Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Division of Ethics
New York City, New York
62,000-68000 USD
Posted Date
Jan 29, 2023

Job Details

The Division of Ethics in the Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics at Columbia University is pleased to invite applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow whose research focuses on health equity and the ethical and social dimensions of emerging technologies (e.g.,artificial intelligence, machine learning, genomics, precision medicine, neurotechnologies). We are particularly interested in scholars engaging in innovative and interdisciplinary research at the intersections of team science, 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 with Ethics Division Chief Sandra Soo-Jin Lee on projects focused on team science and health equity, including a multi-institutional study “Leadership in the Equitable and Ethical Design (LEED) of Science and Engineering,” funded by a National Science Foundation Ethical & Responsible Research Program award. In these projects, the fellow will be responsible for conducting interviews for case studies, leading data analysis and writing manuscripts. 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 research methods.

The fellow will have opportunities to participate in the Division’s programming and teaching, and to collaborate with researchers in the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research and more broadly at Columbia University. This twelve-month appointment includes salary, health benefits and office space, and is eligible for renewal for a second year. Salary is commensurate with experience; the range is $62,000 to $68,000 per year. The start date for this position is flexible but must begin before July 1, 2023. Please note that both U.S. citizens and other nationals are eligible to apply.

We will continue to review applications for this position on an on-going basis. 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 scholarly work.

Applications and questions should be sent to:

     Rachel Yarmolinsky, Senior Director, Division of Ethics



The Division of Ethics, founded in 2018, is a multidisciplinary unit that focuses on conceptual, empirical, and policy-related bioethics research that addresses emerging challenges in biomedical research and health care. Topic areas include gene sequencing and genetic testing, machine learning and medical decision-making, big data and the learning health system, and access to and equity of care. The Division is committed to supporting training in bioethics research and providing mentoring and educational programming for students and faculty interested in ethics from both research and clinical perspectives.

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