PhD studentship: The ethical aspects of organoids at Leuven

14 February 2019

The application deadline is the 15th of March, 2019.

Host institution: Centre for biomedical ethics and law, Faculty of Medicine, University of Leuven (Belgium)

In 2016 and 2017 the University of Leuven (KUL) was listed by Thomson Reuters in the annual list of Europe’s most innovative universities. The Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Law (KUL-CBMER) is part of the University of Leuven and is a renowned research centre in Europe with expertise in ethics, law, philosophy and close links with various medical and care disciplines. You will be part of the broader research consortium Organovir.  Organovir is an Innovative Training Network (ITN) that focuses on the use of organoid technology and will provide 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs). 

Project description

This project focuses on the ethical and social challenges of organoids (mini organs), with due attention to implications for policy. During this project, you will be focussing 1) on the ethical status of organoids and 2) on the implications of the use of organoids regarding the replacement and reduction of animals in experimental medical research.  This will be done by investigating the existing literature and setting up empirical tools to explore the attitudes and opinions of different stakeholders on the development of adaptive structures.  A cooperative analysis on ethical policies will be conducted in different European countries. This project also includes two secondments: one with the National (Dutch) Institute for Public Health and the Environment, and one with the Dutch Society for the Replacement of Animal Testing .

You will be guided during your research project by Kris Dierickx, professor of biomedical ethics at KU Leuven.

Requirements

Organovir is looking for research candidates who are highly motivated and enthusiastic with a flexible, pro-active team spirit and a recent Master degree in the field of (bio)ethics, philosophy, life/health sciences, biology, social or political sciences with interest in the ethics and governance of new biomedical technology. Experience with qualitative research methods is an advantage. The candidate is required to be proficient in the English language and should be in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of his/her research career.

In addition, the applicant should not, at the time that he/she is selected by the host institution, have resided or carried out their work and/or studies in the country of the host institution for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment.   

What we offer 

The selected candidates will be enrolled in a KU Leuven PhD program on a full-time basis for 36 months, and will receive a competitive salary in accordance with the EC MSCA regulations for early stage researchers.  Efforts will be made to acquire additional funding for the 4th PhD year.

The starting date of the research project is the 1st of September 2019.

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Job: Post-doctoral research fellow in the Laws of Social Reproduction at KCL

18 December 2018

Research Associate, Laws of Social Reproduction

King’s College London – The Dickson Poon School of Law

Location: London
Salary: £37,412
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 11th December 2018
Closes: 13th January 2019
Job Ref: R6/FFL/2517/18-RN
 The salary will be paid at Grade 6, £37,412 per annum, inclusive of £3,223 per annum London Allowance.

This is an exciting opportunity to work on a large-scale European Research Council funded project titled ‘Laws of Social Reproduction’. The project undertakes a comparison of the law’s regulation of five sectors of women’s labour including sex work, erotic dancing, commercial surrogacy, paid domestic work and unpaid domestic work.

The post-doctoral research associate (PDRA)’s main responsibilities are to conduct literature review across relevant disciplines, conduct qualitative research in India, analyse the field work data using suitable software, organise a major national level workshop involving numerous stakeholders including academics, activists and policy-makers, publish academic outputs and disseminate the research findings of the project.

Prior field work experience in India essential; field work experience in at least one of the five sectors of reproductive labour listed above is highly desirable. Proven research skills essential. Applications from doctoral and post-doctoral candidates in law, anthropology, sociology, geography, political science, medical ethics and feminist economics are welcome.

The selection process will include a panel interview and a presentation.

For an informal discussion to find out more about the role please contact: Professor Prabha Kotiswaran, Prabha.kotiswaran [AT] kcl.ac.uk

To apply, please register with the King’s College London application portal and complete your application online. When applying, in the ‘Upload supporting documents’ section, please attach a personal statement to tell us why you are suitable for the role.

Please enclose writing sample relevant to the themes of the research project.


Job: Teaching Associate in Healthcare Ethics and Law, Bristol Medical School

2 July 2018

Location:

Bristol

Salary:

£32,548 pro rata, per annum

Hours:

Part Time

Contract Type:

Fixed-Term/Contract

Placed on:

27th June 2018

Closes:

25th July 2018

Job Ref:

ACAD103381

We are seeking a Teaching Associate to work within the thriving interdisciplinary Centre for Ethics in Medicine (CEM), in the Department of Population of Health Sciences, in Bristol Medical School.

The successful candidate will provide teaching and assessment related to healthcare ethics and law, primarily to students on the intercalated BSc (Hons) in Bioethics and to students on the MBChB Medicine. In view of these tasks, the post-holder will need a good knowledge of healthcare ethics and of healthcare law, and the ability to teach, assess and provide some assistance in the administration and development of the teaching of these disciplines, particularly at undergraduate level.

The post-holder will work as part of a multidisciplinary team under the supervision of Dr Zuzana Deans. They will also have regular contact with Professor Richard Huxtable (director of CEM), Dr Jonathan Ives (deputy director of CEM) and other colleagues in CEM and the Medical School.


Job: Senior Research Associate in Healthcare Ethics at Bristol

18 June 2018
Job number

Division/School

Bristol Medical School

Contract type

Open Ended

Working pattern

Full time

Salary

£36,613 per annum

Closing date for applications

12-Jul-2018

We are seeking a Senior Research Associate to work on an exciting five-year collaborative project, which explores “best interests” decisions in healthcare, ethics and law, based in the Centre for Ethics in Medicine, in the Medical School at the University of Bristol.

The Senior Research Associate will primarily carry out research on the “Balancing Best Interests in Healthcare, Ethics and Law” (BABEL) project, which is funded by the Wellcome Trust. This is an empirical bioethics project, comprising normative and empirical work, and their combination. The post holder will primarily focus on best interests and healthcare ethics and will proceed through three phases (mapping, framing and shaping). In the mapping phase, undertaking literature reviews and analysis, focusing on literature in healthcare and healthcare ethics. In the framing phase, you will undertake empirical (qualitative) research with a range of participants, including individuals with fluctuating or absent mental capacity, carers, patient advocates and healthcare professionals.

In the shaping phase, findings from the previous phases (and from research elsewhere in the project) will be brought together to form recommendations for future practice. The post holder will produce reports, publications and presentations and will contribute to applications for further funding. You will also be expected to make contributions to teaching and assessment in Bristol Medical School, and particularly the Centre for Ethics in Medicine.

The successful candidate will have experience in bioethics and in qualitative social science research methods. Working as part of a multidisciplinary team, which includes Professor Richard Huxtable, Dr Jonathan Ives and Dr Giles Birchley, all from the Centre for Ethics in Medicine, and Dr Judy Laing and Dr Sheelagh McGuinness, from the Centre for Health, Law and Society.

For informal enquiries, please get in touch with Jonathan Ives (j.ives [at] bristol.ac.uk) or Richard Huxtable (r.huxtable [at] bristol.ac.uk).


Conference: British Transplantation Society Ethics Symposium and Living Donor Forum

13 November 2017

Winter Ethics Symposium

23 November 2017

Paediatric Organ Donation and Transplantation in the UK

Mary Ward House, London WC1H 9SN

This year our focus is Paediatric Organ Donation and Transplantation in the UK
We have incorporated complex clinical cases, professional expertise, personal experience and public policy into an ambitious programme to address a range of challenging ethical issues.
Representatives from NHSBT and BTS will highlight obstacles to implementing paediatric donation and organ allocation prioritisation in the UK.
Clinicians working in neonatal and paediatric intensive care units and those involved in the care and possible transplantation of children will set out how a range of potential paediatric donors and transplant recipients are identified and managed and provide insight into factors affecting the development of strategies to expand the paediatric donor pool.
Paediatric donor and recipient families will share their personal stories, and ways to identify and address the psychological impact of bereavement in paediatric donation will be discussed.
Management of the adolescent living donor and strategies to optimise adherence and transition among adolescent recipients will be addressed.
Living Donor Forum

24 November 2017

Living Donor Risk

Mary Ward House, London WC1H 9SN

This year our theme is Living Donor risk, and in particular where the clinician perspective may be at odds with that of the prospective donor. Is this Caring Concern or Pompous Paternalism? How difficult is it for Living Donors to donate?
The day will take the form of an interactive discussion and debate between physicians and surgeons, coordinators, patients and carers. Come with an open mind or prepare to have your assumptions challenged!

Student rates are available.


Job: Research Fellow in Neuroethics at Oxford University

15 August 2017

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: 130447

Applications are invited for a full-time Research Fellow to conduct collaborative research in philosophy and applied ethics, with a neuroethics research focus, as part of the new interdisciplinary Wellcome Centre for Ethics and 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 neuroethics, in relation to at least some of the following: advances in neuroscience (particularly neuroimaging); incidental findings (in children and adults); bioprediction; neuroenhancement technologies; replicability and data management in neuroscience – ethics at the intersection of data science and neurosciences; ethics of brain organoids and human-nonhuman chimeras; experimental treatment (including gene therapy, in neurodegenerative conditions); concepts of disease and normality, well-being and disability.

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 or neuroethics, 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.


Job: Research Fellow in Bioethics at Oxford University

15 August 2017

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.