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Posted: Friday, June 14th, 2019
JOB TITLE: Director of the Center for Bioethics
DEADLINE: Wednesday, August 14th, 2019
LOCATION: University of Minnesota
Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN, United States
CONTACT: Chloe Kanas
TELEPHONE: 0000000000
Director of the Center for Bioethics
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN

The University of Minnesota (UMN), a public land-grant research institution, and its Office of Academic and Clinical Affairs (OACA) invites nominations and applications for the next Director of the Center for Bioethics. The Center for Bioethics is an interdisciplinary program that spans colleges and interests across the University. The Center’s mission is to advance understanding concerning ethical issues in biomedical research, health care, and the life sciences, with a focus on the rights and interests of patients, research participants, and the public. The new director will be charged with leading this integral Center into a newly reinvigorated chapter of its history.

Founded in 1985 in response to a groundswell of interest by the UMN medical student community, the Center has long served as a resource for addressing critical ethical issues related to health. Over the years, the Center has tackled some of the most complex and difficult emerging issues and topics, such as end of life care, stem cell research, reproductive technologies, organ transplant, and genetic counseling. Faculty members bring strengths of scholarship in public health ethics, human rights and global health; health equity and the protection of vulnerable populations; ethical clinical care across the continuum of care; and ethical issues in the conduct of research.

This current moment is one of expansive possibility for the Center. The next Director will serve to revitalize the Center as UMN’s hub for engagement on bioethical issues and enliven the fabric of intellectual community it provides. To this end, the Office of Academic and Clinical Affairs plans to commit new resources to the Center, including the potential for two more full-time faculty lines.

Reporting to Dr. Jakub Tolar, the Vice President for Clinical Affairs and Dean of Medicine, the Director will be broadly responsible for leading a program that will work in collaboration with schools and faculty across the University and with community and clinical partners. The Director will work closely with their faculty colleagues in re-establishing a robust program of leading-edge, interdisciplinary research; strengthening programming for developing both current and future generations of bioethicists and leaders in related ethics fields; providing guidance regarding the ethical conduct of research across all University schools; equipping practitioners and scholars to navigate ethical challenges in multiple contexts; and engaging the public to foster greater understanding of ethical issues in health care.

The search committee is open to candidates from various sectors who have strong track records in bioethics scholarship and research. An MD/PhD or other doctoral level degree in a field related to medical ethics is required.

The University of Minnesota has engaged the firm of Isaacson, Miller to assist the members of the search committee in identifying and reviewing candidates for this position. Inquiries, applications, and nominations may be sent in confidence to Isaacson, Miller via

The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status or sexual orientation.

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