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Posted: Tuesday, September 14th, 2021
JOB TITLE: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
DEADLINE: Thursday, September 30th, 2021
LOCATION: Center for Bioethics, Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA
CONTACT: Gabriel Lázaro-Muñoz

Title of Postdoc position:  Research Fellow in Bioethics

School: Harvard Medical School

Department: HMS Center for Bioethics


Location: Boston, MA

Duration: One year, with the possibility of extension

Salary: consistent with NIH guidelines

Primary supervisor: Gabriel Lázaro-Muñoz, PhD, JD

Position Description:

The Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School is hiring a full-time postdoctoral researcher with a strong background or interest in qualitative methods and/or bioethics to work in a 4-year NIH-funded study examining the ethical, clinical and legal implications of using polygenic risk scores in child and adolescent psychiatry.

The postdoctoral researcher will be part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers led by Gabriel Lázaro-Muñoz, PhD, JD, Stacey Pereira, PhD and Eric A. Storch, PhD. The postdoctoral researcher will have the opportunity to receive mentoring on grant writing.

The specific responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Assist with interview and survey materials development and data collection
  • Conduct interviews and qualitative data analysis
  • Assist with conceptual and ethical analysis
  • Assist with quantitative data analysis, as able
  • Take the lead and assist in the preparation of manuscripts for publication
  • Take the lead and assist in the preparation of presentations to disseminate the project’s research in local, national, and international meetings
  • Perform other duties based on project needs


Basic Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree (e.g., PhD, MD, JD) in philosophy, social sciences (e.g., anthropology, sociology), neuroscience, genetics, health policy, public health, or related field

Additional Qualifications

  • Experience with qualitative data collection and analysis desired; experience with qualitative data analysis programs preferred (e.g., ATLAS.ti, MAXQDA)
  • Experience with quantitative data analysis preferred
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills required; must be able to work independently and collaboratively to meet deadlines
  • Strong interest in neuroethics, bioethics, health policy, and/or related legal issues



Application Instructions

Interested applicants should submit the following to Gabriel Lázaro-Muñoz ( for consideration:

  • CV
  • cover letter outlining interest in the role
  • writing samples or publication examples (up to 3 articles), and
  • names and contact information for three references.

Submit items as one PDF named “[your last name, first initial]_[research area or PI name]-fellow-2019” by [deadline].

The deadline for applications is 9/30/21.  Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Harvard equal opportunity employer language

Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law. Applications from women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged.

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