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Postdoctoral Research Fellowship In Data Ethics

Institute on Ethics & Policy for Innovation, McMaster University
Job Location
1280 Main Street West
L.R. Wilson Hall
Hamilton, ON L8S 4K1
$55,000 per year + benefits
Job Description


Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Data Ethics

Bargaining Unit: CUPE Local 3906, Unit 3

Location: Institute on Ethics & Policy for Innovation, Faculty of Humanities, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Principal Investigator and Institute Director: Dr. Claudia Emerson

Funding: $55,000 per year + benefits

Funding Source: CIHR

Appointment: Two years (renewable up to a maximum of four years, subject to funding)


The Institute on Ethics & Policy for Innovation (IEPI) is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Data Ethics, to begin immediately. The position provides two years of funding (renewable up to a maximum of four years) at $55,000.00 per year + benefits. This position is included within the Canadian Union of Public Employees ("CUPE") Local 3906 Unit 3, representing Post-Doctoral Fellows.

The IEPI Postdoctoral Research Fellowship is funded by a CIHR grant, as part of an EU-CAN-Share project on integrating human data repositories foFr infectious disease-related international cohorts (RECODID).

The Fellowship will consider political, ethical, administrative, regulatory and legal (PEARL) issues and develop a framework to facilitate equitable data sharing. Responsibilities will include providing: in-depth research, critical analysis, high-quality & efficient synthesis, and timely recommendations.

The Fellow will be supervised by Dr. Claudia Emerson, Director of IEPI.



  • Completion of PhD by fellowship start date

  • Completion of PhD within the five years immediately preceding the initial appointment

  • Knowledge of data ethics

  • Experience in ELSI-related research

  • Experience in applied ethics research 

  • Experience with qualitative research

  • Experience working in one or more of the following research environments will be an asset: global health, data resources and biobank management, international policy

How to Apply

Please apply via Mosaic:

Please include the following in the application:

  • Cover letter, including a detailed statement of research interests in ELSI topic areas and relevant experiences for the RECODID project 

  • CV

  • 1 writing sample (peer reviewed publication preferred)

  • Name, title, institution, and contact information for 3 professional references

About Our Organization


The Institute on Ethics & Policy for Innovation (IEPI) is focused on identifying and addressing ethical challenges, ethics-related risk, and policy gaps encountered along the innovation lifecycle for health technologies and interventions in global health and development. 

We are a multidisciplinary team of scholars with expertise in philosophy, the social sciences, biomedical science, public health, and health policy, based at McMaster University, Canada.  We undertake applied ethics research and bring over a decade of experience working with funders, governments, industry, academia, and other stakeholders to address complex moral problems in global health research.

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Ranked as one of the world’s top 100 universities, McMaster University is devoted to the cultivation of human potential, realized through our innovative educational programs, cutting-edge research, and the diverse students, faculty, staff and alumni who make up the McMaster family. Dedicated to creating a Brighter World, we recognize that our people are our most valuable resource. 
Those who join McMaster will find a community of talented individuals who are inspired by the university's commitment to embodying the values of integrity, quality, inclusiveness and teamwork. It is through these talented individuals, their creativity, and drive for results that McMaster University has earned its reputation for being Canada's most research intensive university and is recognized as second in the world for global impact. 

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