Deadline: December 01, 2015

Colleen Higgins

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The Duke Initiative for Science & Society invites applications for the 2016-2017 Law & Biosciences Post-doctoral Fellowship Program. This fellowship is intended for individuals with a doctoral degree (JD, PhD, MD, DPhil) who are interested in an academic or policy career working on issues in science and society, with a particular interest in the legal, ethical, and social implications of the biosciences. Science & Society: The Duke Initiative for Science & Society (“Science & Society”) examines the wide-ranging and integral role of science in social institutions and culture. Science & Society integrates and fosters innovation in related research, education, and engagement at Duke by adopting an interdisciplinary approach to understanding how science and human endeavors intersect with a specific focus on ethical, legal, and social implications for science. For more info:

The Fellowship:

The Law & Biosciences Fellowship is a residential fellowship that provides an opportunity to become involved in the activities of Science & Society and Duke University, while pursuing independent scholarship at the intersection of science and society. Candidates are offered a one-year position, with a possibility for renewal for a second year in limited circumstances. Fellows dedicate approximately one third of their time to supporting the activities of Science & Society, one third of their time collaborating on research with the Director of Science & Society, and one third of their time on self-directed research. Fellows are provided with office space, a competitive stipend, and benefits. Applicants should have a JD or other doctoral level degree (MD, PhD) in a relevant area. A law degree is an advantage but is not a requirement.

Fellowship Responsibilities:

Scholarship at the intersection of biosciences and law:
 Complete at least one mentored research project which culminates in a manuscript of publishable quality
 Participate in bioethics conferences, workshops, and seminars as appropriate

Support Research of the Director of Science & Society:
 Provide research support on research projects, presentations, and grant proposals under the supervision of the Director of Science & Society
 Draft manuscripts and engage in empirical and qualitative research activities in support of the research projects of the Director of Science & Society
 Complete at least one jointly-authored research project which culminates in a manuscript of publishable quality

Support Science & Society activities:
 Organize and implement for the master’s program the colloquium series “Contemporary Issues in Bioethics & Science Policy,” which involves coordinating a series of speakers for the course
 Help plan and implement Science & Society workshops and events, including the Distinguished Lecture Series and the Film Series
 Opportunities for teaching may be available, depending on qualifications of candidate
 Complete other tasks as requested

The Application Process:
Applicants should submit a CV, contact information for three references, a writing sample, and a research proposal (in 2000 words or less) to Colleen Higgins ( The subject line of the email application should read “Application 2016 Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program” and must be received no later than 5 p.m. on December 1, 2015. Fellows will be chosen based on demonstrated academic merit, on likelihood of future success in academia or science policy, and on strength of their research proposals. Finalists will be notified by January 15, 2016.

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