Penn State University, Postdoctoral Bioethics Research Fellowship

Dec 03, 2010 Jan 28, 2011

A postdoctoral position in bioethics with a particular emphasis on ethics and food is available at Penn State starting August, 2011. The position is funded by the Rock Ethics Institute and will support research led by Jonathan Marks, Director of the Bioethics and Medical Humanities Program at Penn State University Park, in collaboration with a variety of colleagues across the university. The position is for one year with a good possibility of re-funding.
The Rock Ethics Institute hosts a series of initiatives in the area of bioethics including food ethics, and we are particularly interested in fostering interdisciplinary policy-relevant work in macro-bioethics. Our research agenda includes attention to ethical issues arising from industry sponsorship of health-related food research, nutrition education and practice, as well as issues of food safety and security. The research on industry sponsorship is being conducted pursuant to a collaborative project with the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University.
The applicant must hold a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline or a relevant professional degree at the time of the appointment. The ideal candidate will have a solid track record of interdisciplinary research. The successful candidate will work with scholars from a variety of disciplines (including law, philosophy, science studies, nutrition, and food science) and will pursue original research in bioethics and food ethics. In particular, she or he will pursue research and assist in the organization of a workshop related to the collaborative project on the ethical implications of industry sponsorship, and she or he may be invited to participate in the editing of a volume of papers presented at or arising from the workshop. She or he may also participate in grant-writing and in the generation or review of scholarly Web-based materials related to both bioethics and food ethics. There may also be opportunities to teach.

The review of applications will begin on January 10, 2011 and continue until the position is filled. The preferred starting date is August 2011. Salary and benefits are competitive. Applications are to be submitted electronically. Please send a cover letter indicating your motivation and experience, a brief (2 page) description of your research interests, your CV, a graduate transcript, and writing samples (ideally one or more peer-reviewed publications). Please arrange to have three confidential letters of recommendation sent to RockEthics or to: Search Committee. Rock Ethics Institute,
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University Park, PA 16802
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