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Postdoctoral fellow in bioethics/neuroethics

Department of Philosophy, University of Washington

Job category Postdoc or similar / Fixed term
AOS bioethics/neuroethics
AOS categories Biomedical Ethics
AOC Open
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Location Seattle, Washington, United States
Start date January 2023
Job description

We are pleased to announce recruitment for a postdoctoral fellow position in bioethics/neuroethics at the University of Washington.  This position is funded by an NIH grant (#1R01MH130457-01) focused on ethical issues related to support for research participants in neural technology device trials (BRAIN Pioneers). The postdoc will work with the UW neuroethics team, a multi-disciplinary group led by Sara Goering and Eran Klein, based in the Department of Philosophy, with close connections to the UW Center for Neurotechnology (CNT). Work will involve conceptual, normative and empirical bioethics research related to neurotechnology. 

We seek a scholar with a background and interest in conceptual, normative and empirical bioethics/neuroethics research. The disciplinary background is open (philosophy, law, anthropology, public health, science and technology studies, or related field), but the position will be housed within the UW Department of Philosophy.  The postdoctoral fellow will collaborate with Sara Goering (Philosophy, Disability Studies) and Eran Klein (Philosophy, Neurology) on current and planned qualitative studies and conceptual projects focused on medical neurotechnologies.  The postdoctoral fellow will be expected to help gather qualitative data, conduct analyses and interpret findings, and explore conceptual and policy implications of findings. In addition, successful candidates will need to demonstrate the capacity for independent project management related to qualitative research.

This position will provide full time (100% FTE) postdoctoral research salary support for one year, with possible renewal for additional years. Funds for travel to conferences for research dissemination and professional development are available. The position is on-site at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Postdoctoral scholars are represented by UAW 4121 and are subject to the collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For more information, please visit the University of Washington Labor Relations website.

Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. We anticipate a start date in January 2023, but an earlier start will be considered.


Eligible candidates will be trained in bioethics, with a preference for candidates with a competence in neuroethics broadly construed, and who have earned a PhD, JD, or MD within the last five years or will have completed a degree by January 2023. PhD in philosophy is preferred; those with relevant experience but degrees in other related areas (law, anthropology, public health, STS) should also apply. Experience with qualitative methods and data analytic techniques is highly recommended. Candidates with excellent written and verbal communication skills and demonstrated ability to work in multi-disciplinary environments are preferred.

Application Instructions

Applicants must submit a current copy of their curriculum vitae, a cover letter describing their experience and interest in ethics and neurotechnology, one writing sample (peer reviewed publication preferred), and contact information for three academic references (name, title, institution, email address, phone number, relationship to applicant).  Materials should be submitted through Interfolio (https://apply.interfolio.com/110316).
Please contact  Prof Sara Goering ([email protected]) or Eran Klein ([email protected]) with questions.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Commitment to Diversity

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint (http://www.washington.edu/diversity/diversity-blueprint/). Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (https://www.washington.edu/admin/rules/policies/FCG/FCCH24.html#2432).

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements and Information

Under Washington State Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14.1, University of Washington (UW) workers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof thereof, or receive a UW-approved medical or religious exemption. This requirement will be a condition of any offer associated with this recruitment. For more information, please visit https://www.washington.edu/coronavirus/vaccination-requirement/.

How to apply
Application type Online
Web address to apply https://apply.interfolio.com/110316
Hard deadline October 15, 2022, 11:59pm PST
Web address for more information https://apply.interfolio.com/110316
Contact name Sara Goering
Contact email
Contact phone 206-616-2102
Time created August 22, 2022, 9:06pm UTC
Scheduled expiry date October 15, 2022, 11:59pm PST
Last updated August 22, 2022, 9:06pm UTC
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