Professor of Bioethics and Director of the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine (VELiM).
School of Public Health / Sydney Medical School (Reference No 2306/1013)

The Sydney School of Public Health and the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine (VELiM) invite applications for the position of Professor of Bioethics and Director of the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine.

The Sydney School of Public Health provides internationally recognised leadership in public health by advancing and disseminating knowledge in the public health disciplines. It does this by providing high quality, accessible education; conducting outstanding, high impact research; and participating effectively in professional, governmental and community activities. The school has earned an outstanding reputation for the quality of its research work and for the expertise of its academic staff.

VELiM is located in the School of Public Health, Sydney Medical School at the University of Sydney and is one of the largest and most research-active bioethics centres in the world. Academics at VELiM engage in postgraduate and undergraduate education, research, ethics consultation and community outreach, crossing disciplinary, professional and socio-political boundaries in order to promote dialogue and understanding. Teachers at VELiM provide education to a wide range of different audiences in bioethics, qualitative health research and the philosophy of medicine, and supervise a large number of postgraduate and postdoctoral scholars. Researchers engage in major collaborative projects using empirical and theoretical methods from a range of disciplines including philosophy, ethics and bioethics, sociology, medicine, public health, social linguistics, psychology, history, art, the medical humanities and law to examine diverse issues in public health, clinical and research ethics. Current projects include research examining obesity, cancer screening, infectious disease, genetics, risk, biotechnology, transplantation, stem cells, health policy, drug prescribing and medical decision making.

The School of Public Health is seeking an internationally recognised scholar in bioethics to support and advance the educational, research and public activities of the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine. The Director and Professor of Bioethics will be responsible for the academic performance and public role of the centre, bringing their own intellectual and personal energy to the unprecedented opportunities that this position offers for interdisciplinary and innovative scholarship and teaching. The Director will be a member of the School (of Public Health) Academic Board and be expected to contribute to the management and leadership of the school. The Director will also be responsible for developing and implementing the bioethics curriculum within the Sydney Medical Program.

Applicants must hold a PhD or equivalent, be internationally recognised for their scholarship in bioethics, have evidence of successful strategic leadership of a research team or academic centre, have a highly successful track record in teaching, research, publication and obtaining competitive research grants, have evidence of support for the disciplines and methods relevant to public health and medicine, and have a commitment to collaboration, collegiality and democratic work practices.

Scholars from the disciplines relevant to bioethics including philosophy, the social sciences, public health and public policy are encouraged to apply. Applicants with expertise in empirical (quantitative and/or qualitative) social science research as well as in moral and political theory are welcomed.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to give public seminars at the University of Sydney on their research and scholarship and on their vision for VELiM. These seminars will be held prior to the interviews for the position.


The successful applicant will be offered a fixed term appointment for seven years as Professor of Bioethics and Director of the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine. The position is renewable after seven years, subject to funding.


A competitive salary package will be negotiated with the successful applicant.


All applications must be submitted online. Full details are available here.


7 May 2014


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