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Posted: Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

Postdoctoral Fellow in the Ethics of Precision Medicine and Research Translation

Monday, April 30th, 2018
McGill University

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Jennifer Fishman
We are seeking an individual interested in contributing to a project exploring barriers, opportunities, and the ethical landscape for the implementation of targeted (precision medicine) therapies in pediatric neuro-oncology. The successful candidate will be involved in a large team grant, funded by Genome Canada and CIHR, that is developing new precision therapies to treat pediatric brain tumours and simultaneously exploring the landscape of translating these therapies into clinical trial and clinical practice. Opportunities exist to participate in ongoing projects, but also to develop innovative ideas in the area of the social and ethical aspects of pediatric cancer clinical trials, therapies, drug development, and knowledge translation. The fellow will be part of a multidisciplinary team of researchers (sociology, bioethics, oncology, neurology, genetics, bioinformatics, clinical trialists, etc.). The fellow will have opportunities to develop supervisory skills through active engagement with students and new research skills through involvement in a large-scale team project.

Qualified individuals will have completed a PhD in sociology, anthropology, STS, bioethics, or a related field. Experience with qualitative methods and data analytic techniques is required. Demonstrated productivity in terms of published journal articles and excellent written and oral communication skills is an asset. The fellow will be registered as a postdoctoral researcher at McGill University, under the supervision of Dr. Jennifer Fishman. Salary is commensurate with experience. Term of hire is for one year with possibility for renewal.

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter describing your research interests and professional goals, a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three references to: Jennifer Fishman (

Applications should be addressed to Dr. Jennifer Fishman ( and must include: 1) a cover letter that includes a description of current research, future plans for research, and interest in the position; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) one sample of scholarly writing (a published article or unpublished paper or chapter); and 4) the names of three referees to provide letters upon request. Applicants who do not have a completed Ph.D. at the time of application must include a letter from their Department Chair specifying the date of their dissertation defense.

Review of Applications will begin on April 30, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicant must have plans to receive their degree by June 1, 2018 at the

*Please note: Candidates’ eligibility to hold a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship expires 5 years after the date on which their PhD was awarded, regardless of when they are hired. Be sure to refer to the following link for further information on eligibility criteria:

**Any offer to non-Canadian citizens/non-permanent residents is contingent on the candidate obtaining a work permit, see:

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