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Postdoc Scholar in Ethics and Biotechnology

Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, Ohio
Commensurate with the National Research Service Awards (NRSA) levels
Posted Date
May 16, 2023



The Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) is pleased to invite applications from creative, highly-qualified, and motivated scholars for a postdoctoral position in ethics and biotechnology.


At CWRU, there are many opportunities and efforts underway on our campus and with external partners to ensure that our faculty, staff, and students are contributing to the cutting edge of innovation while maintaining the highest ethical standards and fully exploring the ethical dimensions and human impact of everything that we create. This position is intended to bring someone to the Inamori Center to assist in these efforts and help ensure that our community and our partners, at every level, are engaged in meaningful and productive reflection and discussions of ethical issues and are integrating and embedding ethical considerations into every aspect of their research and development work. The Scholar will:


  • Contribute to local and international research and curricular development initiatives (e.g. one grant-based initiative involves the utilization of artificial blood, which will account for 20-25% of the Scholar’s effort);


    Mentor and collaborate with undergraduate and graduate students;


    Offer lectures and workshops on topics of ethics;


    Develop a training plan and meet regularly with faculty advisor;


    Actively pursue funding for individual scholarship and research pursuits to develop future career; 


    Following consultation with the Inamori Center and the host department, if invited, offer an undergraduate course within the term of the fellowship (Spring 2024 or Summer 2024);


    Become fluent in the mission and offerings of the Inamori Center; and


    Contribute to Inamori Center initiatives by representing the Inamori Center at campus and partner meetings and assisting with other duties as assigned.




  • Competence in ethics, especially applied ethics, grounded in philosophy.


    We are particularly interested in a Scholar whose research explores issues related to current developments in the field of human-technology interaction and emerging biomedical technologies. 


    Candidates must, at the time of appointment, have a Ph.D. in Philosophy or a related field with an AOC or AOS (preferred) in Ethics or a closely related subfield. PhD must not be earned prior to 2018.




Application Instructions


In order to be considered for the position, applicants must submit:


  • A cover letter with contact and biographical information.


    An academic c.v. including detailed information on your scholarly projects, publications, degrees and awards, teaching experience, expert skills, etc.


    A personal statement describing how and why you would like to contribute to the Inamori Center’s efforts and initiatives to ensure the integration of ethical considerations in the development of new and emerging biotechnology. 


    At least two reference letters. 


Position Details


There is a one-year term for this position, although it is subject to renewal for a second year, conditional on the availability of funding and performance during the first year. The Scholar is expected to be in residence and to maintain a full-time schedule and an on-campus presence (hybrid work options are available). 


The position offers a competitive salary; vacation and sick time; and medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. The stipend for the position will be commensurate with the National Research Service Awards (NRSA) levels. We also provide a research allowance of up to $1,000 for approved expenses directly related to your work, such as travel, books, and research assistance.


The term of the position will commence sometime between July 1st and August 1, 2023. A review of applications will begin the week of May 22nd. Candidates should submit their applications no later than June 15, 2023.


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