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Posted: Friday, September 3rd, 2021
JOB TITLE: Assistant Professor in Bioethics
DEADLINE: Wednesday, October 6th, 2021
LOCATION: Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, School of Public Health, Université de Montréal
Montreal, Québec
CONTACT: Prof. Bryn Williams-Jones, Director
TELEPHONE: 514-343-6139

The Department of Social and Preventive Medicine (DMSP) in the School of Public Health at the Université de  Montréal (ESPUM) is recruiting for a position at rank of assistant professor for a for a teaching and research career  in bioethics. An interdisciplinary field, bioethics addresses ethical issues in a variety of settings that affect society,  e.g., health care, research, public health, health policy and the environment. The successful candidate will have  developed a broad view of bioethics; they will be responsible for teaching general and specialist courses in  undergraduate and graduate programmes; and they will be prepared to take over the direction of the Bioethics  Program and pursue its development (e.g., competency-based teaching, new online courses, internationalisation). 

A pioneer in bioethics education in Canada, the ESPUM’s Bioethics Program is the only one to provide a  comprehensive set of programs at the undergraduate (minor and certificate) and graduate (microprogram,  graduate certificate, Master’s and PhD) levels. These programs attract more than forty students each year from a  variety of disciplines and career paths, are rooted in the reality of health services and public health and are focused  on the implementation of concrete solutions. The DMSP’s bioethics professors have academic and professional  affiliations, are associated with several leading research centres in Montreal, and have multiple national and  international collaborations. The ESPUM also hosts the Canadian Journal of Bioethics/Revue canadienne de  bioéthique, a peer-reviewed scientific journal that is the only bilingual, open access bioethics journal in Canada. 

As a professor, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the promotion of the excellence of the DMSP  and the ESPUM through your teaching and research activities. You will also contribute to the visibility of bioethics  and actively participate in the functioning of a leading academic institution. As such, you will be asked to: 

Teach bioethics at the undergraduate and graduate levels in general (e.g., BIE1000 Fondements de la  bioéthique, BIE6000 Bioéthique : origines, sens, pratiques) and specialist courses, 

Supervise master’s and doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows in the production of theses, directed  studies, and internships, 

Assume responsibility for the management, continuous development and internationalisation of the  Bioethics Program; 

Develop and conduct bioethics research and publish in peer-reviewed journals, 

Contribute actively to the functioning of the Department and the School by being involved in  administrative, teaching and scientific activities, 

Participate in external academic activities, contribute to the visibility of the Department, the School and  the University in scientific and professional circles.

To be successful in this role, you must: 

Hold a PhD in bioethics or a related discipline (e.g., philosophy, health law, the social sciences), Have expertise covering the analysis of major issues that characterise bioethics, 

Demonstrate leadership and experience in the management or development of educational programs, Demonstrate knowledge of relevant theories and methods, 

Demonstrate an ability to provide bioethics education to various types of audience, Demonstrate an ability to conduct research that focuses on bioethics analysis or intervention, Have an adequate knowledge of the French written and spoken language or a strong commitment to  

mastering the proficiency level required, in accordance with the Université de Montréal’s Language Policy.  An institutional learning support program is offered to all professors wishing to learn French or improve  their communication skills. 

How to submit your application 

Please send:  

a cover letter (2 pages) 

a 5-year research plan (3 pages) 

a summary of teaching approach and relevant experience (1 page) 

an academic CV (training, scholarships and awards, research grants, scientific publications, teaching and  mentoring activities, knowledge transfer activities, etc.)  

the names of 3 references who agree to be contacted in the event that you are invited to interview The application should be sent by email to: 

Prof. Bryn Williams-Jones, Director 

ESPUM, Department of Social and Preventive Medicine 

Telephone: 514-343-6139 



Additional information about the position 

Reference number ESP 09-21/01 

Application deadline Until October 5th, 2021 inclusively 

Salary The Université de Montréal offers competitive salaries and a full  range of benefits 

Starting date Ideally as of January 2022 

Université de Montréal is strongly committed to fostering diversity and inclusion. Through its Equal Access Employment Program, UdeM invites applications from women, Aboriginal people, visible and ethnic minorities, as well as persons with disabilities. We will – confidentially – adapt our recruitment mechanisms to the specific needs of people with disabilities who request it. We also welcome applications from candidates of all orientations and sexual identities. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadians and permanent residents. 

Université de Montréal’s application process allows all members of the Professor’s Assembly to review the application files submitted. If you wish to keep your application confidential until the shortlist is established, please mention it in your application.

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