Job: Senior Research Associate in Healthcare Ethics at Bristol

18 June 2018
Job number

Division/School

Bristol Medical School

Contract type

Open Ended

Working pattern

Full time

Salary

£36,613 per annum

Closing date for applications

12-Jul-2018

We are seeking a Senior Research Associate to work on an exciting five-year collaborative project, which explores “best interests” decisions in healthcare, ethics and law, based in the Centre for Ethics in Medicine, in the Medical School at the University of Bristol.

The Senior Research Associate will primarily carry out research on the “Balancing Best Interests in Healthcare, Ethics and Law” (BABEL) project, which is funded by the Wellcome Trust. This is an empirical bioethics project, comprising normative and empirical work, and their combination. The post holder will primarily focus on best interests and healthcare ethics and will proceed through three phases (mapping, framing and shaping). In the mapping phase, undertaking literature reviews and analysis, focusing on literature in healthcare and healthcare ethics. In the framing phase, you will undertake empirical (qualitative) research with a range of participants, including individuals with fluctuating or absent mental capacity, carers, patient advocates and healthcare professionals.

In the shaping phase, findings from the previous phases (and from research elsewhere in the project) will be brought together to form recommendations for future practice. The post holder will produce reports, publications and presentations and will contribute to applications for further funding. You will also be expected to make contributions to teaching and assessment in Bristol Medical School, and particularly the Centre for Ethics in Medicine.

The successful candidate will have experience in bioethics and in qualitative social science research methods. Working as part of a multidisciplinary team, which includes Professor Richard Huxtable, Dr Jonathan Ives and Dr Giles Birchley, all from the Centre for Ethics in Medicine, and Dr Judy Laing and Dr Sheelagh McGuinness, from the Centre for Health, Law and Society.

For informal enquiries, please get in touch with Jonathan Ives (j.ives [at] bristol.ac.uk) or Richard Huxtable (r.huxtable [at] bristol.ac.uk).

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Job: Research Fellowship (Socio-Legal) in the Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society, The University of Edinburgh

18 June 2018

The Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society is seeking an experienced researcher in the field of socio-legal studies to contribute to scholarly and engagement activities within this cross-College, cross-School initiative. The Centre, supported by the Wellcome Trust, seeks to effect lasting change in how we understand and influence the dynamic relationship between biomedicine, individuals and society.

Working closely with the Centre’s Executive Team, the successful candidate will develop and undertake an empirical socio-legal research project concerned with the legal consciousness of stakeholders in a health research context, such as in the realm of reproductive medicine, data sharing or clinical trials. You will also contribute to cross-cutting projects involving other members of the Centre.

The work demands close attention to detail, the ability to prioritise, identify and achieve deadlines and use good judgement and initiative. A positive collaborative attitude is also essential.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated success in research, supported by a track record of strong relevant publications. In addition, applicants are invited to explore how their research interests complement the existing strengths of the Executive Team and their respective Schools.

The post is available from 1st September 2018, full-time and fixed-term for 24 months.

Please include your CV and a supporting statement with details of how you meet the knowledge, skills and experience required for this post.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Professor Graeme Laurie (Graeme.Laurie [at] ed.ac.uk).


Job: Senior Research Associate in Healthcare Law, University of Bristol – School of Law

18 June 2018

Salary: £36,613 to £41,212 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed on: 11th June 2018
Closes: 12th July 2018
Job Ref: ACAD103364

The Senior Research Associate in Healthcare Law will be based in the Centre for Health, Law, and Society (within the University of Bristol Law School) and carry out research on the Wellcome Trust funded Balancing Best Interests in Healthcare, Ethics and Law (BABEL) project. This project is a collaboration between the Centre for Health, Law, and Society and the Centre for Ethics in Medicine (within Bristol Medical School).

The BABEL project asks: How should the ‘best interests’ of incapacitated/incompetent patients be interpreted and applied in medico-legal decision-making? ‘Medico-legal decision-making’ covers medical treatment decisions in the legal and healthcare settings, thus encompassing judges, lawyers, healthcare professionals, advocates, patients, families and carers. The best interests standard pervades medico-legal decision-making about the treatment of incapacitated patients, young and old, and BABEL will examine various legal and ethically-charged decisions to treat or not treat a range of incapacitated patients in their best interests (e.g. sterilisation, vaccination, dementia care, and the withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment).

You should have demonstrable ability to produce excellent research leading to publications of 3* or 4* quality by REF2014 standards; significant experience of undertaking legal research; significant experience of qualitative social science research methods, including conducting interviews and/or focus groups and analysis of qualitative data; good knowledge of healthcare law, in particular mental health and capacity law; and demonstrable exemplary organisation and time-management skills, including managing multiple tasks at the one time. A PhD or equivalent in Law/ Socio-Legal Studies (in the research area) is also essential.

This post is full time and open ended, with fixed term funding until 31 August 2023. Available from 1 September 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The closing date for applications is midnight on 12 July 2018. It is expected that the selection process will be held as soon as possible following the closing date.

For informal enquiries, please get in touch with Judy Laing (email: J.M.Laing [at] bristol.ac.uk or tel: +44 (0)117 39 40093) or Sheelagh McGuinness (email: sheelagh.mcguinness [at] bristol.ac.uk or tel: +44 (0)117 39 40094).


Post-doc and PhD positions: Philosophy of Biomedicine at University of Sydney

18 April 2018

A number of positions have recently been advertised at the University of Sydney. I only have the below links and information.

Postdoctoral Research Associate (Ref No. 651/0418F) details here.

Postdoctoral Research Associates (Two Positions)
Department of Philosophy, School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Reference No. 651/0418F

These positions are part of the ARC Laureate Project A Philosophy of Medicine for the 21st Century. The appointees will work with Chief Investigator Professor Paul E. Griffiths and collaborators to develop a new vision of health and disease which can accommodate developments in contemporary biology and to make the discipline of philosophy an active participant in identifying new directions for integrative biomedical research.

Specific research topics will include:

*   Exploring and developing accounts of biological function and biological normativity through their application to data and theory in current biology and medicine
*   Implications of life history theory and the developmental origins of health and disease paradigm for conceptions of health and disease
*   Implications of genetic conflict perspectives and recent work on biological individuality for health and disease

The research will be conducted in close collaboration with the biomedical research community at the University of Sydney.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit sydney.edu.au/recruitment and search by the reference number to apply.


Radio: An Instinct for Kindness

26 March 2018

BBC Radio 4, available via the iPlayer until 30 March 2018

The powerful and personal account of how Chris Larner was asked by his ex-wife if he would accompany her to Dignitas to die when her illness became too much for her to bear. Adapted from his one man stage show.


Job: Humanities and Social Science Portfolio Developer at Wellcome

2 January 2018

Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE, UK

Applications to be received by 11:59pm on 19 Jan 2018

Interview Timing: 5th and 6th February 2018

Education & Qualifications: You will hold a postgraduate degree in humanities, bioethics or social science

Appointment Type: Permanent, full-time

Division: Culture and Society

Sub Department: Humanities & Social Science

Salary Range: £38,000

About the job  

We are looking for a Humanities and Social Science Portfolio Developer to play a key role in developing and managing a portfolio of grants that ranges across fields such as history, bioethics, anthropology, and sociology.

The objective of Wellcome’s HSS team is to improve health through the best research in humanities and social science. We support the creation of knowledge and development strong research ecosystems while demonstrating the value of humanities and social science research.
Through multiple funding schemes, we support innovative research that changes our understanding of health and diseases.
In this role, you will contribute to the development and execution of strategic outreach and partnership initiatives; develop a high-quality grant portfolio; and manage internal and external stakeholder in academic and non-academic contexts.

You will

• cultivate relationships with research communities
• contribute to the exploration and assessment of the academic quality of knowledge produced through HSS grants
• work with colleagues to identify opportunities to fund HSS innovative research that can support Wellcome’s priorities
• convene meetings that will shape the development of diverse research fields
• contribute to grant-making activity
• develop a profound understanding of our portfolio

Further information here.


Job: Research Fellow in Health Law outside the EU at Birmingham

11 December 2017

Research Fellow: University of Birmingham – Birmingham Law School
Salary: £29,799 to £38,832 With potential progression once in post to £41,212 a year.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed on: 5th December 2017
Closes: 10th January 2018
Job Ref: 57033
Fixed term for 9 Months

 

A Research Fellow is sought for the ESRC Funded Project “Health Law outside the EU: Immediate, Intermediate and Long Term Impacts”. The project explores the impact of leaving the EU on health law on the UK and the devolved jurisdictions. The project is running for 18 months from May 2017- November 2018 and is part of the ESRC “UK in a Changing Europe” Initiative. The project is led by Professor Jean McHale, Centre for Health Law Science and Policy, Birmingham Law School (Principal Investigator) and Professor Tamara Hervey (Sheffield Law School) and Dr Mark Flear (QUB Law School) (Co-investigators).

The Research Fellow will be based at Birmingham Law School and will report to the Principal Investigator. The Research Fellow role will include undertaking literature reviews of primary and secondary sources, organisation a project workshop and the closing project dissemination event, and involvement in the organisation of interviews with stakeholders. The Research Fellow will also be involved in developing publications flowing from the project’s findings.

The Fellow will have an LLB degree or equivalent and normally a higher degree relevant to this area. The Fellow will have studied UK Health Law and EU Law at UG and/or PGT/PGR level. The Fellow will demonstrate high level analytical capability, ability to communicate complex information clearly and ability to use the internet for the communication of research. The Fellow will have understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor Jean McHale at j.v.mchale [at] bham.ac.uk