Deadline: May 21, 2015

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Job Title:

Director of Bioethics for Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS); Director of the Center for Bioethics within the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research; and the first Henry Rutgers Professor of Bioethics

Reports to:

RBHS consists of eight schools , five centers and institutes, and a behavioral health care network: Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy; Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; New Jersey Medical School; Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; Rutgers School of Dental Medicine; Rutgers School of Nursing; School of Health Related Professions ; School of Public Health; Brain Health Institute; Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine; Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute; Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research; Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey; and University Behavioral Health Care.

This will be an RBHS faculty position with responsibilities for leading bioethics programs university-wide.  Joint/courtesy faculty appointments are likely.


The individual selected for this position must have strong research accomplishments with a record of peer-reviewed extramural funding and an international reputation in bioethics. The position requires an MD, JD, PhD or other relevant doctoral degree, a minimum of 8-10 years of academic experience, and administrative experience sufficient to demonstrate capacity to develop and lead a university-wide bioethics program.

Essential Duties

Include but are not limited to:

  • Lead the bioethics activities underway university-wide, establishing a unique and leading niche for Rutgers as a recognized bioethics leader;
  • Work and coordinate with bioethics leaders in each of the RBHS schools and centers/institutes, particularly with the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, and with schools and centers throughout Rutgers, particularly the Edward J. Blaustein School of Planning and Public Policy, the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology , the School of Arts and Sciences , the School of Engineering, and the School of Social Work, to form a single university-wide bioethics program;
  • Develop a new Center for Bioethics within the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Ag ing Research;
  • Establish collaborative RBHS, university-wide, national, and international partnerships with other faculty engaged in bioethics activities ;
  • Lead a program that encompasses the full breadth of the field of bioethics , ranging from philosophical bioethics to empirical bioethics ;
  • Thoroughly investigate the interest in, need for , and likely success  of a master's degree program in bioethics at Rutgers, then submit a recommendation to the RBHS Chancellor regarding the development of such a program; Raise funds in conjunction with the Rutgers University Foundation in support of the bioethics program ;
  • Create and oversee a web-based university-wide bioethics resource center that will publicize and capitalize on the bioethics work at Rutgers, identify all bioethics-related activities , grants and contracts led by Rutgers faculty, and encourage student participation in bioethics activities; 
  • Serve as a faculty member in an appropriate RBHS school , with the likelihood of joint faculty appointments in other RBHS units; 
  • Regularly conduct research in bioethics and submit grant proposals to national funding  agencies and other sources of extramural support ; foster bioethics research by others , including the submission of grant proposals; 
  • Publish research findings and present research in national and international scientific or scholarly meetings;
  • Mentor students and post-doctoral trainees; and
  • Teach a minimum of one course annually.

Professional   Qualifications :

  • Leadership: Substantial experience in a distinguished academic or comparable  health setting . An established record of effective, strong, and collaborative leadership in bioethics and/or a well-funded research program. The capacity to formulate and articulate a shared vision, to persuade a wide range of audiences of the value of the vision, and to engage others in its implementation. Ability to recruit outstanding new faculty as well as retain the program's strongest faculty .
  • Academic  and Research Qualifications: Significant academic credentials, including a strong track  record of success in research. Evidence of national and international recognition of scholarly accomplishments  in bioethics , and active participation in national and international meetings in bioethics. Success in competing for peer-reviewed extramural funding . Credentials for appointment as a tenured full professor , including a PhD, MD, JD, or other relevant doctoral degree.
  • Financial Management Experience for Clinical and/or Research Programs: A distinguished record of bioethics research program leadership , demonstrating excellence , growth , and financial effectiveness . Demonstrated experience in fiscal management is highly desirable.
  • Commitment to Students: Genuine understanding and appreciation of the teaching mission, and the importance of providing students with the highest quality educational experience . Knowledge of the value of bioethics to health or health-related research and education.
  • Proven Ability to Work across Schools and Programs: A history of working across and integrating with multiple schools and programs to achieve excellence . Demonstrated ability to promote and develop shared governance between faculty and administration .
  • Development: Evidence of skills required to cultivate and solicit individual donors , foundations. and corporations ; and to provide assistance to bioethics faculty in development  initiatives and proposals .
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