Job: Research Faculty and Head of the Bioethics Consultation Service, NIH

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Job: Research Faculty and Head of the Bioethics Consultation Service, NIH

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) invites scholars with outstanding credentials and experience to apply for the position of Research Faculty and Head of the Bioethics Consultation Service in the Department of Bioethics at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, MD.

The selected candidate will also lead important empirical and/or conceptual research on theoretical and applied issues in bioethics and will oversee and guide the planning, management, and implementation of the Bioethics Consultation Service. They should be an independent scholar with an established (or potential) career as a recognized leader in their respective field, with a strong record of publication.

The Department of Bioethics is a leading center for research, training, and service.  It is a multi-disciplinary, interactive and collegial environment. Members of the Department conduct cutting-edge conceptual, empirical, and policy-related research in bioethics, understood broadly. The Department currently has five major research foci: 1) research ethics; 2) ethics of genetics and emerging technologies, 3) ethics and health policy, 4) global health ethics; and 5) clinical ethics.  The Department also provides comprehensive training to future bioethicists, and educational programs to the NIH community and public.

The Bioethics Consultation Service facilitates discussion and provides analysis regarding ethical questions and concerns that arise in caring for patients or research participants, and in planning and conducting clinical research. In addition to overseeing the service, the selected candidate will rotate as an attending on the Bioethics Consultation Service; orient and train fellows regarding bioethics consultation; serve as vice-chair of the Ethics Committee; participate in weekly clinical rounds; and mentor departmental fellows. 

The NIH Clinical Center is the onsite hospital for the NIH campus, providing full support for clinical research in inpatient and outpatient settings. Patients come from all over the world to participate in clinical research aimed at developing new insights into disease processes, develop new treatments, often first-in-human, and expand understanding of biologic systems.

Candidates must possess strong academic credentials, outstanding research abilities, and have an MD, PhD, or equivalent degree. We are especially interested in clinicians and seasoned bioethics consultants, although we welcome applications from individuals of all backgrounds.

The Department is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion, and expects the selected candidate to contribute to the Department’s efforts in this regard. Salary will be commensurate with scholarly accomplishments and clinical experience. A full package of benefits (including retirement, health, life insurance, Thrift Savings Plan, etc.) is available for this position. The position is located in the Clinical Center in Bethesda, MD.

How to Apply

Applications should be submitted to: Paul Tan, Department of Bioethics, NIH Clinical Center, Bethesda, MD, 20892; paul.tan@nih.gov; 301.496.2429. The application should include: Resume/CV; cover letter which includes a description of experience with bioethics consultation; research statement; and the names and contact information for 3 references. Review of applications will begin March 2024.

HHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers. Selection for this position will be based solely,on merit, without discrimination for non-merit reasons such as race, color, religion, sex, national origin, politics, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental handicap, age or membership, or non-membership in an employee organization. All applicants will be subject to a background investigation.

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