Job: Clinical researcher in Bipolar Affective Disorder and advance directives

19 October 2016

Four-year position starting in January 2017, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London.

As part of a team (Dr Gareth Owen (psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience), Dr Tania Gergel (mental health ethics), Dr Larry Rifkin (psychiatry, South London & Maudsley), and Alex Ruck Keene (law) aiming to develop a tailored model of self-binding advance directives in Bipolar Affective Disorder within a real-life clinical service and to develop guidance for professional organisations, service-users and carers on advance directives, as well as recommendations for law reform, we are looking to recruit a Clinical Researcher.

This would be a four-year position starting in January 2017 (although there could be some degree of flexibility on timing). We are looking for someone who has completed (or is shortly due to complete) membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and is interested in combining academic research with clinical training.

Service user involvement will be integral to the project throughout and there will also be an important Medical Humanities element, focusing on personhood and decision-making in Bipolar.   There will be the opportunity to complete a PhD as part of their work on this project and to develop specialist expertise on Bipolar.

This team is one work stream within Mental Health and Justice, a major collaborative and interdisciplinary five-year research project, funded by the Wellcome Trust.  Informed by the debate surrounding the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability (UNCRPD), the project will explore multiple aspects of the questions surrounding the nature of decision-making ability within mental disorder and how decision-making can be supported when compromised by illness.

Alongside the academic research, one day each week will be spent working in clinical practice to maintain a clinical training pathway. The candidate will be supported with a Health Education England OOPR application to count toward CCT.

If you think that you might be interested and would like to know more about the position, please contact Dr Gareth Owen (; tel 0207 8485479) for further information.  Please look out for the forthcoming advertisement on the King’s College London vacancy page.

Job: Research Associate position in Bioethics, Sydney

19 October 2016

January – July 2017.

Applications close 7th November, 2016.

The Institute for Ethics & Society at The University of Notre Dame Australia (Broadway campus, Sydney) is advertising a 6-month fixed-term Research Associate position from Jan-July 2017.

We are looking for applicants specialising in Applied and Professional Ethics, Ethics Education and/or Bioethics.

The position is Level A (full-time) or Level B (0.8 FTE). The Director is also willing to consider dividing the position between two part-time applicants.

To apply, please find the full application pack available here:

Further enquiries, contact the Director of the IES,<>

Bedlam: the asylum and beyond

18 October 2016

15 September 2016 – 15 January 2017

Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Rd, London NW1 2BE

Follow the rise and fall of the mental asylum and explore how it has shaped the complex landscape of mental health today. Reimagine the institution, informed by the experiences of the patients, doctors, artists and reformers who inhabited the asylum or created alternatives to it.

Today asylums have largely been consigned to history but mental illness is more prevalent than ever, as our culture teems with therapeutic possibilities: from prescription medications and clinical treatment to complementary medicines, online support, and spiritual and creative practices. Against this background, the exhibition interrogates the original ideal that the asylum represented – a place of refuge, sanctuary and care – and asks whether and how it could be reclaimed.

Taking Bethlem Royal Hospital as a starting point, ‘Bedlam: the asylum and beyond’ juxtaposes historical material and medical records with individual testimonies and works by artists such as David Beales, Richard Dadd, Dora García, Eva Kotátková, Madlove: A Designer Asylum, Shana Moulton, Erica Scourti, Javier Téllez and Adolf Wölfli, whose works reflect or reimagine the institution, as both a physical and a virtual space.

Visit the Wellcome Collection website for further information about the exhibition or to view the range of events associated with this exhibition including performance art, tours and discussions.

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Seminar: Law (and the place of law) at the end of life

10 October 2016

Tuesday 1 November 2016 16.00-18.00

Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0RN

Sir Mark Hedley, former judge of the High Court of England and Wales, joins leading barristers Alex Ruck Keene (Visiting Research Fellow at KCL) and Eloise Power in a discussion about this complex and interesting topic.

To reserve a free place please contact [at] before Wednesday 26 October 2016.

Job: Assistant/Associate/Full Professor, Director of Bioethics at University of Nevada Las Vegas

6 October 2016

The UNLV School of Medicine invites applications from uniquely qualified individuals for a tenured or tenure-track Director of Bioethics with an appointment to begin on July 1, 2017. The Director of Bioethics, whose tenure home would be within the UNLV School of Medicine, would report to the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Education at the UNLV School of Medicine. This faculty member may also have a joint appointment at the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law and will have the opportunity to teach in the law school and to develop online bioethics programming for graduate degrees and concentrations in health law.

Within the UNLV School of Medicine, the Director of Bioethics would be responsible for:

· Overseeing the selection, distribution, and allocation of bioethics content within the UNLV School of Medicine curriculum.
· Assuring that bioethics is integrated in the blocks of the Foundations phase and in the didactic program of the Clerkships phase of the UNLV School of Medicine curriculum.
· Collaborating with the Director of Case-based Learning and the Foundations course directors to ensure appropriate selection and delivery of bioethics content within those courses.
· Playing an active role in selecting appropriate teaching strategies and pedagogic approaches for individual events that involve the delivery of bioethical content.
· Collaborating with clinical faculty and clerkship directors to ensure appropriate selection and delivery of bioethics content within all required clerkships.
· Reviewing data from student assessment, student feedback, and faculty feedback to refine, modify, or replace suboptimal events with more effective ones.
· Developing an online Bioethics certificate program.

Within the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law, the incumbent would be responsible for:

· Teaching one three-credit health-related class during the regular fall or spring semester per academic year as part of the School of Law’s new Health Law Concentration program;
· Teaching one one-credit health-related class during a winter or summer intersession per academic year as part of the School of Law’s new Health Law Concentration;
· Collaborating with the UNLV Health Law Program on health-related teaching, research, service, and programming. These collaborations may include developing online bioethics courses for concentration and graduate programs in law, assisting Health Law Program faculty in the selection of speakers for the Program’s Health Law Speaker Series; supervising and/or reading health-related Capstone papers authored by law students; advising law students on health law and bioethics courses and career opportunities, developing new health-related internships and externships with local health care institutions; planning and participating in continuing legal and medical education (CLE and CME) programs; and participating in community service-oriented lectures for the local health care community.

This position requires MD, DO, JD, or equivalent doctoral degree; or a Master’s degree in bioethics or equivalent field; and experience in clinical bioethics in an academic medical center. Previous experience with problem-based learning is highly desirable.

Review of applications will begin on 24 October 2016. Further details available from HigherEdJobs.

TV: A world without Down’s Syndrome

3 October 2016

BBC2, Wednesday 5 October 2016, 21.00

Documentary about Down’s syndrome and the ethics of pregnancy screening, fronted by Sally Phillips. This film explores the science and thinking around the proposed new screening test for Down’s syndrome and its possible availability on the NHS.

Driven by the experience of raising her son Olly, who has Down’s syndrome, Sally explores some of the ethical implications of our national screening policy.

By talking to experts in the Down’s syndrome community, the world’s top scientists and including people with Down’s syndrome in the debate, Sally investigates a thorny subject that begs questions relevant to us all: what sort of world do we want to live in and who do we want in it?

The programme has created some controversy in advance of its broadcast. The BBC online magazine contains an interview with the presenter, Sally Phillips. For an opposing view, see yesterday’s Observer.

Job: Faculty position at the Center for Health Law, Ethics and Human Rights and the Department of Health Law, Policy and Management, Boston University

3 October 2016

Boston University School of Public Health invites applications for a full-time faculty position in health law in the Center for Health Law, Ethics & Human Rights and the Department of Health Law, Policy and Management. We seek a faculty member to join us in educating innovators in health law and policy and advancing the Center’s research agenda. The Center has 40 years of experience in real-world scholarship and advocacy in health law, ethics and human rights, both globally and domestically.

Responsibilities include:

  • teaching 2 to 4 health law courses per year, including a required course (Health Systems, Policy and Law)
  • advising students in the Master of Public Health degree program
  • participating in multidisciplinary research as a member of the Center for Health Law, Ethics & Human Rights
  • developing and pursuing a portfolio of scholarly research

Appointment rank and length depend on qualifications.

Qualifications: Applicants must have a J.D. from a United States law school and a record of either demonstrated excellence or potential for excellence in teaching and scholarship in one or more of the following areas: health care organization and financing law, health insurance law, public health law, privacy law, mental health law, drug (prescription and illicit) regulation, research with human subjects, biomedical ethics, public health ethics, human rights and health. Areas outside the scope of this position include environmental, occupational, and professional liability law.

For more details including how to apply, visit the University’s Human Resources site.