Postdoctoral Associate: Neuroethics and Psychedelics

Posted January 25th 2024

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, TX

The Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine is seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Associate for a two-year non-laboratory research position. The selected candidate will support the Director of the Center, Dr. Amy McGuire, on funded research related to neuroethics (e.g., data sharing and brain privacy, predictive testing for Alzheimer’s disease) and psychedelics (e.g., healthcare gatekeeping and the clinical integration of psychedelic medicine).

This position is expected to begin in 2024. Applicants finishing terminal degrees in Spring 2024 are encouraged to apply. This position is located in Houston, TX.

In addition to supporting the Center’s robust research program, the Postdoctoral Associate will receive mentoring to assist with publishing manuscripts and presenting research at academic conferences. Qualified candidates may receive additional mentorship to submit their own external training grant application. They will also have the opportunity to participate in professional and academic development sessions hosted by the Center and gain exposure to one of the preeminent bioethics centers in the country.

The Center cultivates a culture of intentionality, respect, inclusivity, and collaboration. We offer intellectual, social, and professional development opportunities to promote a meaningful work experience. We are reflective and mindful of issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion in both interactions with one another.

For more information about Baylor College of Medicine and the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, visit our website at

Primary duties and responsibilities:
• Conduct quantitative, qualitative, and normative research on topics related to neuroethics and psychedelics.
• Lead and assist with publishing research findings as manuscripts in relevant academic journals.
• Present papers/project findings at local, national and international meetings.
• Organize, lead, and attend project meetings.
• Participate in grant preparation and writing.
• Perform other job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
• Doctoral degree in a related field
• No experience required.
Preferred Qualifications
• MD, JD or Ph.D. in bioethics, public health, humanities, social science, or a related field.
• Strong analytical and written communication skills, including proficiency in presentation and educational content development.
• Strong interest in neuroethics, psychedelics, bioethics, health policy.
• Track record of publications in bioethics/health policy journals preferred.
• Ability to display a professional, positive attitude with strong interpersonal skills and communication skills required and must be able to work independently and collaboratively to meet deadlines.
• Team oriented, collaborative mindset with an interest in creating value in any situation with insightful questions and suggestions.
• Detail-oriented, self-motivated, efficient, and strong organizational skills.
• Demonstrate a high degree of flexibility in accepting work assignments with the ability to effectively prioritize tasks, understand processes, and resolve issues.
How to Apply
Those interested in this position should submit a CV and cover letter outlining interest in the role. Please apply at:
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Salary Range: Up to $65,000

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