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.

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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: Teaching Fellow in Medical Ethics

7 August 2017
The main purpose of the Teaching Fellow position is to contribute to the delivery of modules on the MA in Medical Ethics and Law and MSc in Mental Health, Ethics and Law at King’s College London. This role particularly involves expertise in mental health ethics. 

The position is within the Centre of Medical Law and Ethics, Dickson Poon School of Law.  The Centre was the first of its kind in the United Kingdom and is an international leader in research and teaching within the field. 

The salary will be paid at Grade 6, £32,958- £39,324 per annum, plus £2,623 per annum London Allowance. 

This post is a full-time, fixed term contract for 6 months, to start at the beginning of January 2018.

Interviews will be in the week commencing: 4/09/2017.

Closing date for applications: 27th August 2017 
 
Job pack including person specification and application process: 

https://www.hirewire.co.uk/HE/1061247/MS_JobDetails.aspx?JobID=77664

Inquires to: jillian.craigie@kcl.ac.uk


The Centre

The Centre of Medical Law and Ethics in the Dickson Poon School of Law was the first centre of its kind in the United Kingdom and is an international leader in research and teaching within the field. It runs a long-standing and highly acclaimed MA in Medical Ethics and Law, and jointly with the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience the centre also now offers an MSc in Mental Health, Ethics and Law.

Members of the centre have a record of attracting competitive research grants and making an impact on policy debate and development, regulation and clinical practice through their research. With colleagues in the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, centre members have recently secured a Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award on Mental Health and Justice. This collaboration across a number institutions is generating a vibrant research community, and the Teaching Fellow will have the opportunity engage with its activities.

The Programmes

The Medical Ethics and Law MA is designed for medical and legal professionals as well as graduates from any relevant discipline, and involves the study of ethical and legal questions raised by medical practice and science.

Further information is available here:
https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/medical-ethics-and-law-ma.aspx

The Mental Health, Ethics and Law MSc is a strongly interdisciplinary programme designed to investigate the interface between mental health, ethics and law at a theoretical level, and to engage directly with the dilemmas and experience of illness encountered in practice. The programme aims to develop the skills necessary to analyse and critique law, practice and policy in relation to mental health, equipping graduates to become leaders in healthcare, mental health law or policy.

Further information is available here: 
https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/mental-health-ethics-and-law-msc.aspx

Please see the links below for supporting information about the School and Centre:
http://www.kcl.ac.uk/law/index.aspx
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tinhErtIj_0
https://www.kcl.ac.uk/law/research/centres/medlawethics/index.aspx

Job: Post-doc in Mental Health & Justice

27 July 2017

York Law School, in collaboration with King’s College London. 

Full-time position, 2.2 years.

Closing date for applications: 25th August 2017.

We wish to appoint a fixed-term full-time Post-Doctoral Research Associate to work on the ‘Enabling legal capacity through decision making support’ work stream within the ‘Mental Health and Justice’ Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award project.  Based in York Law School, you will work with Matt Matravers and Jillian Craigie (King’s College, London) on moral and legal questions that surround the idea that respecting persons means respecting their (expressed) preferences in light of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability.

Further details and candidate brief here.


Conference: European Understandings of Advance Decision-Making

14 July 2017

12th September, 2017, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

This interdisciplinary conference marks the culmination of the ESRC research seminar series ‘Towards a European understanding of advance decision-making: a comparative, interdisciplinary approach’.

Registration

Registration for the conference is free, but compulsory. Numbers are limited and early registration is highly recommended. Please register via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/understandings-of-advance-decision-making-an-interdisciplinary-conference-tickets-33922111950. Bursaries will be available to fund travel and accommodation costs for PhD students – please email S.Halliday[at]leeds.ac.uk if you wish to apply for financial support. The conference is aimed at both academic and professional attendees.

Keynote speakers

Professor John Ellershaw (Professor of Palliative Medicine, University of Liverpool)
Professor Rob Heywood (Professor of Medical Law, University of East Anglia).

Speakers

Dr Louise Bramley, University of Nottingham: Negotiating care services with frailty: Implications for decision making and advance care panning.  Abstract

Astrid Gieselmann & Professor Jochen Vollmann, Ruhr Universität Bochum: How should advance directives be implemented in psychiatry? Clinicians’ attitudes toward different types of advance directives in psychiatric treatment in Germany.  Abstract

Dr Samantha Halliday, University of Leeds, & Professor Jean McHale, University of Birmingham: Basic care, advance decisions and the Burke effect. Abstract

Dr Ruth Horn: “Why should I question a patient’s wish?” A comparative study on physicians’ perspectives on their duties to respect advance directives.  Abstract

Gillian Loomes, University of York: Cripping the Crystal Ball: Exploring the Synergies and Tensions when Advance Care Planning and Disability Politics Meet.  Abstract

Dr Alicia Perez Blanco, Hospital Universitario de La Princesa, Madrid: Can advance care planning enhance decision-making at end-of-life in the Intensive Care Unit?  Abstract

Kevin De Sabbata, University of Leeds, Advance Directives, Dementia and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: A new role for anticipated will.  Abstract

Professor Jo Samanta, De Montfort University: Advance decisions and Welfare LPAs: belt and braces for advance care planning?  Abstract

Dr Lucy Stephenson, Kings’ College London: Provision for Self-Binding Advance Directives Should be Included in Mental Health Act Reform.  Abstract

The conference is generously funded by the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC).

Organisation

This conference is part of the research seminar series ‘Towards a European understanding of advance decision-making: a comparative, interdisciplinary approach’ funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. It is being organised by the grant holders, Dr Samantha Halliday, Prof. Jörg Richter and Prof Gillian Hundt.

Further information here.

 


Call for abstracts: European Understandings of Advance Decision-making

26 May 2017

12th September 2017 University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

www.eadm.leeds.ac.uk

Keynote speakers

Professor John Ellershaw (Professor of Palliative Medicine, University of Liverpool)

Professor Rob Heywood (Professor of Medical Law, University of East Anglia).

Background

This interdisciplinary conference marks the culmination of the ESRC research seminar series ‘Towards a European understanding of advance decision-making: a comparative, interdisciplinary approach’.

Advance medical decision-making occurs in a range of situations, encompassing decisions relating to end-of-life treatment, typically focussed upon refusals of life-sustaining treatment; advance decisions concerning physical health care unrelated to end of life care, including for example birth plans which typically include positive requests for treatments (e.g. an epidural) as well as refusals of treatment; and ADs relating to psychiatric treatment, where individuals with severe mental illness set out their treatment preferences. In each of these situations an advance decision can act as an important mechanism for conveying precedent autonomy, bridging the occurrence of incapacity and providing a clear statement of how the patient wants to be treated, or more usually what treatment the patient does not wish to be given.  Anticipatory decision-making offers great promise and could make a substantial contribution to the empowerment of those lacking capacity, but there are important asymmetries between anticipatory and contemporaneous decision-making that could potentially undermine both the legal and moral authority of an advance decision. The Council of Europe’s Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine (1997) requires that account is taken of a patient’s previously expressed wishes (Article 9), demanding at least a minimal consideration of precedent autonomy. A number of European jurisdictions have gone further, seeking to clarify the standing of advance decisions and to promote legal certainty by providing statutory recognition of the importance and binding nature of at least some advance decisions.

The conference will consider European legislative responses to anticipatory decision-making, seeking to explore those responses within the practical contexts within which advance decision-making occurs.  We are particularly interested in linking legal discourse with policy and practice discourses and the (dis)connect between law, practice and professional guidance.

The conference is generously funded by the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC).

 

Organisation 

This conference is part of the research seminar series’ Towards a European understanding of advance decision-making: a comparative, interdisciplinary approach’ funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.  It is being organised by the grant holders, Dr Samantha Halliday, Prof. Jörg Richter and Prof Gillian Hundt.

 

Submissions

Please send abstracts of no more than 500 words to S.Halliday[at]leeds.ac.uk by 15th June 2017.  Applicants should expect to hear from the convenors by 20th June 2017.

 

Registration

Registration for the conference is free, but compulsory. Numbers are limited and early registration is highly recommended. Please register via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/understandings-of-advance-decision-making-an-interdisciplinary-conference-tickets-33922111950. Bursaries will be available to fund travel and accommodation costs for PhD students – please email S.Halliday[at]leeds.ac.uk if you wish to apply for financial support.  The conference is aimed at both academic and professional attendees and will be CPD accredited.