Internship: emerging technologies in biology and medicine

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics is seeking a graduate for a short term intern position to help with the preparation of background material on ethical issues raised by emerging technologies in biology and medicine. The intern will carry out research, review the literature and then draft a paper. There will be a particular focus on nanotechnology and synthetic biology.

The position would suit an individual with an interest in ethical, legal and social issues raised by developments in biological sciences and medicine. The intern would gain experience from working in an organisation that seeks to play a role in contributing to policy-making and stimulating debate in bioethics.

Tasks include
·  Desk-based research on recent scientific developments in the relevant areas and their ethical implications.
·  Drafting background material.
·  Liaising with staff in the Secretariat working on the project.

Skills and qualifications required
·  Graduate degree covering philosophy and ethics in science, biotechnology or similar. Postgraduate degree or experience in a relevant subject would be an advantage.
·  Basic to advanced understanding of issues in bioethics.
·  Experience of collating and summarising information and drafting documents.
·  IT literacy.

Date/Duration
·  To take place in September/October 2009 for four weeks.

Permit to work
·  Applications will only be considered from those who already have a legal right to work in the UK.

Conditions
·  Place of work: Secretariat of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, 28 Bedford Square, London WC1 3JS
·  Working hours: 35 hrs/week
·  £225 per week

Please apply in writing including:
·  CV
·  Paragraph explaining your interest in this position
·  A short sample of written work
·  Names of 2 referees

The deadline for applications is 18th August.
Interviews will take place on 1st September.

Please send your application to:
Caroline Rogers, Programme Manager, Nuffield Council on Bioethics, 28 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3JS

e-mail: bioethics@nuffieldbioethics.org

Information about the Council here.

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