Open Positions

Please note that applications are no longer being accepted for these positions.

PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR

The Division of Ethics in the Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics seeks a full-time staff associate to work with the Division Chief and a multi-disciplinary team to develop the national Center for ELSI Resources and Analysis (CERA), to organize the biennial international ELSI Congress and to support programming for the Division of Ethics.  Place of work will be in the Division of Ethics in the Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics, housed in Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons at Columbia University. 

Applicants should have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and at least four years of prior administration experience. Expertise in public outreach and with social media tools required.  Master’s degree in the social sciences, law, public health or related field is preferred.  Candidates should have outstanding organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills, and self-initiative. 
Duties will include: 

  • Support the planning and implementation of CERA working groups, community engagement activities, including workshops, newsletters, list serves, and webinars.
  • Support the planning and execution of the biennial ELSI Congress
  • Manage newsletters, listservs, twitter accounts and other social media activities for the Division of Ethics, developing content and audiences for divisional initiatives.
  • Support other Division of Ethics programs and initiatives as assigned.

Application Deadline: open until filled
Start Date: To be negotiated with the successful candidate.

Application Materials 
Please submit your CV, letter of interest, a writing sample and contact information for three references to: 

Rachel Yarmolinsky, Program Director, Division of Ethics
Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics, Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons Columbia University 
Email: ry2134@cumc.columbia.edu

BIOETHICS RESEARCH ASSOCIATE 

The Division of Ethics at Columbia University is seeking a Research Associate for a NIH/NCI funded study on the ethical, legal and social implications of disclosing genetic risk information to family members and approaches to cascade genetic testing. The Research Associate will work with Dr. Sandra Soo-Jin Lee and a multi-disciplinary team and will have the opportunity to contribute to data collection and analysis and publications.

Specific responsibilities and qualities include: 

  • Support research using scientific, medical and legal databases using data management tools.
  • Support development of research instruments to investigate stakeholder perspectives and decision-making.
  • Support analyses of study data and development of papers, presentations and grant proposals.
  • Must possess strong critical thinking, writing and complex problem solving skills.
  • Must demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to foster good working relationships on multi-sited study team.
  • Must be highly organized, detail-oriented, and possess excellent time management skills.

Requirements: A Master’s degree in the social sciences (e.g. anthropology, sociology, psychology), bioethics, law, public health or related field is required; J.D or Ph.D is preferred.  Candidates should have experience in qualitative research and demonstrate outstanding writing and verbal communication skills. This is a half-time position with an initial appointment for one year. Candidates working remotely will be considered. With successful performance and grant funding, the position is renewable.  

Application deadline: Open until filled.

Start Date: To be negotiated with the successful candidate.

Application Materials

Please submit your CV, letter of interest, one writing sample, and contact information for three references by email to:

Rachel Yarmolinsky, Program Director, Division of Ethics
Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics, Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons Columbia University 
Email: ry2134@cumc.columbia.edu