Postdoctoral Fellowship

Posted July 06th 2023

Columbia University, Division of Ethics

New York City, NY


The Division of Ethics in the Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics at Columbia University is pleased to invite applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow to join a multi-disciplinary study team for the JUSTICE Project (“Just Inclusion and Equity: Negotiating Community-Research Partnerships in Genomics Research”). The study is led by Sandra Soo-Jin Lee (Columbia), Janet Shim (UCSF), and Shawneequa Callier (George Washington University) and is funded by the Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) Research Program in the National Human Genome Research Institute at NIH. We are particularly interested in scholars engaging in innovative and interdisciplinary research at the intersections of genetics, ethics and translational science, and who have experience in empirical research methods. Scholars who are underrepresented in academic medicine and whose research centers the experiences of historically marginalized communities, including black, indigenous and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will work directly with Ethics Division Chief Sandra Soo-Jin Lee at Columbia University. Fellow’s responsibilities include: literature and document review, conducting interviews with genomics research stakeholders, co-leading data analysis, supporting stakeholder engagement processes, drafting manuscripts, and study-related administrative tasks. We welcome applicants who have received their Ph.D. in the social sciences, humanities, public health or related fields, and have a strong foundation in qualitative research methods.

The fellow must have strong organizational and communication skills, experience conducting qualitative research, and a demonstrated interest in bioethics and ELSI research. This 2-year appointment includes salary, health benefits, and office space, and is eligible for renewal. Salary is commensurate with experience; the base range is $65,000 to $68,000 per year. The start date for this position is flexible but is anticipated to begin in the Fall of 2023.

Review of applications will begin immediately. To apply, please submit the following:

– Cover letter (not to exceed one page) that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position.
– Statement of Research (not to exceed three pages) describing your research in health equity, team science and/or bioethics, your approach to diversity and inclusion, and how the fellowship would advance your career goals.
– Curriculum vitae
– Writing Sample (not to exceed 25 pages)
– Three references. Names and contact information of those who can assess your research experience and scholarly work.
Applications and questions should be sent to:

Rachel Yarmolinsky

Senior Director, Division of Ethics

Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics

Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons

Columbia University


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