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JOB: Teaching Fellow, UCL (0.4 FTE)

15 Jul, 16 | by Iain Brassington

James Wilson has drawn my attention to this opportunity, which may be of interest to those working in public health ethics.

Further Particulars
This post is a Teaching Fellowship which, in the first instance, will start on 15 September 2016 and run until 14 September 2017.

The successful candidate will be expected primarily to provide teaching in Philosophy, Politics and Economics of Health at postgraduate and advanced undergraduate level and Global Justice and Heath at postgraduate and advanced undergraduate level.  This will involve teaching two courses per year, one in the Autumn term and one in the Spring term.  Some postgraduate supervision may also be required.

Each course requires two hours of teaching per week throughout the ten-week terms, plus course administration.  Courses for postgraduates and third year undergraduates involve a two hour seminar per week.  Although the overall content of the courses is fixed, the precise content will be up to the successful candidate.

As well as giving these lectures and seminars the Teaching Fellow will be expected to set and mark essay topics or examinations for their own courses, to supervise graduate teaching assistants, and to play a part in the normal duties of teaching and administration within the Department.

Making the Jump to a Medico-Legal Career

15 Jul, 15 | by BMJ

Guest Post by Daniel Sokol

On a number of occasions, I have been asked by early career ethicists about the move from ethics to law, or the wisdom of seeking a legal qualification to supplement their ethical knowledge. In the UK, this can be achieved remarkably quickly. This blog post is an answer to those questions, based only on my own experiences.

In 2008, I was a lecturer in medical ethics and law at St George’s, University of London. I had no legal training, and felt uncomfortable teaching law to medical students. Some of the graduate students were former lawyers and it must have been obvious to them that the limits of my legal knowledge extended no further than the PowerPoint slide.

That year, an old school friend, a solicitor, encouraged me to become a lawyer. “I can imagine calling you ‘My learned friend‘ in court”, he said. And so the seed was planted, and with each soul-sapping marking session, and each article published and quite unread, the seed grew until, in 2009, I resigned from my lectureship to study on the law conversion course, now called the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). more…

JOB: Research Fellow in Bioethics/ Philosophy

9 Mar, 12 | by Iain Brassington

School of Health and Population Sciences/ College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham

This post was created as a result of securing funds under the EU FP7 security call for collaborative research project SURVEILLE (Surveillance: Ethical Issues, Legal Limitations and Efficiency). In brief, SURVEILLE is a multidisciplinary project combining law, ethics, sociology and technology analysis is reviewing the impacts of different surveillance systems used to counter terrorism and serious crime, working with manufacturers and end-users. This post will support Heather Draper to conduct an evaluation of an ethics advisory service for technology developers and users that is being organised and run by Professor Tom Sorell (Centre for the Study of Global Ethics).

The post-holder will be based in Medicine, Ethics, Society and History (MESH) in the School of Health and Population Sciences, College of Medical and Dental Sciences. As such, the post-holder will work closely with Heather Draper and must be willing and able to contribute to the research effort in MESH (including making applications for further funding, as well research outputs, typically articles in high impact peer review journals). Accordingly, we are looking for a candidate who is both competent to conduct the evaluation (using qualitatively analysed interviews) of the advisory service and able work in bioethics, as well as being willing to engage with some of the philosophical work required for SURVEILLE.

Full details here; apply via this page.

What’re your Qualifications?

8 Feb, 11 | by Iain Brassington

“I’ve never read a more outrageous job advert,” says a colleague’s Facebook update, in reference to this from Georgetown University.

Georgetown University is seeking outstanding candidates for the position of Director of the Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University Medical Center (CCB).  The CCB Director will report directly to the Medical Center’s chief executive officer, the Executive Vice-President for Health Sciences and Executive Dean of the Georgetown University School of Medicine.  The Director will ideally possess an MD or equivalent medical training with additional graduate training in theology and/or philosophy.  The Director must have an international reputation for scholarly and professional achievements, along with a strong commitment to the advancement of the humane, theological, philosophical and ethical dimensions of medicine.  The Director should command the respect of peers from a variety of religious and non-religious backgrounds, demonstrate dedication to interdisciplinary, inter-religious and cross-cultural dialogue, possess a deep knowledge of the Roman Catholic tradition of medical ethics and  a commitment to the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services, and be a strong advocate of and spokesperson for the Catholic/Jesuit tradition in healthcare.

I’m not sure it’s as outrageous as all that, and the ad does go on to say that

Georgetown University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, marital status, veteran status or disability.

The not discriminating according to religion bit is a bit curious, admittedly – I mean, I’ll accept that a Hindu could carry out a role that involves advocacy “for the Catholic/Jesuit tradition in healthcare”*; but a Catholic is likely to have an advantage on this front.  (And what is it with veterans?  I know that Americans take the military Very Seriously Indeed; but, really – it’s just a job, albeit a job with abnormally high levels of shouting.)

But there is a couple of further questions that the ad raises, albeit short of causing outrage. more…

Job: Chair in Bioethics, University of Manchester

24 Jan, 09 | by David Hunter

School of Law

Closing date: 16/02/2009
Reference: HUM/81493

The University invites applications for the post of Professor in Bioethics within the Centre for Social Ethics and Policy (CSEP) in the School of Law. The successful candidate will be a leading scholar in the field with an international reputation and the ability to take a leadership role in CSEP. The appointee will have the opportunity to contribute also to the work of our new Institute for Science Ethics and Innovation (iSEI) under the chairmanship of Nobel Prize winner Sir John Sulston. The post is tenable with immediate effect.

Details here:

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