in relevant fields throughout these activities.


  •          A terminal degree in a related field such as philosophy, policy, or law.
  •          Established work in a related area.

Application Materials:

Please submit the following items to begin your application:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching Statement
  •  A sample syllabus that is representative of the approach you would take to an applied Data Ethics course
  • (Optional) Article or writing sample representing an existing contribution to the field of Data Science Ethics or Policy

Duke is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

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Further Info:
Duke University
Durham, NC 27708

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