Research Associate (Academic)
McMaster University
Hamilton, ON
The Institute on Ethics & Policy for Innovation (IEPI) is focused on identifying and addressing ethical challenges, ethics-related risk, and policy gaps encountered along the innovation lifecycle for health technologies and interventions in global health and development.

We are a multidisciplinary team of scholars with expertise in philosophy, the social sciences, biomedical science, public health, and health policy, based at McMaster University, Canada. We undertake applied ethics research and bring over a decade of experience working with funders, governments, industry, academia, and other stakeholders to address complex moral problems in global health research.

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The Research Associate (Academic) will deliver a program of research that broadly examines ethical issues in global health. The Research Associate (Academic) will be responsible for i) leading and/or contributing to the ethics consultation service and related projects, and ii) developing and maintaining a research program that supports one of IEPI’s research portfolios.

In addition to core ethics consultation and research activities, the Research Associate (Academic) will be an enthusiastic and active participant in the life of the Institute, contributing to its pedagogical mission and business development activities through participation in planning and outreach exercises, committees, and stakeholder and student engagement.

This position is intended for candidates with a PhD in Philosophy, specializing in bioethics. Candidates with a PhD in other disciplines (e.g. social science, global health, public health) and with relevant experience in applied ethics research will also be considered.

This position is funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

We invite scholars who are passionate about global health and interested in tackling some of the most interesting challenges in this field to join our multidisciplinary team. We are looking for Research Associates who are keen on identifying and developing solutions to ethical challenges related to one or more of the following research areas:

Data Ethics and Governance
Translational Science (Clinical Trials)
Infections Disease Management
Women and Girls in Global Health Research

I. Delivery of Ethics Consultation Service and Projects

Lead, and/or contribute to activities in the delivery of the ethics consultation service and related projects. The Research Associate (Academic) will intake, design, develop, and execute projects; conduct in-depth research and critical analyses, and prepare high quality reports, briefing notes, and papers in response to issues that arise on the service.
Lead and/or oversee literature searches, landscape reviews, and qualitative research and analyses
Advise Director, colleagues, and other stakeholders in global health
Prepare abstracts and manuscripts for publication and presentation as first author
Manage knowledge translation activities, including the development of materials and content for engagement with the public: presentations/lectures, website and social media
Direct the work of other staff, graduate students, and post-docs in the execution of project goals, and contribute to training, development, and evaluation of activities
Travel internationally to meet with partners, sponsor, and other stakeholders in support of ethics consultation activities and projects
II. Develop and Maintain a Program of Research

Develop and execute an annual strategy in support of the relevant research stream - Ethics of Clinical Trials
Develop and maintain an active program of research: initiate, design, and lead projects within the stream
Lead and/or oversee literature review and analysis, and qualitative research
Prepare abstracts and manuscripts for publication or presentation as first author
Prepare reports, briefing notes, white papers, landscape reviews and presentations
Direct the work of staff, graduate students, postdocs in the execution of research program
Manage knowledge dissemination and translation activities, including outreach and engagement with the public
III. Support Institute Functions and Activities

Participate in strategic and planning exercises to ensure activities align with IEPI’s Strategic Plan
Conduct monitoring and evaluation of research activities, and prepare progress reports
Participate in business development activities, as required
Engage with stakeholders and develop strategic alliances
Represent IEPI at conferences, scientific meetings, committees, and other stakeholder functions.

Must be available to travel internationally (minimum 2-4 times annually)
Must be flexible to occasionally work on different schedules to adjust for off-hour requirements (IEPI works directly with various international organizations/individuals who operate in different time-zones)
Must be flexible to work beyond the job description at times, as work demands
Must maintain high standard of professionalism
Familiarity with appropriate cultural protocols when interacting with international stakeholders
Experience working in one or more of the following will be an asset: in a global health or global development context; in a policy environment; in a consulting or other client-service environment
Ability to work in a dynamic environment and to prioritize effectively
Ability to work well independently while also being an excellent team player and an information resource to colleagues
Ability to lead project teams and communicate well with team members
Proven record of success: publication in peer-reviewed journals, presentation at national or international proceedings
Postgraduate work experience in ethics research and/or ethics consultation preferred
Candidates with PhDs in other relevant disciplines and with experience in applied ethics research will also be considered
PhD in Philosophy, specializing in bioethics

Please apply via McMaster University’s online system (Mosaic).

Please include the following as a single file in the application:

Cover letter, including a detailed statement of research interests in one of IEPIs Research Areas
1 writing sample (peer reviewed publication preferred)
Name, title, institution, and contact information for 3 professional references

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