The Harold T. Shapiro Postdoctoral Fellowship in Bioethics
Location: Princeton, New Jersey
Academic / Research
College / University
Internal Number: D-22-CHV-00001
The Princeton University Center for Human Values invites applications for the Harold T. Shapiro Postdoctoral Fellowship in Bioethics for a position starting in September 2022. The Shapiro Fellowship supports outstanding scholars studying ethical issues arising from developments in medicine, the biological sciences, or population health. 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 and teaching the equivalent of one course each year (subject to sufficient enrollments and approval by the Dean of the Faculty). They 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.
Applications welcome from candidates who have or expect to have a Ph.D. by the start date, normally beginning September 1, 2022. Applicants should not have more than two years of postdoctoral experience by the date of appointment. 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, normally beginning September 1, 2022, 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; the Shapiro Fellow will also carry the title of Lecturer, if teaching. Princeton University offers competitive salary and employee benefits.
A complete application will include the following supporting materials:
A curriculum vitae;
A research proposal (not to exceed 1,500 words). Please provide an indicative title in the heading;
A scholarly paper (of no more than 12,000 words, not including bibliography) representing the applicant’s scholarly achievement or potential;
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 must be submitted online by the application deadline of Monday, November 15, 2021, 11:59 p.m. EST. We do not accept application materials by any other method. Letters of reference should be submitted by Monday, November 22, 2021. The selection committee will begin reviewing applications immediately so letters of reference received after the priority deadline may put candidates at a disadvantage.
Decisions will be announced in late March 2022. 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 age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Established in 1990 through the generosity of Laurance S. Rockefeller ‘32, the University Center for Human Values fosters ongoing inquiry into important ethical issues in private and public life and supports teaching, research, and discussion of ethics and human values throughout the curriculum and across the disciplines at Princeton University.
Today, the Center is the hub of a lively and exciting community that brings together Princeton faculty members, graduate students, undergraduates, visiting faculty fellows and other visitors. The Center is home to a growing number of faculty members with teaching and research interests in various aspects of human values, most of whom are jointly appointed in their disciplines. It sponsors a series of Freshman Seminars. The undergraduate certificate program in Values and Public Life defines a pathway through the curriculum for students interested in developing a focus on human values. We sponsor an array of activities, from specialized seminars and lectures to large campus events, aimed to stimulate and inform members of the Center and of the greater campus community. And we support research on human values by Princeton faculty members, g...raduate students and undergraduates. Through all of these activities the Center strives to provide the larger community with the space and resources to reflect systematically about fundamental questions of value—how we should understand our moral identities, how we should treat each other, and how we should try to shape our world.