Associate Professor or Assistant Professor - Centre for Biomedical Ethics

Singapore (SG)
28 Jan 2019
End of advertisement period
25 Apr 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Associate Professor or Assistant Professor

Centre for Biomedical Ethics, National University of Singapore

The NUS Centre for Biomedical Ethics (CBmE) is a thriving international centre for learning, teaching and research on ethical and associated social, legal and policy aspects of health care and biomedical sciences. Based in the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, CBmE takes responsibility for the Health ethics, Law and Professionalism (HeLP) track of the undergraduate medical curriculum. We also offer graduate courses and doctoral supervision in bioethics, and provide professional development opportunities for health professionals and researchers, including educational courses for prospective members of health and research ethics committees. Our research tackles issues of broad international significance with a particular interest in learning for and from Singapore and Asia. We support ethics capability development in the region and currently chair the network of Collaborating Centres for Bioethics of the World Health Organisation. For more information see:

We are looking to appoint a bright, collegial and enthusiastic bioethicist to our faculty. We are particularly keen to develop our strengths in teaching and research in the domains of clinical and healthcare ethics (including work on health systems and public health). Our preference is for someone with sufficient experience and standing to be appointable at Associate Professor level to strengthen and support the development of our research portfolio and to play a leadership role as we enhance our undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. An Assistant Professor level appointment may be considered for an exceptional early career scholar with strong potential in the above-mentioned areas. We will consider medically qualified applicants who are eligible and keen to maintain some clinical responsibilities, but they must be able and willing to take on (proportionately) the full range of teaching and research responsibilities of the position. 

This is an academic faculty appointment and will be made on a tenured or tenure track basis depending on experience and track record.

The main responsibilities of the position are:

  • Contribute to undergraduate teaching on the Health ethics, Law and Professionalism (HeLP) programme.
  • Take lead responsibility for aspects of the HeLP programme and serve on relevant education committees within the School of Medicine
  • Contribute to the postgraduate teaching of bioethics, including via course development and module co-ordination
  • Undertake and publish research of international interest and standing in the domain of bioethics, working collaboratively to strengthen and support the development of CBmE’s research portfolio.
  • Provide academic support to other CBmE activities, for example by facilitating workshop discussions, peer reviewing manuscripts submitted to Asian Bioethics Review (, contributing to responses to public consultations issued by the Ministry of Health. 
  • Serve on relevant university and policy committees (commensurate with rank) and participate collegially in the academic life of CBmE, the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and the National University of Singapore

Essential requirements for this position:

  • A thorough grounding in ethics, including the development of normative arguments, to the level expected for a formal postgraduate qualification in ethics from a reputable university. (If you do not have a Master’s level qualification specifically in bioethics, ethics or moral philosophy, we need demonstrable evidence that you have an equivalent understanding acquired otherwise).
  • A PhD degree or postgraduate medical qualification recognised by the Singapore Medical Council.
  • Demonstrated experience of university-level teaching in ethics or a closely related field, and evidence of commitment to excellence in education.
  • Strong track record (relative to career opportunity) of good quality research and publication in bioethics and/or fields relevant to this position. This should include some research more specifically relevant to clinical or healthcare ethics. For appointment at Associate Professor level, a track record in securing grant income will also be essential.
  • Excellent written and spoken English.
  • Strong organization and management skills.
  • Demonstrated aptitude for collaborative as well as independent working.
  • Experience of broader aspects of academic work e.g. doctoral supervision, doctoral examination, peer reviewing, contributions to professional networks/organisations.

For more detail and information about additionally desirable experience, expertise or interests, please visit our website:

The National University of Singapore offers competitive remuneration packages, and supports appropriate training and conference travel for tenured and tenure track academic staff. For more information about NUS Medicine, please visit

For an informal discussion of this post, please contact Professor Vikki Entwistle (

Applicants should send soft copies of the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Soft copy of a recent paper or chapter (published or accepted for publication).

Applications should be sent to: Ms Karen TEO at by the closing date of 25 February 2019.

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