Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Washington, D.C.

Position Description:

A fellowship opportunity for recent bachelor’s or master’s graduates is available within the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

The Bioethics Commission provides advice and counsel to the President of the United States on bioethical issues that emerge as a consequence of advances in biomedicine and related areas of science and technology. Through engaging in original research, holding public meetings, and developing reports and other materials for public distribution, the Bioethics Commission works on identifying and promoting policies and practices that ensure scientific research, health care delivery, and technological innovation are conducted in an ethically responsible manner.

The selected participant will be involved in research, writing, and administrative activities related to bioethics, healthcare, science, and public policy. Team activities may include:

  • research and writing, e.g., briefing memos, bioethics education materials, and external communication materials;
  • meeting planning and support;
  • other research support activities as assigned.

The Research Participation Program for DHHS is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). The appointment is through December 31, 2016. The participant will receive a monthly stipend based on educational level and experience based on the GS-scale. The participant must show proof of health insurance or secure health insurance through this placement. The placement will be full-time at Bioethics Commission staff offices in Washington, D.C., telework is not available. Participants do not become employees of OASH, DHHS, or the program administrator. There are no fringe benefits paid.


  • A master’s or undergraduate degree in science, technology, mathematics, engineering, public health, bioethics, or a related field received from an accredited college or university within the last five years.
  • Experience and interest demonstrated in the field of science, healthcare, and/or bioethics preferred.

How to Apply:

To be considered, please send:

  • A cover letter,
  • A current CV, and
  • One writing sample

to Ms. Esther Yoo at Please put “ORISE Fellowship Application” in the subject line.

Applications will be accepted by the close of business on February 8, 2016.


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