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Philosophy Postdoctoral Associate - Medical Ethics (EXPIRED)

Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Baylor College of Medicine Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy

Job category Postdoc or similar / Fixed term
AOS Value theory, biomedical ethics
AOS categories Biomedical Ethics
Value Theory
AOC Action theory, philosophy of mind, epistemology
AOC categories Epistemology
Philosophy of Action
Philosophy of Mind
Workload Full time
Vacancies 2
Organization's reference number Requisition 10264
Location Houston, Texas, United States
Start date Summer/Fall 2022
Job description

Philosophy Postdoctoral Associate

The Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine is seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Associate for a non-laboratory research position. The individual hired will be responsible for providing high-level expertise in the area of philosophy and bioethics. The Postdoctoral Associate will be part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers led by Dr. Jennifer Blumenthal-Barby with the goal of increasing the footprint (quality and quantity) of the philosophical aspects of bioethics. No specific area of research inquiry is required, but Professor Blumenthal-Barby has expertise, projects, and interests in general medical ethics (e.g., consent), autonomy, decision-making, neuroethics, and AI ethics in medicine—especially as these issues intersect with the philosophical areas of value theory, action theory, philosophy of mind, and epistemology.

This position is expected to begin Summer/Fall 2022.

In addition to supporting the Center’s robust research program, the Postdoctoral Associate will receive mentoring to assist with publishing manuscripts and presenting research at academic conferences. Qualified candidates may receive additional mentorship to submit their own external training grant application. They will also have the opportunity to participate in professional and academic development sessions hosted by the Center. Such development opportunities include journal clubs, speaker series, career development information sessions, peer mentorship, and programming on grant writing, academic presentations, and goal planning. The Center promotes an intellectually stimulating and collaborative environment conducive to academic excellence.

The Center cultivates a culture of intentionality, respect, inclusivity, and collaboration. We offer intellectual, social, and professional development opportunities to promote a meaningful work experience. We are reflective and mindful of issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion in both interactions with one another.

For more information about Baylor College of Medicine and the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, visit our website at www.bcm.edu/ethics.

Primary duties and responsibilities:

  • Plan and implement widespread dissemination of philosophical bioethics materials and initiatives through a multi-institutional philosophical bioethics collaborative network including BCM’s Center for Medical Ethics/Rice University Philosophy, Oxford’s Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, Georgetown’s Kennedy Institute of Ethics, and NYU’s Center for Bioethics.
  • Conduct comprehensive literature searches in the areas of philosophy and bioethics
  • Lead and assist with publishing manuscripts in relevant academic journals
  • Present papers at local, national and international meetings
  • Attend project meetings
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree in philosophy, bioethics, or related field

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong analytical and written communication skills, including proficiency in presentation and educational content development
  • Strong interest in bioethics and philosophy
  • Track record of publications in bioethics/philosophy journals preferred
  • Team oriented, collaborative mindset with an interest in creating value in any situation with insightful questions and suggestions
  • Detail-oriented, self-motivated, efficient, and strong organizational skills

How to Apply

Those interested in this position should submit a CV, writing sample and cover letter indicating their desire to be considered. Please apply at: https://tinyurl.com/yck3ke89

Application Deadline: Open until filled

About the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy

The Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy is comprised of 18 primary faculty members, 31 secondary faculty, 24 scholars, and over 40 fellows and staff, housed on the main Baylor campus in the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas.

The Center conducts cutting-edge multidisciplinary research on perennial and emerging ethical issues arising in clinical practice and in biomedical research in a changing healthcare environment. Our research informs our teaching, clinical practice, and contributions to the development of health and science policy at the local, national, and international levels.

Center faculty teach in the undergraduate and graduate medical education curricula, direct an award-winning ethics pathway and newly developed health policy pathway for advanced medical students, and developed a comprehensive College-wide graduate medical education curriculum in ethics, professionalism, and health policy. Center faculty are actively engaged in funded research supported by the NIH, PCORI, and private foundations. Our faculty publish high-impact papers in the peer-reviewed scientific, clinical, and bioethics literature and have authored and edited several seminal books in bioethics. Finally, our faculty direct clinical ethics programs at affiliated hospitals in the Texas Medical Center that conduct over 600 clinical ethics consultations per year.

About Baylor College of Medicine

Baylor College of Medicine, one of the nation's top academic health sciences centers, is a health sciences university that creates knowledge and applies science and discoveries to further education, healthcare and community service locally and globally. Located in the heart of the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas, it is the only private medical school in the Greater Southwest. Baylor College of Medicine is affiliated with multiple educational, healthcare and research affiliates. Baylor College of Medicine was founded in 1900 and is today an internationally respected medical and research institution known for excellence in education, research and patient care. The College consistently ranks among the top of the country's 125 medical schools. U.S. News & World Report annual list of top graduate schools place Baylor College of Medicine in the top 15 percent of all U.S. medical schools. In the research intensive category, Baylor remains among the top 25 medical schools of the 152 medicals in the nation at 21nd, and in the primary care category, Baylor rose to 4th. The College ranks among the top 25 academic biomedical research institutions for total research funding.

Baylor College of Medicine fosters diversity among its students, trainees, faculty, and staff as a prerequisite to accomplishing our institutional mission and setting standards for excellence in training healthcare providers and biomedical scientists, promoting scientific innovation, and providing patient-centered care. Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Employer.

About Houston

Houston is one of the most racially, ethnically, and internationally diverse cities in the United States and supports world class cultural institutions – such as the Alley Theater, the Menil Collection and Museum of Fine Arts, the Houston Ballet, the Houston Grand Opera, and the Houston Symphony – four professional sports teams, and cuisines from around the world. Houston and its suburbs offer a wide range of affordable housing and family-oriented programs and activities.


How to apply
Application type Online
Those interested in this position should submit a CV, writing sample and cover letter indicating their desire to be considered.
Web address to apply https://jobs.bcm.edu/job/Houston-Postdoctoral-Asso...
Hard deadline No deadline specified (applications considered on an ongoing basis)
Web address for more information http://www.bcm.edu/ethics
Contact name Jennifer Blumenthal-Barby
Contact email
Contact phone 713-798-3500
Time created February 4, 2022, 10:11pm UTC
Scheduled expiry date August 3, 2022, 1:50pm CST
Expired on June 28, 2022, 4:39pm CST
Last updated September 1, 2022, 3:00pm UTC
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