Chairperson of the BMJ Ethics Committee

London (Central), London (Greater)
05 Jul 2018
03 Aug 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Contract

We are looking for a new chairperson for the BMJ Ethics Committee since the current chairperson, Professor Marion McMurdo, is stepping down after 3 years.

The committee, which was set up in 2000, looks at a range of ethical issues that occur at the junction between research ethics, the ethics of medical publication, and broader ethical issues that arise in the work of the BMJ. Specifically it helps BMJ editors with difficult cases; reviews and develops editorial policies; and advises on the BMJ’s coverage of ethics.

The chair will serve a three year term, renewable for two further years, starting at the beginning of 2019.  Applicants should be either medically or ethically qualified, and they must be able to demonstrate an interest in and understanding of ethics and ethical approaches to problems and dilemmas arising in medical research and publication ethics; an interest in the processes of publication; and skill as a chairperson.

The committee currently has 9 members with ethical, legal, clinical and research backgrounds, and it meets 3 times a year.  All meetings take place at the BMJ offices in central London, and each meeting lasts at least three hours.  Committee members are not remunerated but economy travel expenses will be paid.

Applications for chairperson should email their  CV together with a covering letter stating why they would like to chair the committee and what they would bring to the role to Julia Burrell by clicking the apply button.

Closing date is Friday 3 August 2018

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