The Princeton University Center for Human Values invites applications for the Harold T. Shapiro Postdoctoral Fellowship in Bioethics for a position starting in September 2023. The Shapiro Fellowship supports outstanding scholars studying ethical issues rising from developments in medicine, the biological sciences, or population health. We particularly encourage proposals focusing on problems of practical importance that have broader theoretical interest.
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 Center faculty.
Applications welcome from candidates who have or expect to have a Ph.D., M.D., or other equivalent doctoral degree by the start, normally beginning September 1, 2023. 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 considered.
Term of Appointment
The term of the fellowship is one year, normally beginning September 1, 2023, 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 benefits.
How to Apply
Candidates must submit an online application at
A complete application will include the following supporting materials:
1. A curriculum vitae;
2. A research proposal (not to exceed 1,500 words). Please provide an indicative title in the heading;
3. A scholarly paper (of no more than 12,000 words, not including bibliography) representing the applicant’s scholarly achievement or potential;
4. 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 14, 2022, 11:59 p.m. EST. We do not accept application materials by any other method. Letters of reference should be submitted by Monday, November 21, 2022. The selection committee will begin reviewing applications immediately so letters of reference received after the priority deadline may put candidates at a disadvantage.
Decisions will be announced in late March 2023. This position is subject to the University’s background check policy.
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.