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Postdoctoral Fellow in Biomedical Ethics / Decision Science

McGill Biomedical Ethics Unit / Studies of Translation, Ethics, and Medicine (STREAM) is inviting applications for a postdoctoral research fellow (PDF) with a background in the decision sciences, psychology, clinical trials, or ethics.

The project will examine how well researchers and others can forecast risks, benefits, and feasibility of clinical trials. 

The PDF will work under the supervision of Jonathan Kimmelman, alongside several co-investigators (David Mandel, Ian Shrier, Alex London, Jamie Brehaut, Dean Fergusson, and Russell Steele). Responsibilities will include collecting elicitations, designing and implementing components of the project, conducting interviews, analysis, and evaluating policy and ethical dimensions. The PDF is encouraged to develop his or her own research within the scope of the project, and to publish both team and independently authored manuscripts.

We anticipate a starting date of Summer 2015, depending on availability.  The successful candidate should have recently been awarded their PhD (within 5 years*) in a relevant area.  Candidates with a background in the decision sciences, psychology, or epidemiology are particularly encouraged to apply. The term of hiring is one year, renewable for up to one additional year.

Review of applications will proceed on a rolling basis and will continue until the position is filled.  Applications should include a cover letter describing research interests, a CV, a writing sample, and the contact information for 3 references.

Applications should be sent electronically to:
Jonathan Kimmelman, PhD
Biomedical Ethics Unit / Social Studies of Medicine
McGill University / 3647 Peel St.  / Montreal, QC H3A 1X1
Jonathan [dot] kimmelman [at] mcgill [dot] ca

For details about STREAM, and the team members on this project, visit

* Please note:  candidates’ eligibility to hold a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship expires 5 years after the date on which their PhD was awarded, regardless of when they are hired.  Be sure to refer to the following link for further information on eligibility criteria:  http://www.mcgill.ca/gps/postdocs/fellows/registration/eligibility


 McGill University is committed to equity in employment and diversity. It welcomes applications from indigenous peoples, visible minorities, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to further diversification