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Posted: Wednesday, October 6th, 2021
JOB TITLE: Postdoctoral Associate: Ethical, Social and Legal Issues of Genomics/Ethics & Health Policy Research
DEADLINE: Open Until Filled
LOCATION: Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX

The Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine is hiring a full-time  postdoctoral researcher with strong empirical skills to work on NIH-funded research examining ethical,  legal, and social issues at the intersection of data sharing and privacy (including the use of genetic  genealogy databases to solve crimes, the psychosocial and relational impacts of discovering new genetic  relatives through direct-to-consumer genetic testing, and policy issues related to sharing genomic,  neural activity, and health data to advance research and improve care). This is a non-laboratory research  position. 

The postdoctoral researcher will be part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers led by Amy McGuire,  JD, PhD, and Christi Guerrini, JD, MPH. In addition to the primary duties and responsibilities related to  their work on funded research projects, postdoctoral researchers will receive mentoring to assist with  publishing manuscripts and presenting research at academic conferences. Qualified candidates may  receive additional mentorship to submit their own external training grant application. The Center  regularly hosts journal clubs, career development information sessions, and professional development  events, including in-services on grant writing, academic presentations, and goal planning. The Center  promotes an intellectually stimulating and collaborative environment conducive to academic excellence.  

Baylor College of Medicine fosters diversity among its students, trainees, faculty, and staff as a  prerequisite to accomplishing our institutional mission and setting standards for excellence in training  healthcare providers and biomedical scientists, promoting scientific innovation, and providing patient centered care.  

The Center for Medical Ethics & Health Policy has 18 primary faculty members, 34 secondary faculty, 24  scholars, and over 40 fellows and staff, housed on the main Baylor campus in the Texas Medical Center  in Houston, Texas. 

Our Center’s faculty teach in the undergraduate and graduate medical education curricula, direct an  award-winning ethics pathway and newly developed health policy pathway for advanced medical  students, and have developed a comprehensive College-wide graduate medical education curriculum in  ethics, professionalism, and health policy. Center faculty are actively engaged in funded research  supported by the NIH, PCORI, and private foundations. Our faculty publish high-impact papers in the 

peer-reviewed scientific, clinical, and bioethics literature and have authored and edited several seminal  books in bioethics. Finally, our faculty direct clinical ethics programs at affiliated hospitals in the Texas  Medical Center, that conduct over 600 clinical ethics consultations per year.  

Baylor College of Medicine is recognized as one of the nation’s premier academic health science centers  and is known for excellence in education, research, healthcare and community service. Located in the  heart of the world’s largest medical center, Baylor is affiliated with multiple educational, healthcare and  research affiliates. 

For more information about Baylor College of Medicine and the Center for Medical Ethics and Health  Policy, visit our website at 

Primary duties and responsibilities: 

  • Assist with instrument development (interview/focus group guides, survey experiments, and  Delphi materials) and data collection  
  • Conduct interviews/focus groups and participate in qualitative data analysis Help organize modified policy Delphi process, including developing materials and analyzing data  to develop policy options and best practices  
  • Lead and assist with publishing research findings as manuscripts for relevant academic journals Present project findings at local, national, and international meetings 
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned 

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Doctoral degree (e.g., PhD, MD, JD) in humanities, law, social sciences, health policy, public  health, or related field 

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Experience with qualitative data collection and analysis preferred; experience with qualitative  data analysis programs preferred (e.g., Dedoose, nVivo) 
  • Experience with quantitative data analysis preferred 
  • Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills required; must be able to work  independently and collaboratively to meet deadlines 
  • Track record of publications in scientific and/or medical journals preferred 
  • Strong interest in bioethics, health policy, genomics and/or related legal issues Experience with ethical issues in genomics preferred 

How to Apply 

Those interested in this position should submit a resume and cover letter indicating their desire to be  considered. Please apply at: 

Application Deadline: Open until filled 

Salary Range: Up to $53,760

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