JOB – Postdoc @ University of Washington (Seattle), Biological Futures in a Globalized World

We invite recent PhDs with expertise in research ethics to apply for a teaching postdoctoral fellowship in “Biological Futures in a Globalized World” (a “Research Associate” appointment) beginning in September 2012.  Biological Futures in a Globalized World” is a cluster of projects hosted by the Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington, initiated in 2011 in collaboration with the Center for Biological Futures at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.  The Biological Futures Postdoctoral Fellow will be appointed in the Program on Values (Department of Philosophy), and will report to the Principal Investigator responsible for the University of Washington components of the Biological Futures program.  The Biological Futures Postdoctoral Fellow will play a pivotal role in developing an integrated, cross-campus research ethics training initiative in the (non-medical) natural and social sciences at the University of Washington.  In this second year of the Biological Futures project our priority is to pilot several undergraduate courses and graduate seminars in research ethics that complement and integrate existing ethics training resources on campus.  The Postdoctoral Fellow will be responsible for coordinating one undergraduate lecture course that will showcase the work of UW faculty involved in research ethics (Fall 2012), teaching one broad spectrum undergraduate introduction to research ethics in the sciences (Winter 2013), and one graduate seminar on a selection of key research ethics issues (Spring 2013).  The Postdoctoral Fellow will also assist the Biological Futures PI in identifying best practices and areas of need in research ethics education at the University of Washington, and will collaborate with Biological Futures faculty in developing plans for a sustainable program in research ethics.  Finally, the Postdoctoral Fellow will assist in convening a colloquium series on Research Ethics through the academic year.

While this position is open with respect to discipline, a strong background in analytic value theory is necessary and experience teaching practice-grounded (non-medical) research ethics is an asset.  We especially encourage applications from scholars who have a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively across disciplines, and experience convening academic events.

This appointment is for nine months – 16 September 2012 through 15 June 2013.  Candidates must have their PhD degree in hand by the time they take up their appointment, and must have received their PhD within the last six years.  The fellowship carries a monthly salary of $4292 plus benefits, and includes relocation support and/or travel funds.

The deadline for applications is June 15, 2012.  To be considered for this position please submit the following materials electronically, in one PDF or Word file, to Suzanne Long (Biological Futures Program Coordinator) at the Simpson Center at  Please provide the following:

  1. A cover letter that states your interest in the Postdoctoral Fellowship and outlines how your interests and qualifications are suited to this position.
  2. A curriculum vitae.
  3. One writing sample of no more than 20 pages.
  4. A sample syllabus for a course, or seminar, on research ethics in the non-medical sciences, and evidence of teaching excellence.

We also request three letters of recommendation, to be e-mailed directly by the recommenders or sent from a portfolio management service to the Simpson Center for the Humanities:  We will consider applications on a rolling basis and expect to make a hiring decision by July 20, 2011.

–Biological Futures in a Globalized World:
–Principal Investigator (UW): Alison Wylie:

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