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PhD-level researcher/ethnographer for two NIH-funded studies in Bioethics, UCSF

Deadline: November 02 2017

Updated: October 12 2017

We are seeking a full-time researcher to work on two NIH-funded studies at the University of California, San Francisco, Program in Bioethics.

The successful applicant will join a team of researchers studying genomics, bioethics, and neuroethics. The applicant will contribute to two separate ethnographic research projects. One project is a study of the ethical and social implications of prenatal and pediatric genome sequencing in underserved and ancestrally diverse populations. The other is a study of neuroethics issues related to adaptive deep brain stimulation for treatment-resistant neuropsychiatric and movement disorders. Responsibilities include conducting ethnographic observation and interviews; managing data and overseeing compliance with research regulations (such as human subjects protection); and participating fully in data analysis, report writing, and preparation of research publications.

Qualifications include Ph.D. or equivalent in bioethics or a social science discipline with training in ethnography (e.g. anthropology, sociology, etc.) Applicants with a masters degree and relevant experience will be considered. Experience with social science research methodologies, such as in-depth interviewing and ethnographic observation, is critical. Ability to work in Spanish strongly desired. Familiarity with basic concepts in molecular genetics/genomics and/or neuroethics is also desired.

Position Start Date: January, 2018 or as negotiated with the successful applicant.
This position is based in San Francisco, CA.

The University of California San Francisco is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

To apply:
1. Send the following materials as a single PDF file to Joanna Lamstein (
a letter summarizing your research experience and interest in the position, your curriculum vitae, a brief academic writing sample, and the names and contact information only for three potential referees (do not solicit reference letters unless requested).
2. Submit an application via the UCSF online system at (Job #JPF01640)

Direct inquiries about the position to Dr. Sara Ackerman (, 415-502-1760).

Drs. Koenig and Ackerman will be attending several fall meetings, such as ASBH, APHA, and AAA; preliminary interviews will be scheduled then, so please respond as soon as possible if you are interested.