The University of Minnesota’s Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences (consortium.umn.edu) is seeking a highly qualified individual to collaborate on research, publication, and educational activities on the legal, ethical, and societal implications of biomedicine and the life sciences. Current funded projects focus on genomics, precision medicine, and emerging technologies. The Consortium is a top national program founded in 2000, serving as a hub for an exceptional community of researchers and scholars. Consortium members are 20 leading centers at the University of Minnesota, including the Center for Bioethics, Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy, Masonic Cancer Center, Clinical & Translational Science Institute, and University of Minnesota Genomics Center (https://consortium.umn.edu/member-centers-affiliated-faculty).
The person in this non-laboratory based position will work with the Consortium Chair and other key faculty across the University as well as national colleagues to implement research projects; will collaborate on research and scholarship; and will participate in Consortium events, including a lecture series and national conferences. The Associate Director of Research will conduct research on ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI) of biomedicine and the life sciences; work on existing grants involving genomics and emerging technologies; collaborate on new grant proposals; and publish significant scholarship.
Current projects include an NIH-funded 3-year project on “LawSeqSM: Building a Sound Legal Foundation for Translating Genomics into Clinical Application.” This project is convening a national Working Group of top legal and scientific experts to analyze current U.S. federal and state law, regulations, and official guidance on translational genomics. The Associate Director of Research will be involved in all aspects of this project, including the development of consensus recommendations on what the law undergirding translational genomics should be.
The Associate Director of Research will also participate in a campus-wide initiative to develop precision medicine capability at the University of Minnesota using genomics, informatics, bioengineering, analysis of environmental exposures, and behavioral sciences to tailor health care to the challenges facing individuals and underserved communities.
The Associate Director of Research is expected to participate actively in the intellectual life of the Consortium, present research at workshops and scholarly conferences, and publish related research in academic journals. Duties will include supervision of part-time student research assistants as well as collaboration with Consortium staff. Opportunities may be available to teach as an Adjunct faculty member in Law, Medicine or another discipline, depending on area of expertise and curricular needs. This is a full-time, annually renewable position. A competitive salary will be provided for qualified candidates.
Applicants must have completed a J.D., Ph.D. or other relevant degree; present an outstanding record of research and publication; demonstrate clear potential for continued scholarly excellence and accomplishment; show outstanding written and verbal communication skills; bring a high level of organizational and computer skills; and show a demonstrated capacity to work well in a collaborative environment to accomplish scholarly and interdisciplinary goals. Further desired qualifications include a background in genetics/genomics or other emerging biomedical technologies, a background in bioethics, and a strong track record in working on grant proposals and grant-funded projects.
Additional Salary Information: A competitive salary will be provided for qualified candidates.
The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive part...nerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.