Post Doctoral Associate - Center for Population-Level Bioethics (CPLB) - #19528993

Rutgers University

Date: Feb 23, 2021
City: New Brunswick, NJ
Contract type: Full time
Rutgers University

The Center for Population-Level Bioethics (CPLB) at Rutgers University invites applications for a one-year postdoctoral associate position, with a strong possibility of renewal for a second year. Postdoctoral associates conduct independent research in population-level bioethics, mentored by Nir Eyal, Henry Rutgers Professor of Bioethics and founder and director of CPLB, and other CPLB and Rutgers faculty members. Population-level bioethics is a branch of bioethics that focuses on population health and its distribution.

In addition to carrying out independent research, the postdoctoral associate is expected to:

  • pursue publication in leading peer-reviewed journals;

  • prepare and submit abstracts for presentation at conferences in ethics, bioethics, or related fields.

  • actively participate in the life of CPLB by attending events, engaging our faculty and students in conversation, occasionally contributing to our online presence, potentially giving seminars on past research or works in progress, potentially organizing events, and potentially informally mentoring doctoral students affiliated with CPLB;

  • if it suits the associate’s career and research interests, develop further applications for funding.

The position is based in New Brunswick, NJ. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, work may remain remote at the CPLB Director’s discretion. The selected candidate is expected to start on September 1st, 2021.

Applicants for the position should have completed a terminal degree in Philosophy, Political Theory, Public Health, Health Policy, Economics, Law, Medicine, or another relevant area by the position start date. A record of independent research in population-level bioethics, bioethics, applied ethics and/or moral philosophy is required, as is high-level ability in analytical thinking and writing, as demonstrated by a writing sample.

Applications should be submitted by March 1st, 2021 and include the following documents:

  1. A cover letter

  2. A curriculum vitae

  3. A writing sample of 4,000-10,000 words, published or unpublished, that reflects the applicant’s analytical skills and writing abilities.

  4. A research project proposal of 1,500-3,000 words, which the applicant aims to complete or substantially advance over their year at CPLB. The proposed research can be entirely philosophical/normative or combine empirical and normative approaches; it can be abstract or applied; but it must be in population-level bioethics.

  5. Three letters of recommendation, emailed to Please do not upload letters to the online application system.

Informal inquiries may be directed to Monica Magalhaes, CPLB Program Manager, at

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