Harold T. Shapiro Postdoctoral Research Associate in Bioethics

The Princeton University Center for Human Values invites applications for the Harold T. Shapiro Postdoctoral Fellowship in Bioethics for a position starting around September 2025. The Shapiro Fellowship supports outstanding scholars studying ethical questions arising from developments in medicine, the biological sciences, or the human population. We particularly encourage proposals focusing on problems of practical importance that have broader theoretical interest.

Appointments are for one year with the possibility of renewal pending satisfactory performance and continued funding The Shapiro Fellow will spend time at Princeton conducting research and, as needed, teaching up to one semester course each year, pending sufficient course enrollments and with the approval of the Office of the Dean of the Faculty. They will participate in the Ira W. DeCamp Seminar in Bioethics and in a range of other activities in the University Center for Human Values.


Applications welcome from candidates who have or expect to have a Ph.D., M.D., or other equivalent doctoral degree. Applicants should not have more than two years of postdoctoral experience by the start of appointment. An applicant may have a background in any related field, not necessarily in bioethics. However, the proposed research plan should be in 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 considered.

Term of Appointment

The term of the fellowship is one year, normally beginning September 1, 2025, 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, if teaching. Princeton University offers competitive salary and employee benefits.

How to Apply

Candidates must submit an online application at https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/35121.

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 (of no more than 12,000 words, not including bibliography) 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 must be submitted online by the application deadline of Monday, November 25, 2024, 11:59 p.m. EST. We do not accept application materials by any other method. Letters of reference should be submitted by Monday, December 2, 2024, 11:59 p.m. EST. The selection committee will begin reviewing applications immediately, so receipt of letters of reference after December 2nd may put candidates at a disadvantage.

Decisions will be announced in March 2025. This position is subject to the University's background check policy. The work location for this position is in-person on campus at Princeton University.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.