JOB – Asst. Director / Lecturer in Bioethics & Society

Kings-College-London-LogoKing’s College London seeks to appoint to a lectureship in Social Science, Health & Medicine (Bioethics & Society), to act as Assistant Director in our new MA in Bioethics & Society and to contribute to our undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.

Applicants should have a strong background in sociology, anthropology, philosophy or a cognate discipline; and a specialism relevant to bioethics. Applicants must have a completed doctorate, a developing research strategy, evidence of a developing record of high quality publications, and relevant teaching experience.

About the MA in Bioethics and Society

The MA in Bioethics & Society provides a firm grounding in the knowledge and analytical techniques necessary for sound ethical reasoning about end-of-life care, assisted reproduction, biomedical research, genetics, enhancement, justice in health and health care, and many other topics. Based in an institution with unrivalled excellence across the field of medicine and health policy, and with close links with the worlds of health policy and biomedical research, the programme offers students first hand exposure to health practitioners and scientists and allows them to build crucial professional networks. The MA in Bioethics & Society will lay the foundation for future careers; for example in government, national and international NGOs, or university teaching and research in bioethics or social sciences.It will also enhance existing careers in clinical practice, biomedical research, public health, and health policy.

Job Details

The person appointed will be expected to play a key role in the management of the MA in Bioethics & Society and lead or contribute to taught modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. As Assistant Director of the MA programme, the person appointed will be expected to engage in active marketing and recruitment activities, both nationally and internationally; management of admissions, communication with students; and planning, organization and delivery of the taught programme.

Experience or familiarity with the academic environment in the UK is an advantage. A commitment to collegiality is essential, as is the ability and willingness to engage in constructive dialogue with medical and biomedical researchers and practitioners, and with policy makers.

For an informal discussion of the post please contact Professor Ilina Singh via email at


The appointment will be made, dependent on relevant qualifications and experience, within the Grade 6/7 scale, currently £33,654 to £48,264, per annum, inclusive of £2,323 London Allowance, per annum.

Post Duration

Fixed-term contract for 3 years.

How to Apply

To apply for the post, please click on the ‘Further details’ link below to open the job pack. The job pack contains detailed instructions on how to make your application. Please ensure that you follow the instructions carefully, as incomplete or incorrect applications may not be considered. All correspondence MUST clearly state the job title and reference number A6-7/DAF/617/13-JT..

Further details

ONLINE SUMMER SCHOOL – Ethics of Emerging Technologies

EthicsschoolEthicSchool has announced a virtual summer school on Ethics of Emerging Technologies. Here are the pertinent details:

  • Dates: 9-13 September 2013:  14.00-17.00 CEST (Central European Summer Time)
  • Location: Internet – webinar system (for registered participants)
  • Participants: max. 20 per session
  • Free of charge – voluntary contributions such as lectures, scientific committee membership, open access teaching materials & literature or sponsorship are welcome.

To register for the course, please visit the course’s official webpage. The preliminary programme is listed below (with a PDF available here).

Preliminary Programme

Monday 9 September 2013 – Introductions

14.00‐17.00 CEST: lectures, Q&A

  • Introduction to EthicSchool, welcome to Western participants
  • Lecture 1: Introduction in Applied Ethics – Ethics and Law
  • Lecture 2: Engagement, Communication and Dialogue on Emerging Technologies
  • Lecture 3: Recent trends in Social Studies of Science and related areas

Tuesday 10 September 2013 – Nanotechnologies in multicultural perspective

14.00‐17.00 CEST: lectures, exercise

  • Lecture 4: Nano and Health from a non‐Western perspective
  • Lecture 5: Sustainable Nanotechnologies for All: barriers and opportunities
  • Exercise 1: Case study of Responsible Nano‐innovation with the Nanometer self‐assessment tool

Wednesday 11 September 2013 – Conflicting nanointerests

14.00‐17.00 CEST: lecture, exercise, master class

  • Lecture 6: Nanoelectronics, Peace and Security
  • Exercise 2: Dialogue on nanoethics using the Ethics Toolkit
  • Masterclass 1: Participants present their research in 5‐10 minutes and receive feedback from lecturers

Thursday 12 September 2013: What it means to be Human

14.00‐17.00 CEST: lecture, exercise, master class

  • Lecture 7: Perspectives on Human Nature and Dignity
  • Exercise 3: DEMOCS card game on Human Enhancement
  • Master class 2: Participants present their research in 5‐10 minutes and receive feedback from lecturers

Friday 13 September 2013: Nature and Techno Revisited

14.00‐17.00 CEST: lectures, master class

  • Lecture 8: From Bio to Techno (e.g., synthetic biology, 3D printing biological materials)
  • Lecture 9: From Techno to Bio (e.g., robotics, AI)
  • Master class 3: Participants present their research in 5‐10 minutes and receive feedback from lecturers
  • Wrap‐up

CALL FOR PAPERS – The Ethical Biologist, UConn

Call for Submissions: The Ethical Biologist

Although ‘bioethics’ is often used to describe the application of ethical and moral theories to biological sciences and technology, in its broadest sense, the term ‘bioethics’ refers to the study of the ethics of life.  This interdisciplinary field promises to become increasingly important to all people as technology and science becomes increasingly prevalent in daily life.  The Ethical Biologist is a new peer-reviewed undergraduate research journal based at the University of Connecticut that seeks to highlight new ideas in bioethics. The journal is completely student-run and student refereed.

We are currently accepting submissions for our inaugural issue, to be published in the spring of 2013.  We encourage the submission of pieces that address current issues in bioethics, or that consider the behavioral, biological, environmental, political, legal, or socioeconomic factors that influence bioethical issues.

Until 11:59 p.m. (EST) on December 16, 2012, we will be accepting:

●      Original Academic Research Papers (2500-3500 words) – Pieces that address a specific area of bioethical study;

●      Perspectives (1200 word maximum) – Opinion pieces that analyze a recent development in bioethics;

●      Field notes (2000 word maximum) – Journal-style pieces based on relevant personal experience and written with a more personal voice.

Please turn in all submissions to by December 16, 2012. If you have any questions, please contact us directly.  Our website, which is currently undergoing maintenance, will be available for more information beginning in October.  Visit us at

JOB – Bioethics Researcher in Law, Oxford

STEMBANCC Bioethics Researcher in Law
University of Oxford -Centre for Health, Law & Emerging Technologies Centre for Health, Law & Emerging Technologies (HeLEX), Department of Public Health, Old Road Campus, Headington

Grade 7: £29,249 – £35,938 p.a.

We are seeking a full-time Researcher to provide research governance and bioethical support to the STEMBANCC project under the supervision of Dr Jane Kaye at HeLEX. STEMBANCC is a flagship inter-disciplinary research project involving academic and commercial partners and is funded under the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI). The objective of the project is to develop a human induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) bioresource to be used as a platform for drug discovery. This ambitious project brings together internationally renowned scientists and clinicians to study and develop new therapies for 8 major diseases of our time: Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Autism, Schizophrenia, Bipolar, Migraine, Pain and Diabetes.

You will work with researchers in STEMBANCC to identify the research governance and ethical issues that emerge as the project progresses, developing policy and practical solutions to resolve them. In addition, you will carry out research into the broader ethical, legal and social issues around stem cell research. You will possess a PhD in science, ethics, policy or law. You will have a proven track record of high quality academic publications and conducting independent academic research in this field. You will have excellent communication skills (both in written and spoken English) and ability to communicate in an accessible and informative manner with a wide range of people from different disciplines as well as with patients and the general public. Along with the ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team you will also possess excellent analytical, organisational and research skills. In this position you will be expected to be an active and enthusiastic member of HeLEX and the STEMBANCC project.

The post is offered full-time for 3 years. You will be based at the Old Road Campus, Headington, Oxford. The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Thursday 13 September 2012. Interviews will be held on 25 September or 2 October.

Job description and selection criteria can be found at

Application information can be found at

FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS – ISEE Sessions at the Pacific APA, Spring 2013

International Society for Environmental Ethics LogoSubmissions are invited for the International Society for Environmental Ethics (ISEE) sessions at the 2013 Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA).  The upcoming meeting will be held in the always beautiful San Francisco, CA, USA from Wednesday, March 27th to Sunday, March 31st.

ISEE invites submissions of individual papers (approximately 20 minutes running time) or proposals for themed sessions (particular topics, author-meets-critics, etc.; 2 hours running time).  Submissions are encouraged from those working interdisciplinarily and include but are not limited to the following areas:

  • animal studies,
  • green religion,
  • sustainability,
  • climate ethics,
  • conservation ethics,
  • environmental education,
  • environmental justice,
  • environmental policy,
  • ecophenomenology,
  • environmental pragmatism,
  • food, water, & agricultural ethics,
  • geoengineering, synthetic biology, & nanotechnology,
  • feminist, post-colonial, and queer studies.

Submission Procedure:

  • For individual paper submissions, please submit either: 1) a full paper, or 2) a 300-word abstract.
  • For themed sessions, please submit the proposed session title, a brief description of the session, names of presenters, and titles for each paper. Paper abstracts (of up to 300 words) are strongly encouraged.  Participants should be confirmed as willing to attend if the session goes forward.

Materials should be submitted in Microsoft Word or PDF format to William Grove-Fanning: williamgrovefanning@hotmail.comThe deadline for submitting materials and proposals is September 1st, 2012.  Early submissions are most welcome.  Decisions will be made by late September.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Synthetic Biology for Human Health: Bioethics Special Issue

Guest Editors: Nikola Biller-Andorno, Ruud ter Meulen, Ainsley J Newson
Closing date for submissions: October 1st, 2012

The Editors of Bioethics are pleased to announce a special issue in 2013 on the ethical and policy issues in synthetic biology for human health.  Synthetic biology is an emerging field with important potential applications for human health, such as innovative drugs, new vaccines, tissue regeneration, or even synthetic cells.  Synthetic biology aims to be able to design, engineer and build biological systems that do not occur in nature as well as re-engineer systems that already exist.  This raises fundamental ethical questions about the moral status of life, the conceptualization of risks and benefits as well as possible implications for future people.  Questions also arise about how we should approach these ethical issues and the moral grounding which ought to guide policy and regulatory issues in this area.

We invite submissions on all aspects of this topic. Questions include but are not limited to:

  • Is there anything inherently morally objectionable in creating or (re-)designing life?
  • What are appropriate methodological paradigms for ethical debates over synthetic biology for human health?
  • What questions does synthetic biology for human health pose with regards to justice
  • When should we consider the risks that may arise in the development of synthetic biology applications for human health as morally justifiable to take
  • How should we interpret contested concepts important to normative thinking about synthetic biology and human health? (e.g. life, risk, public interest, health and dignity).
  • What should be the moral grounds for any specific regulation of synthetic biology research and applications to human health?

The editors welcome early discussion of brief proposals and/or abstracts by email to:

Upon submission authors should include full contact details and a few lines of biographical information in a separate electronic file.  We discourage papers of more than 5,000 words.

For further submission requirements, format and referencing style, refer to the Author Guidelines on the Bioethics website:

Manuscripts should be submitted to Bioethics online at

Please ensure that you select manuscript type ‘Special Issue’ and state that it is for the “Synbio”, Special Issue when prompted.