Request for Part-time Faculty Applications

The Center is seeking part-time lecturers in bioethics

The Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School invites applications from candidates with a terminal degree in bioethics, law, medicine, nursing, philosophy, the social sciences and/or related fields for part-time academic positions (up to 20% FTE).  Successful applicants will possess education and experience researching, teaching, and working in applied bioethics related to medicine, health care, and the biosciences. Teaching faculty are sought in the domains of (1) clinical ethics, (2) ethics of genetics and genomic technologies, (3) neuroethics, (4) reproductive ethics, and (5) research methodology and practice. These positions include leadership in a core academic area and teaching responsibilities in our master’s degree, fellowship, MD degree, and continuing professional education programs. Scholars with experience conducting and/ or mentoring grant-funded research are especially invited to apply.

Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing interdisciplinary leaders. Harvard Medical School, located in the Longwood Medical Area of Boston, Massachusetts, is an inclusive community dedicated to alleviating suffering and improving health and well-being through excellence in teaching and learning, discovery and scholarship. This diverse community includes sixteen teaching hospitals and affiliated institutions which are vital partners in providing clinical care and training.

The mission of the Center for Bioethics is to bring together the rich intellectual resources of the medical school faculty with health professionals and scientists from our affiliated teaching hospitals, departments across Harvard, and colleagues from other institutions worldwide to ensure that scientific progress, medical therapeutics and health care research and practice proceed hand-in-hand with reflection about the profound moral questions raised by advances in the life sciences. The Center supports integration of ethics and scientific discovery, fostering collaboration among students, bench scientists, clinical researchers, clinicians, practicing bioethicists, academic philosophers, historians of medicine, humanities scholars, and others able to bring their disciplinary perspectives to bear on the ethical challenges posed by present and future bioscience and medical advances.

Successful candidates will join faculty colleagues from several fields, including medicine, law, philosophy, religion, nursing, social work, and health-related policy. Candidates should be prepared to: teach bioethics at the graduate level, both foundational theory and selected topics in bioethics, to multidisciplinary mid-career professionals; participate in teaching medical professionalism and ethics to medical students; and collaborate in providing continuing professional education and public engagement programs in clinical ethics, research ethics, law and health policy, and organizational ethics.


  • Teach or co-teach Foundations of Bioethics and/or other graduate-level courses (according to expertise and interest) in the Master of Bioethics Degree Program
  • Participate in teaching professionalism and ethics for medical students and continuing education programs for health care providers and ethics committee members
  • Collaborate on and publish conceptual and/or empirical scholarly work in bioethics
  • Conduct and/or mentor grant-funded research in bioethics
  • May serve on hospital ethics committees, task forces, and relevant university and community groups


  • Terminal degree in relevant discipline
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience with bioethics education for medical students and mid-career multidisciplinary professionals
  • Demonstrated ability/potential to engage in significant bioethics research and scholarship on a broad range of issues
  • Keen interest in creatively contributing to the intellectual life of a vibrant, multidisciplinary bioethics program

Salary is competitive and will be based on training and experience. This appointment is a part-time, non-tenured, term position at Harvard Medical School. The position is renewable after the first year.

Harvard Medical School is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law. We encourage applications from individuals from groups underrepresented in medicine and science.  

Applications will be accepted until positions are filled and reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested individuals may apply by uploading an application as described below to the attention of Brooke Tempesta, associate director of education, HMS Center for Bioethics.

  • Application should include a (1) cover letter, (2) current curriculum vitae, (3) writing sample, and (4) the names of three references with complete contact information
  • Application should be merged into a single PDF file before uploading
  • File name should be formatted as: Last name-First name-Bioethics
  • Please upload the PDF to DropBox:

Questions or further inquiries about this position may be directed to Christine Mitchell, executive director, HMS Center for Bioethics, by phone at 617-432-2571 or by email at Please use “Faculty Application Question” as the email subject line.