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Post Doctoral Fellowships

T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship in ELSI Research

The postdoctoral fellow will conduct independent research on ethical, legal and social considerations arising from genetics and genomics. The fellow will be part of an interdisciplinary community including faculty and fellows from this program and other affiliated programs. Appointment for one year, renewable up to three years. Candidates must have a PhD, MD (JD or Master's degree only not accepted). Seeking candidates with background in social science, ethics, philosophy, history, health services research, public policy or other related disciplines. Apply here!

GSK Postdoctoral Fellowship

The GSK.ai/Stanford AI Ethics Fellowship: Emerging Issues for Low and Middle-Income Countries in AI/ML Drug Discovery

At the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics (SCBE) and GSK.ai, research fellows are exploring the ethical considerations associated with using artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) to discover transformational medicines and to deliver improved clinical outcomes. Low and middle-income countries (LMICs), which face large unmet medical needs, are home to almost 90% of the world’s population. Yet LMIC voices are often absent from debates around AI/ML ethics, which is a missed opportunity. To deliver truly global benefits from the AI/ML revolution currently taking place in drug discovery, and to do so in a responsible and ethical manner, research is urgently required to understand how LMICs considerations should help to shape these emerging technologies. We are therefore pleased to announce a new Stanford/GSK.ai fellowship position, focused on LMIC issues in this space. The post-doctoral fellowship position is available as part of the Stanford Training Program in Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) Research and at the Center for Integration of Research on Genetics and Ethics (CIRGE). Candidates from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply, as are candidates from (or currently living in) LMICs.

Through exposure to AI researchers, scientists, and ethicists at GSK.ai, fellows will gain an inside view of AI-driven biomedical research at a large pharmaceutical company, while retaining editorial independence in their research under the supervision of Stanford University faculty. Fellows will also be part of an interdisciplinary academic community at Stanford University, including faculty and fellows from this program and other affiliated programs, including the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (hai.stanford.edu). Fellows are expected to gain practical experience in professional activities through programs such as the Stanford Benchside Ethics Consultation Service, a research ethics consultation program to assist life sciences researchers in the resolution of ethical concerns in their research, one of the Stanford-affiliated clinical ethics consultation services, and/or teaching.

In addition to participating in SCBE and CIRGE activities fellows will have access to a full range of courses, which includes genetics, social science, humanities and law courses. It is expected that the fellows may need formal coursework in genetics, ethics, or ELSI research methods. Mentors will assist the fellow in formulating an individualized curriculum and career strategies. All trainees will be expected to present their research in scholarly venues. Fellowship support includes a stipend, tuition, and health insurance. Funds will be provided for each fellow to travel to one meeting per year. See below for more information about the Stanford Training Program in ELSI Research.

Key facts

  • Co-Principal Investigators and Program Co-Directors (all at Stanford University): Russ Altman, MD/PhD (russ.altman@stanford.edu), Mildred Cho, PhD, and David Magnus, PhD
  • Funding source: GSK.ai, which is an interdisciplinary tech organization inside the global pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline, leveraging AI/ML to enable data-driven drug discovery & clinical applications.
  • Appointment: Two years, renewable with mutual decision of the candidate and program.
  • Qualifications: PhD and/or MD. We are seeking candidates with a background in artificial intelligence, machine learning, life sciences and/or medicine, with a demonstrated interest in ethics, philosophy, social science, public policy, or other related disciplines, with a deep understanding of issues impacting LMICs
  • Location: Candidates will be based at the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics at Stanford, Palo Alto.

Apply here!


Clinical Ethics Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Clinical Ethics Fellowship is not currently accepting applications.

Faculty Positions

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Staff Positions

SCBE is seeking an Administrative Associate 3 to provide administrative or operational support with limited supervision. The AA will provide a full range of administrative support to the Center's Director and Associate Director for Education and Research, administer and organize events and courses, and manage the Center's communications. To read the full job description and apply, please click here!

Undergradute & Graduate Research Assistant Positions

Undergraduate and Graduate Research Assistantships Available
Part-time, paid undergraduate and graduate research assistantships available to work with faculty on research projects at the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics. Work-study students welcome. Potential for significant roles in and publication opportunities from these projects, based on experience and contributions. Please send resume with background, education, and work experience to the faculty member contact for each project.

Machine learning (ML) is increasingly being used by doctors and hospitals to make important health care decisions. ML can harm patients if it is inaccurate or biased. However, ML cannot be evaluated or regulated easily because its algorithms “learn” and are constantly evolving. ML development now involves players that are new to health care and thus may not recognize the ethical issues or pitfalls of ML in medicine. We seek to identify potential barriers to development of safe and ethical ML. Research assistants needed to schedule and analyze data from interviews with machine learning developers at companies in the US.
Contact: Mildred Cho, micho@stanford.edu

The overall goal of this project is to understand how to encourage and enable people who are developing artificial intelligence for personalized health care to be aware of values in their daily practice. We will examine actual practices and contexts in which design decisions are made for precision medicine applications and use this information to design group-based workshop exercises to increase awareness of values. Research assistants needed for systematic searches of medical and business literature to identify researchers and companies using machine learning for precision medicine, and to schedule and analyze data from interviews with machine learning developers.
Contact: Mildred Cho, micho@stanford.edu

The goal of ELSI.hub, a National Center for ELSI Resources and Analysis, is to serve as a locus for resource sharing and community building to enhance the production, sharing, and use of research on the ethical, legal, and social implications of genetics and genomics (ELSI research). Research assistants needed for curation and synthesis of ELSI literature and conducting surveys for needs assessments of ELSI researchers, genome scientists, clinicians, policy makers, and other stakeholders.
Contact: Mildred Cho, micho@stanford.edu

Graduate students with an interest in bioethics and skills specific to work being done at SCBE should inquire about the availability of projects.  Common skill sets include genetics, bioethics, health law, neurosciences, medical technology and anthropology.  Please contact the Center for Biomedical Ethics at 650-723-5760.



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