PhD Scholarship in applied ethics and novel medical technologies

  • 22 Dec 2014
  • 28 Feb 2015
  • University of Tasmania
PhD Scholarship in applied ethics and novel medical technologies “Breaking down the distinctions: robotics, disability, dual use”
University of Tasmania

The Faculty of Arts is offering one PhD scholarship to work in the area of applied ethics/ technology ethics, within the Ethics, Policy and Public Engagement theme of the Australian Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES).  

This PhD project will work with ACES Chief Investigators Susan Dodds (UTAS) and Rob Sparrow (Monash) to critically explore some key distinctions made in the bioethics literature, and whether they can be sustained in the face of developments in bionics and biotechnology. The specific focus for the PhD topic will be refined in light of the successful applicant’s experience and interest and the fit of these with the overall ACES program.

The focus for the PhD project could include: 
  • Conceptual work on ethical distinctions made between implants, prosthetics or robotic devices and their ethical significance
  • New work on the relationships among concepts of disability, therapy and human enhancement 
  • Ethical evaluation of the assumptions relating to therapeutic versus potential for military “dual use” of biotechnologies.
The PhD scholarship will be based at the University of Tasmania. The candidate will have the opportunity to travel to other nodes of ACES for further supervision, research, seminars and conferences.

Eliza Goddard
Executive Officer, Australasian Association of Philosophy

ACN 152 892 272
ABN 29 152 892 272

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