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Posted: Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Postdoctoral Fellow

Sunday, March 31st, 2013
UBC National Core for Neuroethics Vancouver Campus

Vancouver, BC

Judy Illes

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW – National Core for Neuroethics – Division of Neurology

BUSINESS TITLE:    Postdoctoral Fellow

VP/FACULTY:      Faculty of Medicine

DEPARTMENT:      Medicine – Neurology Division – National Core for Neuroethics University of British Columbia, Vancouver Campus

SALARY LEVEL:      $50,000-$52,000 (1.0 FTE) Grant-funded

TERM:        One year, renewable

START DATE:      Immediate opening

DEADLINE:      Open until filled


The successful applicant will work as a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Neuroethics team on various studies related to translation challenges, science policy and stem cell research. The individual will work closely with the Principal Investigator and other members of the Project Team principally to explore the forces and pressures associated with the professional movement of stem cell researchers, as well as other issues of ethical concern such as clinical trials, medical tourism, consent in stem cell research, and policy. Part of the work is an arm of a larger-scale, three-year collaborative project with investigators in the Health Law and Science Policy Group at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta.


Upwards: Directly to the Director of the National Core for Neuroethics, Dr. Judy Illes.

Interaction and liaisons: Co-director, project faculty, research fellows, postdoctoral fellows, graduate research assistants, research assistants and research interns and administrator.


Design and implement research using a diverse array of research methods.

Analyze and interpret qualitative data in stem cell science and policy-making.

Collaborate with project researchers and staff.

Participate in laboratory meetings, seminars and journal clubs and other academic and teaching opportunities.

Develop and deliver manuscripts, grant applications, presentations, media resources and outreach materials.

Attend and present at national and international conferences.

Provide leadership on a day-to-day basis for more junior members of the team.

Other research, educational and outreach neuroethics-related activity as needed.


Any procedure or data record as part of a research study must be accurate and must accurately reflect the work performed. Studies may be jeopardized if not conducted according to ethical requirements as laid out by the University and by regulatory authorities. Study files must be kept secured or patient confidentiality may be compromised.


Reports directly to the Director.


Successful candidate is expected to work autonomously with minimal supervision.


PhD in a relevant discipline, such as neuroscience, medicine, science policy, biomedical ethics or law. Working knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and design. Experience with annotative software programs (NVivo, AtlasTI), relational databases (MS Acess) and literature search algorithms is a plus. Computer proficiency. Outstanding interpersonal and organizational skills are required, especially written and oral communication skills. Ability to work both independently and within a multidisciplinary team environment, and a desire to thrive in an exciting, dynamic and fast-paced environment are essential.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. We encourage all qualified persons to apply. However, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.


Please submit a cover letter with a statement of your research interests and career goals, curriculum vitae, and the names of three referees willing to provide letters of reference. All information should be sent electronically to Dr. Judy Illes, Professor and Director:


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