Job: Post Doctoral Research Fellow in Bioethics

This is a one-year renewable position funded by the CIHR grant, Let Conscience Be Their Guide? Conscientious Refusals in Reproductive Health Care.

This research examines whether conscientious refusals by health care professionals to provide services such as abortions are morally and legally permissible. The emphasis is on refusals in reproductive health care and on how feminists ought to respond to them. The practical aims are to develop model policies on and model curricula about conscientious refusals for different health care professions.

The grant has two research sites: The University of Western Ontario and Dalhousie University. The Post Doctoral Fellow (PDF) could work at either or both sites and should identify a preference in his/her application. A PDF at Western would report to the Principal Investigator, Professor Carolyn McLeod, whereas a PDF at Dalhousie would report to one or both of two co-investigators, Professor Françoise Baylis or Professor Jocelyn Downie.

The responsibilities of the PDF will include the review and critique of relevant philosophical, legal, or clinical literatures, and the development of new theories or approaches. The PDF will also be expected to present his/her research at conferences and in lecture series, and to publish in peer-reviewed journals. In addition, s/he may have the opportunity to co-author papers or policies with members of the research team.

The successful candidate will have a background in philosophy, bioethics, or law. S/he must have completed a PhD, LLM, or equivalent. Knowledge of feminist approaches to bioethics, interdisciplinary teamwork experience, and good communication and interpersonal skills are all assets.

Review of applications will begin March 1, 2011 and will continue until the position is filled. The start date is negotiable, but is expected to be either September 1, 2011 or January 1, 2012.

Please send a curriculum vitae, (scanned) official transcripts, a writing sample, a statement of research interests, and three letters of reference to Professor Carolyn McLeod, Department of Philosophy, Stevenson Hall, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5B8. E-Mail: cmcleod2@uwo.ca.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. The University of Western Ontario and Dalhousie University are both committed to employment equity and welcome applications from all qualified women and men, including visible minorities, Aboriginal people and persons with disabilities.

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