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Posted: Monday, October 15th, 2018
JOB TITLE: The Harold T. Shapiro Postdoctoral Fellowship in Bioethics
DEADLINE: Thursday, December 6th, 2018
LOCATION: University Center for Human Values, Princeton University
Princeton, NJ, United States
CONTACT: Femke de Ruyter
TELEPHONE: 609-258-1460
The Princeton University Center for Human Values invites applications for the Harold T. Shapiro Postdoctoral Fellowship in Bioethics for a possible opening in September 2019.

The Shapiro Fellowship supports outstanding scholars studying ethical issues arising from developments in medicine, the biological sciences, or population health. We particularly encourage proposals focusing on problems of practical importance that have broader theoretical interest.

The Shapiro Fellow will spend from one to three years at Princeton conducting research and teaching the equivalent of one course each year (subject to sufficient enrollments and approval by the Dean of the Faculty). He or she will participate in the Ira W. DeCamp Seminar in Bioethics and will be invited to participate in other activities of the University Center for Human Values including a year-long research seminar for visiting fellows and Center faculty.


Applicants must have completed all the requirements for the Ph.D., M.D., or other equivalent doctoral degree by September 1, 2019, and should not have held the degree for more than three years by that date. An applicant may have a background in any area of ethical studies, not necessarily in bioethics. However, the proposed research plan should be related to the field of bioethics.

Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the applicant’s previous accomplishments and the promise of the proposed research project in bioethics. The capacity to contribute to the University’s teaching program will also be taken into account.

Term of Appointment

The term of the fellowship is one year, beginning September 1, 2019, with the possibility of renewal for up to two additional years pending satisfactory performance. Appointment will be made to the rank of Postdoctoral Research Associate; the Shapiro Fellow will also carry the title of Lecturer when teaching. Princeton University offers competitive salary and employee benefits.

How to Apply

Candidates must submit an online application at

A complete application will include the following supporting materials:

1. A curriculum vitae;
2. A research proposal (not to exceed 1,500 words). Please provide an indicative title in the heading;
3. A scholarly paper (not to exceed 50 pages) representing the applicant’s scholarly achievement or potential;
4. Contact information for two referees, who should be prepared to comment specifically about the applicant’s qualifications for the proposed research project. Referees will be contacted directly with instructions for uploading letters of reference.

These materials must be submitted online by the application deadline of Thursday, December 6, 2018, 11:59 p.m. EST. We do not accept application materials by any other method. Letters of reference are to be submitted by December 10. If a vacancy for this position is confirmed, the selection committee may begin reviewing applications immediately and incomplete applications may be at a disadvantage. We hope to announce our decision in April 2019.

This position is subject to the University’s background check policy.
Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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