Job: Research Fellow in Bioethics at Oxford University

University of Oxford – Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities
Location: Oxford
Salary: £31,076 to £36,001 Grade 7 p.a.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Job Ref: 130449

Applications are invited for a full-time Research Fellow to conduct collaborative research in philosophy and applied ethics with a particular focus on bioethics in relation to genome sequencing and gene editing in the context of precision medicine, as part of the new interdisciplinary Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities.

This post is fixed term for two years from the date of appointment; ideally the post will begin in October 2017. The fellow will be located in the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities in the new Big Data Institute in Oxford’s Old Road campus as well as having office space in central Oxford at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, which is part of the Faculty of Philosophy. The post will be managed via two 50% contracts issued to the Research Fellow.

The fellow will conduct collaborative research under the supervision of Professor Julian Savulescu (Co-Director of the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities and Director of the Uehiro Centre). This post will focus particularly on the ethics of genome sequencing and gene editing in the context of precision medicine. In addition, the post will include research on at least some of the following areas: stem cells; gene editing in other areas; genetic selection; whole genome analysis; egg freezing; experimental treatments.

Collaborative research will include the provision of research assistance for Professor Savulescu, literature reviews and preparing drafts of publications. The fellow will also play an important role in establishing and developing collaborative relationships within the new and interdisciplinary Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities and between the two centres and will participate in related activities, including public engagement as well as grant applications, event planning, preparation of policy papers, supporting donor relations and the development of collaborations, as well as other occasional duties such as administration or teaching.

The post holder is required to have received the degree of PhD (or equivalent) in philosophy or other relevant discipline (such as law) with specialisation in practical ethics, bioethics, or other related discipline or at least have submitted and preferably had examined a completed doctoral dissertation by the required start date of the post. Also essential are excellent research skills, an outstanding research record and demonstrated track record of publishing in bioethics, applied ethics and preferably biomedical ethics, and a strong track record in public engagement.

Applications must be made online.

Applications are to be submitted no later than 12.00 midday (UK time) on Friday 8 September 2017.

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