Call for Postdoctoral Fellowship Applications: The Harvard Medical School/Brigham and Women’s Hospital Program On Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law (PORTAL)

By Ameet Sarpatwari and Aaron S. Kesselheim

The Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital Department of Medicine and Harvard Medical School invites its 2015 round of applications for postdoctoral fellows in pharmaceutical law and health services research.  Current fellows have studied FDA regulation, patents and drug access and costs, and competition in the therapeutic marketplace.  Other areas of focus include intellectual property, ethics, and comparative effectiveness, as well as the development, approval, and evidence-based use of drugs, devices, vaccines, procedures, and diagnostics.

Applications are invited from researchers with doctoral degrees (J.D., M.D., Ph.D., Pharm.D., or equivalent) or who will complete such training by July 2015.  Fellows will have an appointment at Harvard Medical School, receive close mentorship from faculty members in the Division, and engage in one or more projects intended to start their careers in law and public health research.  Fellowship length will vary depending on the candidate (min: 1 year).

The deadline is February 20, 2015.  To apply, please send to (1) a CV, (2) a writing sample, and (3) a cover letter describing your past work, ideas for the kind of research you’d like to do in the fellowship, and career goals.

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Job Opportunity: Tenure-Track Professor in Health Care Law

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Creighton University School of Law invites applications for a lateral tenured or tenure-track professor in health care law to join our faculty in Fall 2015.  Applicants should have significant academic or practice experience in the business side of health care (e.g., the financing and regulation of health care, including but not limited to the Affordable Care Act).  Creighton University has seven health care schools on its campus, as well as a College of Arts and Sciences and a College of Business, and the Law School is particularly interested in establishing interdisciplinary programs with those schools for non-JD as well as JD students.  Candidates with experience in developing such programs are especially encouraged to apply.  Candidates should have excellent academic credentials and a proven record of (or demonstrated potential for) outstanding classroom teaching and scholarship.

Applicants should apply online to Eric Pearson, Chair of the Faculty Appointment Committee, Creighton University School of Law. Please include:

  • a cover letter explaining the candidate’s interest in the position and the contributions she or he contemplates to our mission and academic enterprise
  • a curriculum vitae
  • if available, course evaluations for prior teaching engagements
  • a representative example of scholarship and/or a research agenda.

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Research Assistant III: Work with Professors Eyal, Hammitt, Freedberg, Kuritzkes, and collaborators on HIV cure studies’ risks, risk perceptions, and ethics

The research assistant will work with the principal investigator Nir Eyal and collaborators from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, Duke University, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital as well as the ACTG HIV trial site network. The multidisciplinary team uses methods of clinical epidemiology, economics, simulation modeling, and normative theory to predict risks in early-phase HIV cure studies, assess how much likely candidates for participation understand those risks, and make ethical recommendations on the conduct of HIV cure studies.

The research assistant will help prepare, conduct and analyze a pilot survey expected to take place in a US site of the AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG). The survey will assess perceptions of HIV cure and of cure study risks. The research assistant will also promote other research and grant-related activities, through literature reviews and assistance in the preparation of abstract, poster, and manuscripts for publication, grant applications, a simple project website (using Harvard’s user-friendly OpenScholar platform), and slides for lectures and seminars. The research assistant will be in touch with top researchers in HIV cure, medical decision making, and ethics from around the country, to facilitate our meetings, a workshop, and regular conversations to plan the research and debate ethical issues around early-phase HIV cure studies.

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Immediate Job Opening: Clinical Ethicist at Boston Children’s Hospital

Clinical Ethicist
Boston Children’s Hospital
Boston, MA

The Office of Ethics at Boston Children’s Hospital has an immediate opening for a clinical ethicist. Applications are being accepted online, at   To locate the position on the website, enter “32902BR” in the box labeled “AutoReqID.”

Boston Children’s Hospital is a 395-licensed-bed children’s hospital in the Longwood Medical and Academic Area of Boston, Massachusetts. At 300 Longwood Avenue, Children’s is adjacent to its teaching affiliate, Harvard Medical School.

Job description: Clinical Ethicist 32902BR

The Clinical Ethicist provides formal and informal ethics consultations.  Organizes and participates in clinical ethics rounds, and collaborates with clinical teams, patients and families, to address ethical issues in pediatric health care and research. Develops ethics resources and education and serves as a facilitator for change directed toward strengthening the Hospital staff’s sense of moral responsibility and moral community.

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Open Clinical Ethics Positions at Boston Children’s Hospital

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Temporary Clinical Ethicist

The Clinical Ethicist provides formal and informal ethics consultations and collaborates with clinical teams, patients and families, managers, and consultants to address ethical issues in pediatric health care and research. Documents ethics activities. May participate in clinical ethics rounds and other educational activities.

Requires working knowledge of theories, principles and concepts typically acquired through completion of a graduate degree in ethics, bioethics, or moral philosophy; a working knowledge of health care and hospitals or clinical degree in a health professional field; and extensive experience in clinical bioethics, preferably in hospital or health delivery systems. Work requires excellent interpersonal, organizational, oral and written communication skills in order to mediate moral disagreements or concerns and develop consensus, compromises, or other ethically acceptable resolutions. Work requires sensitivity in speaking with parents, patients, staff and others in stressful circumstances, in discussing ethical decisions regarding life support, dying and death, disclosure of bad news, participation in research, organ donation and transplantation, and other potential conflicts of interest and values. Work requires demonstrated ability in multidisciplinary collaboration and the ability to initiate, prioritize, and manage multiple projects, working across multiple departmental lines of authority and accountability and under pressure to meet deadlines.

Clinical Ethicist

Provides formal and informal ethics consultations.  Organizes and participates in clinical ethics rounds, and collaborates with clinical teams, patients and families, to address ethical issues in pediatric health care and research. Develops ethics resources and education and serves as a facilitator for change directed toward strengthening the Hospital staff’s sense of moral responsibility and moral community.

Work requires at least 5 years clinical inpatient experience in a staff physician or nursing role with substantial prior ethics education and experience derived from completion of an ethics fellowship or other advanced ethics training and/or significant ethics consultation experience.  Preference for a clinical degree in a health professional field and graduate level preparation in this discipline, clinical ethics fellowship completion, graduate degree in bioethics or related field, a strong understanding of acute care pediatric health care, and five or more years of experience in clinical bioethics, preferably in a pediatric hospital or health delivery system. Significant focus on inpatient pediatric ethics consultations with active collaboration with nursing, social work, medical staff, and other internal and external individuals and groups.

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Job Opportunity: Yale Law School Health Law Fellowship, 2014-2015

YLS is seeking to hire a Senior Fellow in Health Law, who will taken on director-type responsibilities for YLS’s health program, including conference and event development and management, fundraising and policy-paper writing. The fellow will also have the option of devoting some time to either teaching or his/her own scholarship or policy work. The position is available immediately and, although initially a one-year position, may continue longer term if it proves a good fit. Interested applicants should email their CV and references to

Petrie-Flom Center Hiring Interns to start August 2014

PFC_Logo_300x300The Petrie-Flom Center PFC_Logo_300x300for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School

Student Internship Program


The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School is seeking student interns for the fall 2014 semester.   Availability to start by August 4, 2014 is preferred, but later start dates will be considered on an individual basis; please indicate your availability in your application materials. We may consider extension through Spring 2015 if there is mutual interest.

Who is eligible?

Harvard undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in the Center’s work are eligible to apply. More information about the Center is available at our website. The internship is open to students in all disciplines, but we particularly welcome applications from students studying health policy, philosophy, bioethics, law, medicine, business economics, and the sciences.  We are also interested in receiving applications from students interested in technology and communications.

What will the internship entail?
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See and Share Job and Fellowship Opportunities on the Petrie-Flom Website


Looking for new opportunities in the fields of health law, policy, and bioethics? Look no further!

This spring, we’ve added a new opportunities section to the resources on the new Petrie-Flom website. This page features opportunities in health law and bioethics including jobs, fellowships, graduate programs, seminars, calls for abstracts and submissions—and more! These opportunities are updated in real time, full posts remain active on the website until their deadline passes, and past posts are visible in our opportunities archive.

If you have opportunities that you would like to share with the Petrie-Flom community via our website and/or our biweekly e-newsletter, please contact us at

Career Event: Futures in Life Sciences

An event of interest to students looking for careers in life sciences:

Futures in Life Sciences (FILS) Program – Clinical Development, Regulatory, and Medical Affairs

Event Organizer: Propel Careers, MassBio, MassBioEd
Location:  MassBio Offices, 300 Tech Square, 8th Floor, Cambridge MA 02139
Date: May 13, 2014
Time: 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Meeting Agenda:
5:30pm-6:00pm – Registration and Open Networking
6:00pm-6:10pm – Introductions, Overview, and Recognition of Sponsors
6:10pm-7:30pm – Panel Discussion

  • Moderator:  Lauren Celano, CEO, Propel Careers
  • Panelists:
    • Mary Beth Clarke, Sr. Director, Regulatory Affairs, Genzyme, A Sanofi Company
    • Shane McGann, Regulatory Affairs Fellow, Genzyme, A Sanofi Company
    • Joe Biedenkapp, Senior Specialist, Medical Communications, Dyax
    • Richard Peters, Vice President, Head of Global Medical Affairs, Sanofi Oncology

7:30pm-8:00pm – Open Networking

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Petrie-Flom Seeks to Hire Senior Law & Ethics Associate for New Project with NFL Players Association

In connection with our work on a sponsored research project with the National Football League Players Association, the Petrie-Flom Center seeks to hire a Senior Law and Ethics Associate immediately. (Please note that this is a distinct position from the one we recently advertised working with Harvard Catalyst on clinical and translational research.)

We are seeking a full-time doctoral-level hire (J.D., M.D., Ph.D., etc. in law, ethics, public health, social science, or other relevant discipline) with extensive knowledge of and interest in legal and ethical issues related to the health and welfare of professional athletes.  The position will be funded for at least two years, with renewal likely for an additional year or more.

View the full job description and apply here.  

For questions, contact or 617-496-4662.

Petrie-Flom Center Seeks to Hire Senior Law and Ethics Associate

In connection with our work on the Regulatory Foundations, Ethics, and Law Program of Harvard Catalyst | The Harvard Clinical and Translational Center, the Petrie-Flom Center seeks to hire a Senior Law and Ethics Associate immediately. This is a full-time position for a doctoral-level hire (J.D., M.D., Ph.D., etc. in law, ethics, public health, social science, or other relevant discipline) with extensive knowledge and understanding of clinical research and its regulation. The Senior Law and Ethics Associate will support a new program aimed at developing creative, practical solutions to reduce seemingly intractable legal and ethical barriers to clinical and translational research.

View the full job description and apply HERE. 

Contact Executive Director Holly Fernandez Lynch with questions.

Quantitative Analytical Support Needed for Public Health Law Research

The National Program Office (NPO) for Public Health Law Research (PHLR), a nationally recognized program sponsored by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for the evaluation of the health impact of laws and legal practices, seeks a postdoctoral fellow who will provide quantitative analytical support to the PHLR team. The successful candidate holds a Ph.D. with significant experience in quantitative methods and law/health policy or a J.D. with strong quantitative and health policy research skills. The individual will produce empirical papers using the quantitative legal data currently on and provide literature and systematic review support for journal publications, white papers, and grant submissions. This person will become a full member of the NPO for PHLR at the Temple University Beasley School of Law for a period of two years. PHLR staff and affiliated scholars will mentor this person in public health law research methods and provide networking opportunities with leaders in the field of public health law research. The postdoctoral fellow will be required to attend the PHLR Annual Meeting each year.

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Health Law Chair Position at Loyola University Chicago

Nadia N. Sawicki

I’m pleased to announce that Loyola University Chicago School of Law is seeking to fill the recently created Bernard J. Beazley Chair in Health Law and Policy.  My colleagues and I at the the Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy are excited for the opportunity to welcome a distinguished scholar of health law into the Loyola community.

Inquiries should be directed to Prof. Spencer Weber Waller, the chair of the search committee, at  swalle1 at Interested candidates should submit an application at

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Position Announcement: Chairperson and Full Professor

Department of Health Sciences, Northeastern University, Boston, MA

The Department of Health Sciences offers a Master of Public Health in Urban Health, a Master of Science in Exercise Science, and a Bachelor degree in Health Sciences. We currently offer a PhD program in Personal Health Informatics in conjunction with the College of Computer and Information Science and a new PhD in Population Health is being implemented.

Qualifications include: (1) earned doctoral degree in public health, a related health profession, or medical, biological, or social sciences, (2) excellent record of university teaching, (3) excellent record of scholarly publications and external research funding, (4) demonstrated leadership in administering an academic/research department, (5) strong commitment to interdisciplinary education, and (6) demonstrated background and commitment to supporting a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment.

Application Information: Applications will be reviewed beginning May 1, 2013  and will continue until the position is filled. The expected start date of this position will be August 1, 2013.

For the full description of this position, see:

Job Posting: EPA’s Office of the Science Advisor (OSA), Office of Research and Development (ORD) seeks Human Subjects Research Review Official

EPA’s Office of the Science Advisor (OSA), Office of Research and Development (ORD) is seeking a senior executive and scientific leader for the position of Human Subjects Research Review Official (HSRRO) in Washington, DC, who is the Agency’s focal point for providing guidance and leadership, and who serves as the expert technical resource to EPA in matters related to human research ethics and human subjects protection. The HSRRO provides strategic vision and leadership for a scientific program whose results serve as a basis for informing Agency decisions in areas related to human subjects research.

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Job Opening: Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center

Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center invites applications from experienced health law teachers and scholars for the Kermit Gitenstein Distinguished Visiting Chair in Health Law and Policy. Touro is seeking a nationally-known professor in the field of health law and policy to fill the chair for the spring semester in 2014. The Gitenstein visiting professor will teach at least one course at the law school, deliver public lectures, and participate fully in faculty and student life. Touro Law Center is part of Touro College, which includes New York Medical College—one of the largest private health sciences universities in the nation. The visiting chair will have the opportunity to develop collaborative initiatives with the medical profession in general and New York Medical College in particular. Women, members of minority groups and others whose background will contribute to the diversity of the faculty are encouraged to apply.

Touro Law Center is a dynamic institution that is at the forefront of legal education in this country, dedicated to producing practice-ready graduates. Touro’s students have the unique opportunity to take advantage of the first-ever law campus in the United States—a law school adjacent to and working with both a federal courthouse and a state courthouse. The law school is located in Suffolk County, Long Island, approximately an hour outside of New York City.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume at the earliest possible date for full consideration. Contact: Fabio Arcila, Jr., Appointments Committee Chair and Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship, at

Touro College is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity. Our practices and employment decisions regarding employment, hiring, assignment, promotion, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment are not to be based on an employee’s race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, disability, ancestry, military discharge status, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic predisposition, housing status, or any other protected status, in accordance with applicable law. Our policies are in conformance with Title IX, 1972 Education Amendments.

Job Opening — Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine Seeking Bioethicist

HJF is seeking a Bioethicist to provide support under an NIH-funded contract to the Division of AIDS (DAIDS) at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a component of NIH, located on Rockledge Drive in Bethesda, Maryland.  Under the NIH Contract, HJF’s separate operating division, HJF-DAIDS, provides scientific and operations support to DAIDS including the Basic Sciences Program (BSP). Responsibilities include researching and preparing background materials on bioethical issues relevant to NIH/NIAID research for use by NIAID staff; reviewing clinical trial protocols upon request; working with NIAID staff to identify, coordinate, and resolve issues concerning ethical principles and the application of United States and international regulations and ethical guidelines in international settings; providing expert input in planning and organizing stakeholder meetings on bioethics topics.  Excellent research, oral communication and writing skills needed, and experience and advanced training in bioethics required.

For more information and to apply, please see and click on Careers.

NASI Summer Internships

Something to pass on to our student readers:

The National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) is recruiting for our 2013 summer internship programs. As a NASI member, we rely on your help to find excellent student talent. With your assistance, the most qualified upper division undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates looking to explore their next career choices, will have access to an unmatched internship experience.

Visit NASI’s Internship Opportunities page for additional information on internship programs and how to apply.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2013

NASI’s four internship programs The Washington Internship on Social Insurance, The Somers Aging and Long-Term Care Internship, The Nathan J. Stark Internship for Non-Profit Development, and The Eileen Sweeney Graduate Internship in Disability Policy offer a wide array of opportunities and a $3,500 stipend. Descriptions of the programs and the online application form are available on the individual internship pages and on NASI’s Internship Opportunities page.

NASI is looking for 15-20 outstanding summer interns for 2013. Think about the talented young people you know—students, mentees, interns, and relatives—and encourage them to apply for an exciting summer in Washington, DC. Undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students in various fields of study (such as Political Science, Economics, Social Work, Aging Studies, Journalism, Education, Social Policy, Psychology, Biology, History, Demography, Public Health, Health Sector Management, Health Policy and Administration, Human Development, Public Policy, Gerontology, International Affairs, Health Policy, and Sociology) should be encouraged to apply.

If you have any questions, feel free to call NASI at 202-452-8097 or email us at

Homeland Security Internship Opportunity

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines. This program is open to undergraduate students in a broad spectrum of DHS mission-relevant research areas and graduate students interested in the specific field of Nuclear and Radiological Threat Detection.

The DHS HS-STEM Summer Internship Program provides students with the opportunity to conduct research at federal research facilities located across the country. The goal of this program is to engage a diverse, educated, and skilled pool of scientists and engineers in HS-STEM issues and to promote long-term relationships between student researchers, DHS, and federal research facilities to enhance the HS-STEM workforce.

DHS has partnered with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) to manage the application and review process, notification, and implementation of the program.

For more information, click here.

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Harvard Medical School/Brigham and Women’s Hospital Fellowship in Pharmaceutical Law and Health Services Research

The Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital Department of Medicine and Harvard Medical School invites applications for a new postdoctoral fellowship in pharmaceutical law and health services research.  Areas of focus include regulation, intellectual property, and comparative effectiveness, as well as the development, approval, and evidence-based use of drugs, devices, vaccines, procedures, or diagnostics.

Applications are invited from scholars with doctoral degrees (M.D., J.D., Ph.D., Pharm.D., or equivalent) or who will complete such training by July 2013.  Fellows will have an appointment at Harvard Medical School, receive close mentorship from faculty members in the Division, and engage in one or more projects intended to start their careers in law and public health research. Appropriate candidates will also be able to enroll in the Harvard School of Public Health summer Clinical Effectiveness Program with the option to pursue a Master’s degree in public health.  Deadline is March 1, 2013.  Email Aaron Kesselheim, M.D., J.D., M.P.H. at for more information.