Research Fellow in Law

Melbourne, Australia
29 Aug 2017
End of advertisement period
24 Sep 2017
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Melbourne Law School

Salary: $69,148 - $93,830 p.a. plus 9.5% superannuation

About Melbourne Law School:

Melbourne Law School (MLS) is Australia's first all-graduate law faculty. Melbourne Law School was the first faculty in Australia to teach law, and awarded this country's first law degrees.

About the role:

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow to join a new team led by Julian Savulescu working to build a globally recognised programme in ethics as part of a joint initiative between the University of Melbourne Law School and the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI). The programme will focus on the ethics and regulation of genomics and other advances in healthcare technologies, and the Research Fellow role will have a major focus on the philosophy, ethics, law and/or regulation relation to the use of genome sequencing and gene editing in the context of “precision medicine” as well as other advances in the life sciences such as stem cell research.

The role will include collaborative research on themes relevant to the programme, as well as assisting the Senior Research Fellows and the Chief Investigator, Professor Julian Savulescu, in establishing and developing a new programme.

About you:

You will have an outstanding research record for your stage of career, including a PhD (or equivalent) in law, philosophy or a related discipline with a specialisation in practical ethics, bioethics or similar. You will have an ability to work collaboratively and across disciplines, with excellent communication skills and will be a self- starter, able to work independently without close supervision to achieve the goals of the team.

Applications (consisting of a curriculum vitae, cover letter, statement addressing the selection criteria and a writing sample of up to 8,000 words maximum) must be submitted online.

Indigenous Australians seeking support to apply for a vacancy are encouraged to contact the University by emailing their contact details and position number to

Close date: 24 Sep 2017

Position Description and Selection Criteria

Download File 0043928.pdf

For information to assist you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria, please go to