Genome Privacy/Ethics Post-doctoral Fellowship

University of California, San Diego
Job Location
9500 Gilman Dr. #0811
Qualcomm Institute
La Jolla, CA 92093
Job Description

A postdoctoral position is open in the laboratory of Dr. Cinnamon Bloss at the University of California, San Diego to applicants with a background and interest in bioethics (privacy), psychometrics, design thinking, emerging biomedical technologies (genomics, wearable sensors), precision medicine, and/or personal health data/big data.

The position is funded via a grant from the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health. The focus of the project is on developing a valid and reliable assessment instrument to measure individual conceptions of privacy among patients who are exposed to health big data technologies (e.g., personal genomic sequencing). The early phases of the project will involve formative work using qualitative methods (e.g., one-on-one interviews and focus groups). The latter phase of the project will involve survey administration to several hundred study participants and use of quantitative statistical methods (e.g., factor analysis). The project will require effective communication with several collaborators at other institutions.


Qualified candidates must have a recent PhD or equivalent in psychology/clinical psychology, sociology, public health or related field and expertise in qualitative or quantitative data analysis. Applicants with backgrounds in other fields (e.g., genetics, engineering, data science/informatics) but with a very strong interest in the field of bioethics are welcome to apply, but training in the social sciences will be given preference. The successful candidate should have a demonstrated ability for independent and critical thinking, strong oral and written communication skills in English, and a strong publication record.

How to Apply

Please forward current CV to Dr. Cinnamon Bloss at [email protected] 

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