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Posted: Monday, March 29th, 2021
JOB TITLE: Postdoctoral Researcher (ELSI / Neuroethics) – Polygenic Embryo Screening
DEADLINE: Monday, May 31st, 2021
LOCATION: Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX
CONTACT: Laura Torgerson
TELEPHONE: 713-798-3500

Postdoctoral Researcher (ELSI / Neuroethics) – Polygenic Embryo Screening

The Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine is hiring a full-time postdoctoral researcher with a strong background or interest in qualitative methods and/or bioethics to work in an NIH-funded study examining the ethical, legal, and social implications of screening and selecting embryos based on likelihood of polygenic conditions (e.g., psychiatric disorders) and traits (e.g., height, intelligence). This is a non-laboratory research position.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Primary duties and responsibilities:  

  • 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


  • Doctoral degree (e.g., PhD, MD, JD) in philosophy, social sciences (e.g., anthropology, sociology), neuroscience, genetics, health policy, public health, or related field
  • 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
  • Experience with reproductive ethics, disability studies, genetics, and/or bioethics preferred

The postdoctoral researcher will be part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers led by Gabriel Lázaro-Muñoz, PhD, JD, and Stacey Pereira, PhD.

How to Apply

Those interested in this opportunity should submit a CV, a cover letter indicating their interest:

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

Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Employer.

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