PhD studentship: Empirical Bioethics

24 January 2017

Funded Studentship (3.5 years), Ethics and Society unit, Division of Health Sciences, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick.

At short notice a funded PhD studentship has been made available at the University of Warwick, under the supervision of Professor Heather Draper.

The closing date for applications is 30th January 2017. Interviews will be held on 2nd February at the University of Warwick. The successful candidate will be expected to start 2nd October 2017 and will be located at Warwick Medical School. 

Project area – any topic that aligns with Professor Draper’s research interests, which include ethical issues arising from:

  • Assistive technology, social robotics, digital health
  • Organ/tissue transplantation
  • Military medicine
  • Parental responsibilities and health
  • Public health, infectious disease, pandemics, humanitarian responses
  • Research ethics

Candidate must be willing to work using an empirical bioethics approach. Training will be given if necessary. Candidate should also be willing to assist with teaching as appropriate and contribute to responsibilities and academic life of the Ethics and Society unit. The first academic supervisor will be Professor Heather Draper, Division of Health Sciences, Warwick Medical School.  

The applicant should have a degree directly related to bioethics e.g. philosophy, or medicine, social science or law with modules taken and passed in bioethics. A relevant masters degree would be a distinct advantage. 

This studentship is available to Home and EU students, according to fee status, that meet Research Council eligibility requirements based on residency.  The studentship includes full fees for the successful candidate along with a tax free maintenance allowance in line with Research Council UK standard stipend (£14,057 for the previous year 2015/16)

Please contact Professor Heather Draper for further information: h.draper[at] + 44 (0) 24761 50347

To formally apply, please send a copy of your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a one page personal statement to wms.rdcoord[at] clearly stating the studentship you are applying for.

The ad can be found here:

Job: Research Associate position in Bioethics, Sydney

19 October 2016

January – July 2017.

Applications close 7th November, 2016.

The Institute for Ethics & Society at The University of Notre Dame Australia (Broadway campus, Sydney) is advertising a 6-month fixed-term Research Associate position from Jan-July 2017.

We are looking for applicants specialising in Applied and Professional Ethics, Ethics Education and/or Bioethics.

The position is Level A (full-time) or Level B (0.8 FTE). The Director is also willing to consider dividing the position between two part-time applicants.

To apply, please find the full application pack available here:

Further enquiries, contact the Director of the IES,<>

Job: Assistant/Associate/Full Professor, Director of Bioethics at University of Nevada Las Vegas

6 October 2016

The UNLV School of Medicine invites applications from uniquely qualified individuals for a tenured or tenure-track Director of Bioethics with an appointment to begin on July 1, 2017. The Director of Bioethics, whose tenure home would be within the UNLV School of Medicine, would report to the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Education at the UNLV School of Medicine. This faculty member may also have a joint appointment at the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law and will have the opportunity to teach in the law school and to develop online bioethics programming for graduate degrees and concentrations in health law.

Within the UNLV School of Medicine, the Director of Bioethics would be responsible for:

· Overseeing the selection, distribution, and allocation of bioethics content within the UNLV School of Medicine curriculum.
· Assuring that bioethics is integrated in the blocks of the Foundations phase and in the didactic program of the Clerkships phase of the UNLV School of Medicine curriculum.
· Collaborating with the Director of Case-based Learning and the Foundations course directors to ensure appropriate selection and delivery of bioethics content within those courses.
· Playing an active role in selecting appropriate teaching strategies and pedagogic approaches for individual events that involve the delivery of bioethical content.
· Collaborating with clinical faculty and clerkship directors to ensure appropriate selection and delivery of bioethics content within all required clerkships.
· Reviewing data from student assessment, student feedback, and faculty feedback to refine, modify, or replace suboptimal events with more effective ones.
· Developing an online Bioethics certificate program.

Within the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law, the incumbent would be responsible for:

· Teaching one three-credit health-related class during the regular fall or spring semester per academic year as part of the School of Law’s new Health Law Concentration program;
· Teaching one one-credit health-related class during a winter or summer intersession per academic year as part of the School of Law’s new Health Law Concentration;
· Collaborating with the UNLV Health Law Program on health-related teaching, research, service, and programming. These collaborations may include developing online bioethics courses for concentration and graduate programs in law, assisting Health Law Program faculty in the selection of speakers for the Program’s Health Law Speaker Series; supervising and/or reading health-related Capstone papers authored by law students; advising law students on health law and bioethics courses and career opportunities, developing new health-related internships and externships with local health care institutions; planning and participating in continuing legal and medical education (CLE and CME) programs; and participating in community service-oriented lectures for the local health care community.

This position requires MD, DO, JD, or equivalent doctoral degree; or a Master’s degree in bioethics or equivalent field; and experience in clinical bioethics in an academic medical center. Previous experience with problem-based learning is highly desirable.

Review of applications will begin on 24 October 2016. Further details available from HigherEdJobs.


18 September 2013

KCL and UCL now have a substantial number of faculty and PhD students working in bioethics, broadly construed. This colloquium aims to facilitate high-level discussion among these scholars and link individuals and groups across KCL, UCL, and beyond.

Topics range from traditional questions in medical ethics and law to ethical issues in the design of health systems at the national and global level (public health ethics / global health ethics).

When? First Thursday of the month, 4:00 – 5:30 pm, with the possibility to go for drinks afterwards. Two sessions per term, starting in the fall of 2013.

Where? Alternating between KCL and UCL.

Contact: Annette Rid, James Wilson

FALL 2013

3 October 2013, 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Moot Court, UCL Laws, Bentham House – Endsleigh Gardens – London WC1H 0EG

Jonathan Wolff: Paying people to act in their own interests: incentives versus rationalisation

Continuing session in the Lord John Russell

7 November 2013, 4:00 – 5:30 pm


Genevra Richardson: Mental disability and human rights: can principle ever serve global reality?

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Petrie-Flom Academic Fellowships, 2014-2016

18 September 2013

PURPOSE: The Academic Fellowship is a postdoctoral program specifically designed to identify, cultivate, and promote promising scholars early in their careers. Fellows are selected from among recent graduates, young academics, and mid-career practitioners who are committed to spending two years at the Center pursuing publishable research that is likely to make a significant contribution to the field of health law policy, medical innovation policy, or bioethics. For more information about current and past fellows, please visit the Fellowship Programs section of our website.

ELIGIBILITY: By the start of the fellowship term, applicants must hold an advanced degree in a discipline that they intend to apply to issues falling under the Center’s umbrella. The Center particularly encourages applications from those who intend to pursue careers as tenure-track law professors, but will consider any applicant who demonstrates an interest and ability to produce outstanding scholarship at the intersection of law and health policy, bioethics, or biotechnology during the term of the fellowship. Applicants will be evaluated by the quality and probable significance of their research proposals, and by their record of academic and professional achievement.

APPLICATION: Applications will be accepted from September 16, 2013 through November 18, 2013.

Calls for application to the Fellowship Program are released in late summer in the year preceding the appointment start date. The Call for Applications for 2014-2016 is now available. Review of applications will begin on November 18, 2013. Applications submitted before the final deadline will not be reviewed early. For further information, contact us by email.

For more information, see the full call for applications here.

Job: Lecturer in Bioethics and Society at King’s College London

8 July 2013

Lecturer in Bioethics & Society

Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine, King’s College London

Job ref  A6-7/DAF/617/13-JT

Closing date 28-Jul-2013


We seek to appoint to a lectureship in Social Science, Health & Medicine (Bioethics & Society), to act as Assistant Director in our new MA in Bioethics & Society and to contribute to our undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.

Applicants should have a strong background in sociology, anthropology, philosophy or a cognate discipline; and a specialism relevant to bioethics. Applicants must have a completed doctorate, a developing research strategy, evidence of a developing record of high quality publications, and relevant teaching experience.


The person appointed will be expected to play a key role in the management of the MA in Bioethics & Society and lead or contribute to taught modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. As Assistant Director of the MA programme, the person appointed will be expected to engage in active marketing and recruitment activities, both nationally and internationally; management of admissions, communication with students; and planning, organization and delivery of the taught programme.

Experience or familiarity with the academic environment in the UK is an advantage. A commitment to collegiality is essential, as is the ability and willingness to engage in constructive dialogue with medical and biomedical researchers and practitioners, and with policy makers.

For an informal discussion of the post please contact Professor Ilina Singh via email at ilina.singh [at]


The appointment will be made, dependent on relevant qualifications and experience, within the Grade 6/7 scale, currently £33,654 to £48,264, per annum, inclusive of £2,323 London Allowance, per annum.

Post duration

Fixed-term contract for 3 years.

Registration – PGBC 2013: Bioethics in Law and Public Policy

17 May 2013

PGBC27th Annual Postgraduate Bioethics Conference

22-24 May 2013, King’s College London

The convenors of the 7th annual Postgraduate Bioethics Conference invite postgraduate students working in any area of bioethics to register for this year’s conference, which will take place on 22-24 May 2013 at King’s College London.

As well as eight sessions of papers exploring the law and/or policy dimensions of bioethics scholarship, the conference will feature keynote addresses from Allen Buchanan (Duke), Jonathan Glover (KCL), Emily Jackson (LSE), John Coggon (Southampton) and James Wilson (UCL). In addition, workshops on interdisciplinary bioethics scholarship will be taken by Rosamund Scott (KCL), Stephen Wilkinson (Lancaster), John Coggon and James Wilson. A session on applying for research funding will feature Tom Douglas (Oxford) and representatives from a funding body (tbc). Finally, Mark Sheehan (Oxford) and Tom Douglas will be giving a session on publishing in journals in their capacity as Assistant Editors of the Journal of Medical Ethics.

Registration is free and on a first-come, first-served basis via or Please note that you must be a registered MPhil/PhD student in a relevant discipline; please use your institutional email address. Limited places remain!

More information on PGBC 2013 is available at, including the conference programme and abstract book. We are also on twitter (@pgbc2013) and facebook ( Please contact us via social media or email ( with any questions.

PGBC 2013 gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Society for Applied Philosophy, the Wellcome Trust and the Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London.