Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Institute on Ethics & Policy for Innovation (IEPI)

Position(s): 2 Postdoctoral Research Fellows
Area: Institute on Ethics & Policy for Innovation, Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Humanities
Location: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (Hybrid in-person and remote)
Principal Investigator and Institute Director: Dr. Claudia Emerson
Schedule: Full time, 35 hours/week, Monday to Friday, 8:30 – 4:30 
Location: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (Hybrid in-person and remote)
Compensation: $60, 000 CAD per year 
Appointment Duration: 12 months (Benefits eligible) 


The Institute on Ethics & Policy for Innovation (IEPI), based in the Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Humanities at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, is focused on identifying and addressing ethical challenges, ethics-related risk, and policy gaps that have the potential to undermine the impact of life-saving technologies and interventions in Global Health. The Institute operates on a demand-driven consultation model to support researchers, funders, sponsors, policymakers, and other stakeholders in global health navigate ethical issues that impact their work across the innovation lifecycle. The ethics consultation service is supported by programs of research across four core pillars: data ethics & governance, translational science, infectious disease management, and emerging technologies.

IEPI is currently supported by a major grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and is responsible for delivering an ethics program of research and consultation service that supports the Foundation’s Global Health division. IEPI is also supported by a grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). 

We undertake applied ethics research and deliver an ethics consultation service that supports Foundation Officers, Grantees, and Partners to navigate ethical issues that impact research, development, delivery, policy and advocacy for health innovations. We examine issues through an ethics lens, considering the full social and cultural contexts — an approach we refer to as ESC thinking. We proactively identify ethical, social and cultural (ESC) considerations to enable potential life-saving innovations to move along their critical path and reach those who need them most. We partner with experts globally and engage with communities intended to benefit to ensure that local perspectives are foundational to our work.

The keys to success in this position will include your ability to: 

Take initiative and work independently on assigned research project(s)

Utilize your knowledge of bioethics and global health to perform in-depth research, critical analysis, and synthesis of material to produce timely recommendations and deliverables

Proactively identify and solve problems with creativity and resourcefulness

Demonstrate strong communication skills, both written and oral 

Lead the writing and preparation of manuscripts, reports and other communications 

Build effective partnerships with colleagues, both locally and internationally, to advance IEPI’s strategic objectives

Excel in a highly dynamic, fast-paced, interdisciplinary environment 

Demonstrated experience in applied ethics, global health, qualitative and/or international policy research

Expertise related to one or more of IEPI’s four core areas of research 


One year of funding at $60,000.00 CAD with an opportunity to extend the contract.

Eligible to participate in University’s Health insurance and Dental benefits. 

The opportunity to interact with a network of international partners and collaborators. 

The opportunity to work at the forefront of applied ethics research with a team of highly motivated scholars and advisors. 


Recent PhD in philosophy, health policy, global health or a related field, and interest in research and consulting in global health ethics.

Ability to travel within Canada and internationally for meetings, workshops, and other engagements. 

How To Apply

Applications are welcome on the McMaster careers webpage and must include the following as a single file in the application:

Cover letter, including a detailed statement of research interests related to IEPI’s portfolio of work


1 writing sample (peer reviewed publication preferred)

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