Harold T. Shapiro Postdoctoral Research Associate in Bioethics

The University Center for Human Values invites applications for the Harold T. Shapiro Postdoctoral Fellowship in Bioethics. The Shapiro Fellowship supports outstanding scholars studying ethical issues arising from developments in medicine, the biological sciences, or population health. We particularly encourage proposals focusing on problems of practical importance that have broader theoretical interest.

The Shapiro Fellow will spend from one to three years at Princeton conducting research and teaching the equivalent of one course each year (subject to sufficient enrollments and approval by the Dean of the Faculty). He or she will participate in the Ira W. DeCamp Seminar in Bioethics and will be invited to participate in other activities of the University Center for Human Values including a year-long research seminar for visiting fellows and Center faculty.


Applicants must have completed all the requirements for the Ph.D., M.D., or other equivalent doctoral degree by September 1, 2015, and must not have held the degree for more than three years by September 1, 2015. An applicant may have a background in any area of ethical studies, not necessarily in bioethics. However, the proposed research plan should be related to the field of bioethics.

Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the applicant’s previous accomplishments and the promise of the proposed research project in bioethics. The capacity to contribute to the University’s teaching program will also be taken into account.

Term of Appointment

The term of the fellowship is one year, beginning September 1, 2015, with the possibility of renewal for up to two additional years pending satisfactory performance. Appointment will be made to the rank of Postdoctoral Research Associate; the Shapiro Fellow will also carry the title of Lecturer when s/he is teaching. Princeton University offers competitive salary and employee benefits.

Application Procedure

Candidates should submit an online application at http://jobs.princeton.edu. Search for requisition number #1400502. The online system includes instructions on how to apply.

A complete application will include the following supporting materials:

1. A curriculum vitae;

2. A research proposal (not to exceed 1,500 words). Please provide an indicative title in the heading;

3. A scholarly paper (not to exceed 50 pages) representing the applicant’s scholarly achievement or potential;

4. Contact information for two referees, who should be prepared to comment specifically about the applicant’s qualifications for the proposed research project. Referees will be contacted directly with instructions for uploading letters of reference.

These materials should be submitted online by Monday, November 10, 2014. We do not accept application materials by any other method. Letters of reference are to be submitted by November 13. The selection committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and incomplete applications may be at a disadvantage. We hope to announce decisions by March 13, 2015.

This position is subject to the University’s background check policy.

Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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