The Princeton University Center for Human Values invites
applications for the Harold T. Shapiro Postdoctoral Fellowship in
Bioethics for a position starting in September 2022. The Shapiro
Fellowship supports outstanding scholars studying ethical issues
arising from developments in medicine, the biological sciences, or
population health. We particularly encourage proposals focusing on
problems of practical importance that have broader theoretical
The Shapiro Fellow will spend from one to three years at
Princeton conducting research and teaching the equivalent of one
course each year (subject to sufficient enrollments and approval by
the Dean of the Faculty). They will participate in the Ira W.
DeCamp Seminar in Bioethics and will be invited to participate in
other activities of the University Center for Human Values
including a year-long research seminar for visiting fellows and
Applications welcome from candidates who have or expect to have
a Ph.D. by the start date, normally beginning September 1, 2022.
Applicants should not have more than two years of postdoctoral
experience by the date of appointment. An applicant may have a
background in any area of ethical studies, not necessarily in
bioethics. However, the proposed research plan should be
related to the field of bioethics.
Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the applicant’s
previous accomplishments and the promise of the proposed research
project in bioethics. The capacity to contribute to the
University’s teaching program will also be taken into account.
Term of Appointment
The term of the fellowship is one year, normally beginning
September 1, 2022, with the possibility of renewal for up to two
additional years pending satisfactory performance. Appointment will
be made to the rank of Postdoctoral Research Associate; the Shapiro
Fellow will also carry the title of Lecturer, if teaching.
Princeton University offers competitive salary and employee
How to Apply
Candidates must submit an online application at
A complete application will include the following supporting
- A curriculum vitae;
- A research proposal (not to exceed 1,500 words). Please provide
an indicative title in the heading;
- A scholarly paper (of no more than 12,000 words, not including
bibliography) representing the applicant’s scholarly achievement or
- Contact information for two referees, who should be prepared to
comment specifically about the applicant’s qualifications for the
proposed research project. Referees will be contacted directly with
instructions for uploading letters of reference.
These materials must be submitted online by the application
deadline of Monday, November 15, 2021, 11:59 p.m.
EST. We do not accept application materials by any other
method. Letters of reference should be submitted by Monday,
November 22, 2021. The selection committee will begin
reviewing applications immediately so letters of reference received
after the priority deadline may put candidates at a
Decisions will be announced in late March 2022. This
position is subject to the University’s background check
Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action
Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration
for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex,
sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin,
disability status, protected veteran status, or any other
characteristic protected by law.