PhD student for the project "Principles of Ethical Decision-Making in Environmental Practice”

The University of Fribourg Environmental Sciences and Humanities Institute (UniFR_ESH Institute) coordinates and promotes research and teaching in the context of the environment and sustainability at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. In research and teaching, we place special emphasis on the ethical questions of environmental practice and the challenges of the fair distribution of environmental burdens. In our project, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, to develop an ethical decision matrix for environmental practice, we are seeking

1 PhD student (75% SNSF)

In the development of this decision matrix, we follow the approach of principlism. We identify the central principles and their best formulation based on case analyses. Currently, we seek a PhD student working on the ethical aspects of one of the following case studies: 1) climate adaptation and climate loss and damage, 2) biodiversity and the management of alien species. Further information about the project can be found here: 

You have a Master's degree, ideally in philosophy or a related subject and would like to engage in interdisciplinary research and teaching. Your research interests lie in the area of the ethical challenges of one of the two case studies as well as in the investigation of the ethical implications in the implementation of environmental or climate measures. Please indicate in your letter of motivation which case study is in your research interest and why you think you would be particularly suited to work on it.

The position is limited to a maximum of three years. Ideally, you can start in January or February 2023. Please send your application by e-mail in a single PDF file to by October 30, 2022 (letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, abstract on the ethical aspects of the case study you suggest to investigate). Mail subject: "Application Principles for Ethical Decision-Making in Environmental Practice". Interviews will take place in November 2022.

For further information please contact Ivo Wallimann-Helmer (

Further information

PhD program in Environmental Humanities

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