Research Associate, Department of Bioethics


This RA’s primary responsibility will be to conduct, manage, and coordinate the research programming of the Center for Biomedical Ethics (CBME). The RA will specifically conduct research in the ethics of correctional medicine and Institute of Burn Ethics (IBE) projects. Research support activities will include the incorporation of literature search results and data analysis and research design language into proposals, as well as the construction and administration of surveys.  The RA will prepare all first drafts of manuscripts and grant proposals.

In addition, this RA will participate in other activities of the CBME, including Ethics Committee meetings, ethics education (e.g., Bioethics @ Noon), undergraduate and graduate Bioethics programs, medical student ethics education, and other professional activities as directed by the Director or Co-Director of the CBME or the Chair of the Bioethics Department. This person will assist with teaching on multiple levels.




1.       Identify funding opportunities for proposals involving bioethics, burn ethics, and correctional medicine.

2.       Support faculty by incorporating literature search results and language relating to data analysis and research design into proposals.

3.       Conduct interviews and focus groups to gather pilot information for research proposals.

4.       Represent the CBME at ethics committee and IRB meetings, and possibly serve as a member of the IRB.

5.       Provide teaching assistance in undergraduate, graduate, and medical student ethics education programs. Participate in resident, nursing, staff, and faculty education programs.

6.       Construct and administer surveys for research projects.

7.       Prepare and submit IRB protocols and grant proposals.

8.       Draft manuscripts for publication.



1.       Perform literature searches.

2.       Recruit speakers for ethics education programs and organize schedules for lecture series.

3.       Perform other duties as assigned.


CONTACTS This section is important in rating the position, so please give it thought and consideration when developing the position description. Indicate who the incumbent will have contact with (i.e., department staff, students, potential donors), the frequency (i.e., infrequent (up to 5%), occasional (6-15%), moderate (16-30%), regular (31-45%), frequent (46-65%), and continuous (66+%) and for what purpose (i.e., provide information, resolve complaints, solicit donations).

Department: Frequent contact with Co-Director of the CBME, faculty and staff of Department of Bioethics, particularly Senior Research Associates.

University: N/A

External: Moderate contact with grant funding organizations, the Cuyahoga County Correctional Center, American Burn Association, American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, and AAMC in relation to funding opportunities, presentations at meetings, and conduct of research.

Students: Frequent contact with undergraduate, graduate, and joint MD/MA Bioethics students.






Experience: At least 5 years of research and grant writing experience; training in data analysis

Education/Licensing: Master’s degree in relevant discipline (including, but not limited to, bioethics, public health, sociology, anthropology).  Some PhD coursework is desirable, but not required. In Bioethics, a Master’s degree can be considered a terminal degree.



Expertise in research and grant writing;

Superior organizational skills;

Excellent interpersonal skills.



The applicant will work primarily in a hospital/university office with access to a computer, printer, copy machine, etc.


Qualified applicants should send a CV and proof of a terminal degree to Barb Juknialis at


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