Deadline: December 1, 2016

General Description:

The University Center for Human Values invites applications for the Harold T. Shapiro Postdoctoral Fellowship in Bioethics for a possible opening in September 2017. The Shapiro Fellowship supports outstanding scholars studying ethical issues arising from developments in medicine or the biological sciences. We particularly encourage proposals focusing on problems of practical importance that have broader theoretical interest.

The Shapiro Fellow will spend from one to three years at Princeton conducting research. Candidates will be expected to contribute one course each year to the Center’s undergraduate program in coordination with the Center and by approval of the Dean of the Faculty. The Shapiro Fellow will participate in the Ira W. DeCamp Seminar in Bioethics and will be invited to participate in other activities of the University Center for Human Values including a year-long research seminar for visiting fellows and Center faculty.


Applicants must have completed all the requirements for the Ph.D., M.D., or other equivalent doctoral degree by September 1, 2017, and must not have held the degree for more than three years by September 1, 2017. An applicant may have a background in any area of ethical studies, not necessarily in bioethics. However, the proposed research plan should be related to the field of bioethics.

Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the applicant’s previous accomplishments and the promise of the proposed research project in bioethics. The capacity to contribute to the University’s teaching program will also be taken into account.

Term of Appointment:

The term of the fellowship is one year, beginning September 1, 2017, with the possibility of renewal for up to two additional years pending satisfactory performance. Appointment will be made to the rank of Postdoctoral Research Associate. Princeton University offers competitive salary and employee benefits.

How to Apply:

Candidates must submit an online application at Search for requisition number #1600647. The online system includes instructions on how to apply.

A complete application will include the following supporting materials:

1.   A curriculum vitae;

2.   A research proposal (not to exceed 1,500 words);

3.   A scholarly paper (not to exceed 50 pages) representing the applicant’s scholarly achievement or potential;

4.   Contact information for two referees, who should be prepared to comment specifically about the applicant’s qualifications for the proposed research project. Referees will be contacted directly with instructions for uploading letters of reference. 

These materials should be submitted online by Thursday, December 1, 2016. We do not accept application materials by any other method. Letters of reference are to be submitted by December 5. If a vacancy for this position is confirmed, the selection committee may begin reviewing applications immediately and incomplete applications may be at a disadvantage. We hope to announce decisions by April 3, 2017. 

This position is subject to the University’s background check policy.

Princeton University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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