Stanford Law School invites applications for the 2015-2016 Fellowship in the Stanford Program in Neuroscience and Society (SPINS), part of the Center for Law and the Biosciences.
This fellowship is intended for people who want an academic or policy career working on ethical, legal, and social issues arising from advances in neuroscience.
The Stanford Program in Neuroscience and Society (SPINS) is an initiative newly funded by the Stanford Neuroscience Institute and directed by Professor Hank Greely of Stanford Law School. SPINS will examine the effects of neuroscience discoveries on society and on law. SPINS will be run with the Stanford Center for Law and the Biosciences, also directed by Professor Greely. That Center, in turn, is part of the Law School’s Program in Law, Science & Technology.
Located at the heart of the world’s biotechnology industry and inside a preeminent research university, SPINS will bring together academics, lawyers, scientists, policy-makers, and students. Through conferences, workshops, lectures, and academic courses, the Program promotes research and public discourse on the ethical, legal, scientific, economic, and social implications of accelerated technological change in the life sciences. A special aspect of this Program is that each year it will conduct a workshop process focusing on a concrete near-term or mid-term ethical, social, or legal issue arising from neuroscience. The Program will produce and disseminate recommendations about that issue in an effort to increase public understanding and to influence public policy.
The Fellowship is a residential fellowship that provides an opportunity to conduct research in the dynamic environment of Stanford Law School. This is a one-year Fellowship with the possibility of a one year extension. We are accepting applications from candidates with a background, knowledge, and interest in both neuroscience and some aspect of law, policy, ethics, or social analysis. One of the main expectations and responsibilities of the fellowship will be managing the annual working group process described above. We expect fellows to dedicate much of their time to that working group project. The rest of the time they will pursue their own research projects, in preparation for their post-fellowship career, while also devoting about one-sixth of their time to organizing and implementing other SPINS activities, including public events and writing for our blog. Fellows are encouraged to attend weekly faculty lunch seminars and participate in activities with the other fellows at Stanford Law School to learn more about their legal scholarship and academic life. For the 2015-2016 fellowship, we will provide fellows with office space, a competitive salary, and a generous benefits package. Applicants should have a JD or other doctoral level degree (MD, PhD) in a relevant area. The expected start date for this fellowship is the start of the academic year (2015-2016) or the summer shortly before the start of the Stanford academic year.
The Application Process
Applicants should submit a CV, contact information for three references, a writing sample, and a discussion of their own planned research (in 2000 words or less) to the Stanford Career website: https://stanfordcareers.stanford.edu/job-search?jobId=66427
Application Deadline: Friday, May 23, 2015. We will choose the fellow based on demonstrated academic merit and on the intellectual strength of their research proposals. Decisions will be made by early June.