Open Positions

Research Positions


The Division of Ethics in the Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics at Columbia University is pleased to invite applications for a Research Associate to support multi-disciplinary research engaging in innovative and interdisciplinary research at the intersections of genetics, AI, ethics and translational science. The Research Staff Associate will work directly with Ethics Division Chief Sandra Soo-Jin Lee at Columbia University. The Research Staff Associate must have experience with qualitative research methods. Applicants must have a Master’s degree; those who have a Ph.D. in the social sciences, humanities, public health or related field are preferred. In addition, candidates who are underrepresented in academic medicine and whose research interests are centered on the experiences of historically marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities will include literature and document review, conducting interviews, supporting data analysis and stakeholder and community engagement processes, and study-related administrative tasks. Depending on experience, the Research Staff Associate may have opportunities to participate in and/or co-lead manuscript development. Candidates must have outstanding organizational and communication skills, experience conducting qualitative research and data analysis, and a demonstrated interest in bioethics and/or ELSI research. This full-time 2-year renewable position includes salary and health benefits. The start date for this position is negotiable. The salary range is $65,000 to $68,000 per year.

Review of applications will begin immediately. 

  • Cover letter (not to exceed one page) that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Writing Sample (not to exceed 25 pages)
  • Three references. Names and contact information of those who can assess your research experience.

Questions about this position should be sent to:

Caitlin McMahon, PhD

Project Director, Division of Ethics

Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics

Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons

Columbia University