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Posted: Saturday, May 4th, 2019
JOB TITLE: ELSI postdoctoral position in Vanderbilt Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society
DEADLINE: Saturday, September 28th, 2019
LOCATION: Vanderbilt University Medical Center
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, United States
CONTACT: Ellen Wright Clayton
TELEPHONE: 6153221186
A new full time post-doctoral position in the Vanderbilt Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society focusing on ethical, legal, and social issues in genetics and genomics is available as early as the summer of 2019. The position is available for one year, with a potential for renewal for an additional year. The Center has a long and distinguished history in research in these domains. Current projects include a Center of Excellence in ELSI Research focusing on genetic privacy and identity in community settings. This center is co-led by Ellen Wright Clayton and Brad Malin and includes faculty and students from across the university in disciplines ranging from computer science and genomics to law and humanities. Other projects include involvement in the eMERGE consortium, which explores the translation of research to the clinical setting, a project that has been under way for more than a decade, and LawSeqSM, which is defining the legal landscape for the future of genomics. The Center is the home of the Program for Empirical Bioethics with leadership by Laura Beskow and has a very active program in clinical ethics consultation.
Vanderbilt and its alliance partner, Meharry Medical College, are the home of the Data Repository and Engagement cores, respectively, for the All of Us Cohort. VUMC is also home to BioVU, the largest collection of de-identified DNA and associated clinical information in the country, and the Vanderbilt Genetics Institute, which is a leader in computational genomics.
It is anticipated that a successful candidate will have a terminal degree as well as training in quantitative and/or qualitative social science skills with a track record of publication, will be committed to transdisciplinary investigation, and will be interested in participating in the Center’s ongoing projects in genetics and genomics. However, candidates without experience in such areas could be successful, provided they have experience in studying sociotechnical systems and issues raised by genomic research and clinical translation. Excellent writing and organizational skills are critical.

The fellow will have time to pursue his/her own projects as well as opportunities to teach.

If you have questions, you can email or call Ellen Wright Clayton at or 615-322-1186 (office).

Interested candidates should send a letter of intent, a current CV, and a writing sample to Electronic submissions are preferred. Consideration of applications will begin as soon as they are received with a start date no earlier than July 1, 2019. Vanderbilt University Medical Center is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, members of minority groups, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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