Programme Leader of the Centre for Biomedical Ethics (CBmE) Funding Initiative

Singapore (SG)
18 Jul 2017
End of advertisement period
17 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The National University of Singapore invites applications for a Senior Research Fellow to be the Programme Leader of the Centre for Biomedical Ethics (CBmE) Funding Initiative. CBmE is a leading Centre for bioethics in Asia and a Collaborating Centre for Bioethics of the World Health Organisation. The Centre runs the Health ethics, Law and Professionalism (HeLP) track of the undergraduate medical curriculum and it offers postgraduate study in biomedical ethics. It also has a vibrant Visiting Fellows programme with the generous support of the Chen Su Lan Trust. There are 12 full-time and 7 part-time academic and research staff in the Centre supported by 7 administrative staff. More details on the Centre are available at

The CBmE Funding Initiative is supported with an infrastructure grant from the National Medical Research Council under the Research Innovation Enterprise 2020 framework. This initiative is aimed at: 

  1. Supporting the development of regulatory frameworks for key priority areas of translational and clinical research. 
  2. Building bioethics capability in Singapore.
  3. Understanding the challenges of implementing ethics guidelines for biomedical researchers, and making recommendations to policy and regulatory bodies, and the Ministry of Health, for improving efficacy and balance between the needs of patients, public expectation, and the biomedical community. 
  4. Supporting public education and engagement with bioethics. 
  5. Collaborating on the initiatives of the Bioethics Advisory Committee. 

The position is full-time, fixed-term until March 31, 2021, and is renewable upon successful application for continued funding from the National Medical Research Council. The Programme Leader will manage a team of two full-time research staff and one administrator, and will report to the Co-Directors of the grant, Associate Professor Roy Joseph and Assistant Professor Tamra Lysaght. The main responsibilities of the Programme Leader are:

  • Ensure the team meets the KPIs within the stipulated budgets and oversee reporting requirements for the Co-Directors’ approval 
  • Coordinate and provide teaching for the Ethics and Regulation of Clinical Research module for the Master of Clinical Investigation programme
  • Facilitate professional training workshops for biomedical researchers
  • Develop public outreach and education materials and facilitate public education in liaison with the Bioethics Advisory Committee
  • Contribute to expert symposia, position papers and discussion/commissioned papers where appropriate
  • Assist the Co-Directors in liaising with Bioethics Advisory Committee on joint projects
  • Participate in international conferences and meetings of importance to the programme initiatives
  • Assist the Co-Directors in developing and maintaining networks of scholars, scientists and policymakers for collaboration

Selection criteria: 

1. Essential requirements

  • A PhD degree or an equivalent in a field relevant to clinical research ethics, regulation and governance (e.g. bioethics, law, philosophy, sociology or political science)
  • Minimum five years’ experience in an academic role
  • Demonstrated experience in grant management and independently managing a multidisciplinary team of researchers in an academic setting
  • Demonstrated experience in teaching postgraduate and/or professionals
  • Demonstrated track record of publication in the fields of bioethics, law, philosophy, sociology or political science
  • Exemplary written English and oral communication skills
  • Excellent organization and management skills with attention to detail

2. Desirable requirements

  • Expertise in research ethics and regulation
  • Experience in public engagement activities and methodologies
  • Experience in liaising with government officials and policymakers in health and/or clinical research

The National University of Singapore offers competitive remuneration packages and the successful applicant will be offered salary and benefits commensurate with his or her experience and expertise. The Funding Initiative also supports training and conference travel for research staff. 
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis beginning 7 July 2017, until a suitable candidate is found. Please submit your application containing the following:

  • A cover letter with statements that address all of the selection criteria above
  • Curriculum vitae with contact details of three referees
  • A writing sample (sole authored strongly preferred)
  • Current and expected salary

Please send applications to:

Dr. Tamra Lysaght