Deadline: March 18, 2016

Dr. Jessica Hirsch


The Mayo Clinic Biomedical Ethics Program seeks applicants for a one-year postbaccalaureate research experience in empirical bioethics research, as part of the Mayo Clinic Graduate Research Employment Program (GREP). Students will participate in educational activities and conduct bioethics research in a mentored environment.

GREP is designed for individuals who have completed a bachelor’s degree and plan to attend graduate school or medical school. Eligible candidates must have received their bachelor’s degree before the position starts. GREP students are eligible to take graduate-level courses through the Mayo Graduate School. The position is ideal for students interested in a “gap year” between their undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Two post-baccalaureate research fellows will be selected for the 2016-2017 academic year. We anticipate that these research fellows will begin their positions in the summer of 2016. The position may be extended beyond one year at the discretion of the supervisor but will not exceed a total of two years.


To be eligible, students must have completed their bachelor’s degree before the position start date and must be pursuing medical/graduate school admission. Students
must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. All students must pass a background check and post-offer placement assessment prior to their start date.

Students must have completed coursework in bioethics or a closely related discipline such as behavioral psychology, ethics/philosophy, medical anthropology/sociology, pre-med, or public health. The successful applicants will be: committed to pursuing a career in which they will engage topics in biomedical ethics able to work independently proficient in written and verbal communication competent in identifying relevant peer-reviewed publications on specialized research topics highly motivated to learn new research methods

To Apply:
Interested applicants should email the following materials to by March 18, 2016.

  1. Cover letter describing your career goals and how biomedical ethics research relates to those goals
  2. Resume/CV that includes your major, relevant coursework, honors, and related experiences
  3. A 5-10 page writing sample (such as a course paper), preferably on a topic in biomedical ethics
  4. Current college transcript
  5. Two letters of recommendation from research mentors or undergraduate teachers (addressed to Dr. Richard Sharp, Program Director). Letters should be sent directly by the recommender and must be received by the application deadline.

More information, contact Dr. Jessica Hirsch, Biomedical Ethics Education Coordinator at 507-538-4023 or

For all other questions, please contact Dr. Richard R. Sharp, Director of the Biomedical Ethics Research Program at

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