Postdoc opportunity

Liz Harman asked me to post the following announcement:

To those on the job market, and those with students on the job market:

Anyone who does ethics should seriously consider applying for the Harold T. Schapiro Postdoctoral Fellowship in Bioethics at Princeton. The ad says (and we really mean it) "an applicant may have a background in any area of ethical studies, not necessarily in bioethics." The application requires a 1,500-word research proposal, so you do have to have in mind a serious research project in bioethics. But you do not have to already be doing bioethics! Princeton is a wonderful place to spend one to three years! Please feel free to email me if you have specific questions about the postdoc.

Elizabeth Harman

The Harold T. Shapiro Postdoctoral Fellowship in Bioethics
The University Center for Human Values invites applications for the Harold T. Shapiro Postdoctoral Fellowship in Bioethics. The Shapiro Fellowship supports outstanding scholars studying ethical issues arising from developments in medicine or the biological sciences. The search committee particularly encourages proposals focusing on problems of practical importance that have broader theoretical interest.
The Harold T. Shapiro Postdoctoral Fellowship in Bioethics was created in 2002 to provide an opportunity for an outstanding scholar to spend from one to three years at Princeton to further their scholarship and participate in the University’s teaching program.
The postdoc will spend the term of the appointment in residence at Princeton conducting research and teaching the equivalent of one course each year. The postdoc will participate in the Ira W. DeCamp Seminar in Bioethics and will be invited to participate in the other activities of the University Center for Human Values.
Applicants must have completed all the requirements for the Ph.D., M.D., or other equivalent doctoral degree by September 1, 2010. Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the applicant’s previous accomplishments and the promise of their proposed research project in bioethics. Please note that 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. The capacity to contribute to the University’s teaching program will also be taken into account.
Term of Appointment
The term of the fellowship is one year, beginning September 1, 2010, with the possibility of extension for up to two further years. Princeton University offers competitive salary and employee benefits.
How to Apply
Applicants should submit all of the following materials by December 1, 2009, via our online application system at
A curriculum vitae;
A research proposal (not to exceed 1,500 words);
A scholarly paper (not to exceed 50 pages) representing the applicant’s scholarly achievement or potential;
Two confidential letters of recommendation, commenting specifically about the applicant’s qualifications for the proposed research project;
Transcripts covering all graduate-level work (this may be sent via hard copy under separate cover).
The Selection Committee begins reviewing applications immediately and incomplete applications may be at a disadvantage.
Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and complies with applicable EEO and affirmative action regulations. For information about applying to Princeton and voluntarily self-identifying, please link to
For questions or more information, please contact the University Center for Human Values at 609-258-4798 or