The Department of Bioethics (DBE), Clinical Center (CC), National Institutes of Health (NIH) invites candidates with strong research credentials to apply for the position of Tenure Track investigator in the Department of Bioethics (DBE) at the NIH Clinical Center (CC), Bethesda, MD. The candidate is expected to conduct original bioethics research and establish an independent research program with a focus on ethics and health disparities to add a new significant and timely dimension to the Department’s research
portfolio that currently focuses on the Ethics of Research, Ethics of Genetics and Emerging Technologies, Clinical Ethics, and Ethics and Health Policy. Disparities in health and access to health are widespread, have serious consequences to individuals and public health, and often result from social and structural inequities.
The incumbent will become part of an interdisciplinary group of bioethics scholars (including
clinical, legal, philosophical, social science, and scientific scholars) committed to interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaboration – across NIH Institutes and Centers and beyond. The incumbent will have the opportunity to formally collaborate with the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities.
The incumbent will contribute to the development, implementation, and evaluation of high
quality educational and training programs for bioethics fellows and students as well as for the
NIH community of investigators, research staff, clinicians, and administrative and program staff,
and be an active participant in the Bioethics Consultation Service. The incumbent will serve as
an advisor to the Chief, Department of Bioethics, the NIH Clinical Center Director, NIH Institute
and Center leadership, and others on bioethical issues through consultation, participation in
institutional review boards, and participation on the NIH committees and task forces.
About the CC’s Department of Bioethics
The NIH is the nation's foremost federally funded biomedical research institution. The NIH
Clinical Center is the 200-bed hospital in which NIH intramural research protocols are conducted. The Department of Bioethics’ research mission is to contribute to the understanding of ethical issues in research, clinical care, cutting-edge science, and healthcare policy that emerge at the NIH and around the world. Further information about DBE may be found at https://www.bioethics.nih.gov/home/index.shtml
The Department of Bioethics is located on the main intramural campus of the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland.
Candidates must possess a Ph.D., M.D., D.D.S., D.M.D., D.V.M. or equivalent degree in a biomedical, behavioral, or related science. The applicant should have a record of successful scholarship in ethics and health disparities due to social and structural determinants of health such as race, ethnicity, gender, disability, or other factors, and have ideas for embedding and expanding this research portfolio in the NIH intramural program. The position will be supported with independent resources commensurate with experience and programmatic needs.
Salary is competitive and commensurate with research experience and accomplishments, and a full Civil Service package of benefits (including health insurance, life insurance, retirement, and a Thrift Savings Plan) is available. This position is not restricted to U.S. citizens. This position is subject to a background investigation.
Please include in your CV a description of mentoring and outreach activities in which you have been involved, especially those involving women and persons from racial/ethnic or other groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research and a list of publications, copies of three major publications, and a plan for future research to CC_Recruits@cc.nih.gov.
Review of applications will begin on or about September 30, 2021, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
The Department of Health and Human Services and the NIH are equal opportunity employers. The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs.
About National Institutes of Health, Clinical Center
At the NIH Clinical Center, clinical research participants—more than 500,000 since the hospital opened in 1953—are active partners in medical discovery, a partnership that has resulted in a long list of medical milestones, including development of chemotherapy for cancer; the first use of an immunotoxin to treat a malignancy (hairy cell leukemia); identification of the genes that cause kidney cancer, leading to the development of six new, targeted treatments for advanced kidney cancer; the demonstration that lithium helps depression; the first gene therapy; the first treatment of AIDS (with AZT); and the development of tests to detect AIDS/HIV and hepatitis viruses in blood, which led to a safer blood supply. Patients come from all 50 states and from around the world.
Currently, there are about 1,600 clinical research studies in progress at the NIH Clinical Center. About half are studies of the natural history of disease, especially rare diseases, which often are not studied anywhere else. What researchers learn by studying rare diseases often adds to the basic understanding of common diseases. Most other studies are clinical trials, which often are the first tests of new drugs ...and therapies in people. The clinical trials at the NIH Clinical Center are predominantly Phase I and Phase II, often first-in-human to test safety and efficacy.