Job: Medical Ethics Research Assistant, University of Leeds

Improving quality of care and outcome at very preterm birth: ethical issues in recruitment of pre-term or sick infants to perinatal trials

Part time 40% FTE, fixed term for 15 months

Closing Date: 20 July 2011

Preterm birth is the single most important determinant of adverse infant outcome in terms of: survival; quality of life; psychosocial and emotional impact on the family; and costs for health services. The research agenda has been determined primarily by researchers, and processes for priority setting in research often lack transparency.
Following a systematic search, we will produce a narrative review of the ethical issues, grounded in the varied recent literature. Review methods involve reading and re-reading papers, to become familiar with the literature, examining the different arguments put forward and conclusions drawn, and summarising key lines of thought and the basis of their conclusions, whether these be based on philosophical argument and reasoning or empirical methodology.

This exciting role provides an excellent opportunity for someone committed to ethical issues in healthcare with a sound grounding in inter-disciplinary medical ethics. You should have a solid medical background to enable you to grasp the medical issues at stake. You will also have at least a good intercalated degree in Biomedical ethics, or a Master’s degree level qualification incorporating medical ethics. You would be based in the Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), Leeds University.

More information on the IDEA CETL here.

University Grade 6 (£24370 – £29,099 pro rata) It is likely that an appointment will be made at or below £25,101 p.a. pro rata since there are limitations which dictate the level at which the appointment can start.

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Chris Megone, tel +44 (0)113 343 3278/7888 email

Further information and online application here.


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