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Invites applications for two-year funded postdoctoral fellowships to begin in September 2017

Application review will begin December 15, 2016

The Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics is pleased to invite applications for the Hecht‐Levi Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Bioethics. This two year post‐doctoral fellowship seeks new fellows to begin September 2016. The main goal of the Fellowship is to launch the careers of the next generation of bioethics scholars, so there is considerable protected time for research and publication.

The Hecht‐Levi Fellowship Program provides two‐year postdoctoral positions that include:

  • Weekly seminars, presentations and discussions with leading academic and policy makers;
  • Individualized research program;
  • Bioethics coursework through the Berman Institutes Master in Bioethics program;
  • Post‐doctoral mentoring in bioethics;
  • Professional development training;
  • Participation in the Berman Institutes outreach efforts via social media;
  • Teaching opportunities (commensurate with experience and background);
  • $55,000 per year, plus health and other benefits
  • A modest discretionary fund for travel to relevant conferences

Please send a cover letter, CV, three letters of reference, copy of graduate transcript, a writing sample,and a personal statement to:

Gail Geller, ScD, MHS
Hecht‐Levi Fellowship Program in Bioethics
Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
1809 Ashland Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21205‐1996
Phone: (410)614‐5590 Fax: (410)614‐5360

Additional inquiries may be directed to Prof. Geller at ggeller@jhu.edu. Review of applications will begin December 15th, 2016. The Johns Hopkins University is an Affirmative Action/Equal OpportunityEmployer.


Hecht-Levi Fellows

Class of 2016

  • Sylvana Barone, MD
  • Angie Boyce, PhD
  • Shauna Downs, PhD
  • Elizabeth Fox, PhD
  • Katherine Heinze, BSN, RN, CPHON (PhD Candidate)
  • Heidi Holtz, MSN, RN (PhD Candidate)
  • David Pena-Guzman, PhD

Class of 2015

Class of 2014

Class of 2013


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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Food and Environmental Ethics
The Johns Hopkins Global Food Ethics and Policy Program

Invites applications for a two-year funded post-doctoral fellowship
to begin September 1st, 2017

Applications due January 15, 2017

The Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics is pleased to announce a specialized postdoctoral fellowship in food and environmental ethics. This two-year post-doctoral fellowship seeks a scholar from September 1, 2017 to June 30, 2019. The main goal of the fellowship is to launch the career of a bioethics scholar with a research focus on ethical issues in the global food system (including nutrition and agriculture) and the resulting implications in developed and developing countries. The fellow will be a member of the Global Food Ethics and Policy Program, a collaboration of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and the Johns Hopkins Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.

The fellow will be expected to dedicate 50% of her/his efforts to the “Ethics, Politics, Knowledge and Our Planet’s Food Futures” project (in short, “The Ethics of Food Futures Studies” project) under the supervision of Dr. Yashar Saghai, the project Principal Investigator, who will serve as the fellow’s mentor, and 30% to other projects developed by or in connection with the Global Food Ethics and Policy Program. In addition, the fellow will be part of the Berman Institute’s Hecht-Levi Fellowship Program and will dedicate 20% of her/his time to relevant coursework and seminars.

The overarching goal of The Ethics of Food Futures Studies project is to systematically examine ethical, political, and epistemic issues in global food “foresight” (or “futures”) studies. Foresight studies apply scientific rigor, artful skill, and practical imagination to explore a variety of futures of food systems that are relevant to present-day policies in the public and private sectors. These studies also inform the agenda of farmers’ organizations, NGOs, and agrifood social activists. However, extreme discrepancies between the results of these studies, their ethical, political, and epistemic assumptions, and the sheer heterogeneity of methods used to explore the futures of food, undermine meaningful comparisons between studies. These issues compromise responsible and informed collective choices vital for humanity, the wellbeing of nonhuman animals, and our impact on ecosystems and Earth systems. Building on foresight practitioners’ rich tradition of reflection on their own work and its ethical, political, and epistemic assumptions, our international interdisciplinary team will initiate the first in-depth investigation of these questions in the context of global food foresight studies.  For more information on the project, please see an extended project description in PDF format on our Webpage: http://www.bioethicsinstitute.org/globalfoodethics/ethics-politics-knowledge-and-our-planets-food-futures.

Candidates must have a demonstrated capacity to make a substantive contribution to The Ethics of Food Futures Studies project. Contribution encompasses collaborative and interdisciplinary research with an international team on several project objectives; leading a project objective entitled, “Identifying and Evaluating the Role of Worst-Case Scenarios in Global Food Foresight Studies;” co-drafting the final Report; and participating in public engagement and dissemination efforts.

Requirements:

  • PhD (or equivalent) in Philosophy, Ethics, or Bioethics
  • Academic exposure or experience in  one or more of the following areas of food systems: agriculture, environment, food, or nutrition
  • Areas of specialization should include one of the following: practical ethics; food and agricultural ethics; environment ethics; climate justice; philosophy of science; science and technology studies; philosophy of foresight/futures studies

In addition to research within the Global Food Ethics and Policy Program, the fellowship entails:

  • Weekly seminars, presentations and discussions with leading academic and policy-makers
  • Bioethics coursework through the Berman Institute’s Master in Bioethics Program
  • Hecht-Levi Program mentoring by a senior faculty member in philosophy
  • Professional development training
  • Participation in the Berman Institute’s outreach efforts via social media
  • Teaching opportunities (commensurate with experience and background)
  • $55,000 per year, plus health and other benefits
  • Funds for travel to relevant conferences

Please send a cover letter, CV, three letters of reference, transcript or equivalent certification of degree as well as list of courses taken (with grades if available), a writing sample, and a personal statement demonstrating a strong fit for the position to:

Erin Law
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Food, Nutrition, Agricultural, and Environmental Ethics
Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
1809 Ashland Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21205-1996
Phone: 410-614-5240

Additional inquiries may be directed to Erin Law at elaw1@jhu.edu. Applications are due January 15, 2017. The Johns Hopkins University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.


Postdoctoral Fellowship in the History and Ethics of Genomics and Infectious Disease​

The Johns Hopkins University Berman Institute of Bioethics and Institute of the History of Medicine invite applications for a joint two-year postdoctoral fellow position starting in September 2017. The fellow will be part of and is funded by the JHU Center for Bridging Infectious Disease, Genomics, and Society (BRIDGES), a National Institutes of Health Center for Excellence in Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) Research. In addition, the fellow will be part of the Hecht-Levi Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program in Bioethics, whose main goal is to launch the careers of the next generation of bioethics scholars, in this case, one with disciplinary expertise in history.

Under the mentorship of history of medicine faculty Nathaniel Comfort and Graham Mooney, and working with other BRIDGES collaborators, the fellow will help build a historical perspective into the anticipation and examination of current and future ELSI issues at the intersection of infectious disease and genomics.

We invite applicants working on or interested in pursuing a variety of historical topics where infectious disease and genomics intersect, but are particularly interested in one or more of the following areas:

  • Hereditary resistance or susceptibility to infectious disease
  • Immunity, risk and surveillance
  • Infectious agents with genetic effects, such as viruses or prions
  • Precision medicine/precision public health
  • Metaphor and the evolution of scientific terminology related to infectious disease and genomics
  • Domestic and international laws and policies

The fellow will have the opportunity to pursue independent and collaborative work. In addition to pursuing an individual project, the fellow will be expected to help co-author articles for historical and bioethical audiences, conduct systematic reviews of relevant literatures, identify and research relevant archives, and gather oral histories with key stakeholders. The fellow will also help to organize a workshop on the history, policy, and ethics of genomics and infectious disease.

The ideal candidate will have deep knowledge of infectious disease and/or genomics, experience with archival research and oral history interviewing, strong interest in bioethics, and openness to working in an interdisciplinary and collaborative environment.

Benefits of the Hecht-Levi Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program in Bioethics include:

  • Weekly seminars, presentations and discussions with leading academic and policy makers;
  • Individualized research program;
  • Bioethics coursework through the Berman Institute’s Master of Bioethics program;
  • Post‐doctoral mentoring in bioethics;
  • Professional development training;
  • Participation in the Berman Institutes outreach efforts via social media;
  • Teaching opportunities (commensurate with experience and background);
  • A modest discretionary fund for travel to relevant conferences
  • $55,000 per year, plus health and other benefits

Please email a cover letter, CV, three letters of reference, copy of graduate transcript, a writing sample, and a personal statement proposing plans for research and demonstrating fit for the position to:

Angie Boyce (aboyce@jhu.edu).
Use subject line “BRIDGES Hecht-Levi application.”

Inquiries may be directed to Profs. Comfort (nccomfort@gmail.com) and Mooney (gmooney3@jhmi.edu).

Application review will begin on January 16, 2017. The Johns Hopkins University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.


GREENWALL FELLOWSHIP (no longer available)

General Background

The Greenwall Fellowship Program in Bioethics and Health Policy provided an unparalleled opportunity for fellowship and faculty development training in bioethics and health policy. It was a collaborative effort of The Johns Hopkins University (JHU) and Georgetown University (GU). Together, JHU and GU constitute one of the largest and most diverse faculty in bioethics anywhere. At JHU, Greenwall Fellows worked with faculty of the Berman Institute, the Philosophy Department, the School of Medicine, and the Bloomberg School of Public Health. At Georgetown, Fellows worked with faculty of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, the Philosophy Department, and the Law Center.

The Greenwall Fellowship program and its faculty covered much of the waterfront of issues and methodologies in bioethics, from ethics and advances in biomedical science, to ethics and public health and health policy, to ethics and clinical care. The defining focus of the Program, however, was bioethics and public policy. Although we provided fellows who wish an exposure to clinical medical ethics with clinically oriented opportunities, our primary emphasis was the intersection of scholarship in bioethics with the formation and evaluation of public policy.

Our fellows have an impressive publication record. As a result of research done while a fellow, Greenwall Fellows have published in such journals as the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, Health Affairs, Philosophy and Public Affairs, Ethics, Philosophical Studies, Health Economics, Journal of Social Philosophy, Journal of Clinical Ethics, Journal of Medical Ethics, Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, Jurimetrics, Health Care Analysis, American Journal of Bioethics, Fertility and Sterility, Hastings Center Report, Journal of General Internal Medicine, Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law and Ethics, Indiana Health Law Review, University of North Carolina Law Review, American Journal of Law and Medicine, and Milbank Quarterly. Fellows have also contributed essays to books published by such presses as Cornell, University of Michigan, and Oxford University. One fellow completed a book forthcoming from Routledge. We have 10 years experience training Greenwall Fellows and our alumni are among the next generation of leaders in bioethics at Universities throughout the United States, and beyond, such asthe University of California – San Francisco, Duke, Ohio State University, George Washington University, University of South Carolina, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, University of Edinburgh, Johns Hopkins University, University of Minnesota, Moravian College and the University of Delaware.

Greenwall Fellows

Class of 2012
Brooke Cunningham, MD, PhD
Matthew DeCamp, MD, PhD
Kathy King, PhD
Nicole Martinez, JD

Class of 2011
Anne Barnhill, PhD, MA
Laura Biron, PhD
David Tester, PhD

Class of 2010
Eran Klein, MD, PhD
Natalie Ram, JD
Alan Rubel, JD, PhD

Class of 2009
Dan OConnor, PhD
Michelle N. Meyer, JD, PhD
Sirine Shebaya, PhD
Andrea Sutherland, MD, MPH, MSc

Class of 2008
Leslie Meltzer Henry, JD, PhD(c), MSc
Yoram Unguru, MD, MS, MA, FAAP
Sara Olack, PhD

Class of 2007
Michelle H. Lewis, MD, JD
Elisa A. Hurley, PhD
Eileen H. Kim, MD, MA
Dan Moller, PhD

Class of 2006
Ruth M. Farrell MD, MA
S. Matthew Liao, PhD
Jonathan H. Marks, MA, BCL

Class of 2005
Gwynne L. Jenkins, PhD
Rebecca Kukla, PhD
Dan Larrivierre, MD, JD

Class of 2004
Mark Greene, PhD, BVSc
Debra Mathews, PhD
Naomi Seiler, JD
Jon Tilburt, MD

Class of 2003
David Bekelman, MD
Jacqueline Fox, JD, MA
Carol Moeller, PhD

Class of 2002
Mary Catherine Beach, MD, MPH
Gail Javitt, JD, MPH
James Taggart, JD, PhD

Class of 2001
Anne Drapkin Lyerly, MD, MA
Marc Spindelman, JD
Rebecca Walker, PhD

Class of 2000
Debra DeBruin, PhD
Ileana Dominguez-Urban, JD
Carol Vannier, MD

Class of 1999
Melissa M. Goldstein, JD
James Hodge, JD, ML
John Song, MD, MPH
Sonia Suter, JD, MA

Class of 1998
Ellen Agard, PhD, MPH
Lauren Randel, MD
Andrew Siegel, JD, PhD
Leslie Wolf, JD, MPH

Class of 1997
David McCarthy , PhD

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