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Bioethics Research Assistant-Fixed Term - 72837


This is a fixed term position through April 30, 2018.

Stanford University School of Medicine is seeking a Bioethics Research Assistant to perform work to support research and educational programs in bioethics, applying basic knowledge and understanding of bioethics and biomedical scientific theory and literature. This position is within the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, an international leader in empirical interdisciplinary research on biomedical ethics and training. The SCBE is a unit of the School of Medicine but includes faculty from throughout Stanford University, including the Stanford Law School, the School of Humanities and Sciences, and the School of Engineering. SCBE faculty also lead the research ethics consultation service and clinical ethics consultation services. A significant source of support for this position comes from a Clinical and Translational Sciences Award from the National Institutes of Health to form Spectrum, one of over 50 centers established in the US to streamline translation of basic innovations into clinical care and provide services to researchers. Among these services is the research ethics consultation service provided to academic and industry biomedical researchers throughout the US, in response to requests from individual scientists.

Duties include:

• Administer, schedule, and coordinate the research ethics consultation service, including attending consultations and drafting consultation reports that include identification of key ethical issues raised and recommendations.

• Administer, schedule, recruit to, and coordinate interviews, focus groups, questionnaires and rating scales for Spectrum-funded bioethics research projects.

• Administer, schedule, and coordinate bioethics courses and seminars, including literature searches to identify cases for discussion.

• Conduct literature searches, and write literature and data summaries (e.g. as background for publications and grants).

• Assist in designing and evaluating phases of research projects (e.g. employing surveys, interviews, focus groups), seeking guidance where necessary, and auditing the accuracy and validity of data entered in databases.

* - Other duties may also be assigned



Desire BA/BS in psychology or social science, research internship experience, and/or interest in and general understanding of bioethics theory and literature.


Two year college degree and one year of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of experience, education, and training.


• General understanding of scientific theory and methods.

• General computer skills and ability to quickly learn and master computer programs.

• Ability to work under deadlines with general guidance.

• Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to complete detailed work accurately.

• Effective oral and written communication skills




• Frequently perform desk-based computer tasks, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.

• Occasionally stand/walk, sit, use a telephone, writing by hand, and sort/file paperwork or parts.

• Rarely twist/bend/stoop/squat, kneel/crawl, rarely reach/work above shoulders, and operates foot and/or hand controls.

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


• May be exposed to blood borne pathogens.

• May be required to work non-standard, extended or weekend hours in support of research work.


• Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.

• Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.

• Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

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