Research Officer

Salary: Circa £34,000 per annum (dependent upon experience)
Contract: 35 hours per week - fixed term contract for 6 months (secondment cover)
Closing date: Monday 12th October 2020 (10:00am)

About the Nuffield Council on Bioethics
The Nuffield Council on Bioethics is an independent body that examines and reports on ethical issues in biology and medicine. The Council has achieved an international reputation for advising policy makers and stimulating debate in bioethics.

The Council has published over 30 reports on a wide range of bioethics issues, including gene editing in human reproduction, the use of biological and health data, mitochondrial DNA disorders, children and clinical research, organ donation, cosmetic procedures, non-invasive prenatal testing and research in global health emergencies. The reports are the outcome of in-depth inquiries that usually take 18-24 months to complete.

In addition, the Council responds to developments and debates in medicine and bioscience through more rapid activities. We do this through our active response programme, which includes the Council’s series of policy briefing notes and workshops. Potential work topics for both the in-depth inquiries and more rapid activities are identified through the Council’s horizon scanning programme. The Council is funded jointly by the Nuffield Foundation, Wellcome and the Medical Research Council and is hosted at the Foundation's offices. Find out more about the Council at:

The role  
The Research Officer (RO) will primarily be working on the Council’s new in-depth inquiry into the future of aging, which will explore the ethical implications of the emerging role of science and technology in helping people live well in old age.

This is an excellent opportunity to be involved at the early stages of the project where the focus and direction are shaped. It will involve supporting an Assistant Director in carrying out relevant research, drafting background papers, and organising working group and fact finding meetings. The RO will also be involved in the public engagement side of the project and will be working on what this may involve and how it can be integrated into the work.

This is a hugely varied and interesting role which will enable the RO to gain experience of a wide range of research, writing and project-based activities. For example, in the past, research tasks have involved literature reviews, one-to-one interviews and survey response analysis, and writing tasks have included developing background papers and drafting blog posts. The RO will work closely with the academics, clinicians and other experts who sit on the Council’s committees and with varied groups of external stakeholders.

Research for these activities will involve both desk research and discussions with experts and stakeholders. In addition, the RO will contribute to the general activities of the research teams, which include managing information resources, and they may be asked to help out with other projects from time to time.

The candidate will require a relevant degree (for example in biological sciences, medicine, philosophy, law or social science) and knowledge of bioethical issues. Good communication skills and experience of research, drafting and event organisation is essential. 

This is an excellent opportunity for someone interested in the high-profile area of bioethics.

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How to apply
To apply, please click through to our online portal where you can submit your CV and covering letter explaining how your experience matches the requirements detailed in the person specification. Please note that during the online application process you will also be required to respond to a written task relating to ethical issues raised by the emerging role of science and technology in helping people live well in old age. More details on this topic can be found here.

The closing date for applications is 10:00 on Monday 12 October 2020. We are hoping for the successful candidate to be able to start in late October, and as such interviews are scheduled to take place on Thursday 15 October 2020. 

We are an employer that values the diversity of its workforce and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that at the moment we are working remotely, and changes to this will depend on Government advice.

Please note that candidates must have the existing right to work in the UK.