PhD Scholarship: ‘Breaking down the distinctions: robotics, disability, dual use’

A PhD Scholarship in applied ethics and novel medical technologies “Breaking down the distinctions: robotics, disability, dual use” has been advertised at the University of Tasmania.

Closing date for applications: 28 February 2015.

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.

This scholarship provides $25,849 pa (2015 rate) living allowance for 3 years, with a possible 6-month extension.  The scholarship also includes $2,000 pa operational and travel funds to support the PhD research project. It is available to Australian and international candidates.

Further details and application process here.

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