McGill Biomedical Ethics Unit / Studies of Translation, Ethics, and Medicine (STREAM) is inviting
applications for a postdoctoral research fellow (PDF) with a background in the social sciences (e.g.
sociology), decision sciences or who has qualitative research skills.* Priority will be given to candidates
with demonstrated knowledge of drug trials and a penchant for interdisciplinary work.
The NIH-funded project will use qualitative or other research methods to better understand how
scientific and ethical review committees make decisions about launching first in human trials of drugs.
This work will be complemented by ethical and conceptual analysis of decision-making surrounding
early phase clinical trials.
The PDF will work under the supervision of Jonathan Kimmelman and in collaboration with a team
based at University of California-Davis. Candidates must relocate to Montreal, Quebec.
The PDF is encouraged to develop their own research within the scope of the project, and to publish
both team and independently authored manuscripts.
Review of applications will proceed on a rolling basis and will continue until the position is filled.**
Applications should include a cover letter describing research interests, a CV, a writing sample, and the
contact information for 3 references. Applicants who do not have a completed Ph.D. at the time of
application must include a letter from their Department Chair specifying the date of their
Applications should be sent electronically to:
Jonathan Kimmelman, PhD
Biomedical Ethics Unit / Dept. of Equity, Ethics and Policy
McGill University / 2001 McGill College / Montreal, QC H3A 1G1
For details about STREAM, and the team members on this project, visit
* Please note: Candidates’ eligibility to hold a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship expires 5 years after the date on which their PhD was awarded, regardless of when they are hired. Be sure to refer to the following link for further information on
eligibility criteria: http://www.mcgill.ca/gps/postdocs/fellows/registration/eligibility.
** Any offer to non-Canadian citizens/non-permanent residents is contingent on the candidate obtaining a work permit after an offer has been made and a letter of invitation sent, see: