The Nuffield Council on Bioethics (NCOB) is an independent body that informs policy and public debate about the ethical questions raised by biological and medical research.

We are looking to recruit a number of new Council members to be part of the deliberative body that drives the intellectual function of the organisation. The main responsibilities of the role are to decide on the future work programme and strategic direction of the NCOB, scrutinise and ensure the quality of reports and other outputs, and make decisions on the membership and function of the organisation. There are also opportunities to become involved in projects such as working groups, workshops and the production of publications.

We are seeking applications for new Council members from a broad range of disciplines and would particularly welcome applicants with experience in the following areas:

  • Medical / biological science
  • Biomedicine
  • Healthcare

Candidates do not have to be directly involved in the field of bioethics, but they should be able to demonstrate an interest and appreciation of the issues. Key qualities include a willingness to contribute to debate in an open and constructive manner.

We welcome applications from non-academics and from people at all stages in their career. We value diversity and are keen to encourage applications from all sections of the community including those from groups that are currently under-represented on the Council. We particularly encourage applications from minority ethnic candidates, those who are LGBTQ+, or who have a disability.

If you are interested in learning more, please see the information pack for further information. Applications should be in the form of a statement of interest which outlines your interest in the NCOB and what you can contribute, a short curriculum vitae, and the names of two individuals we could approach for a comment as to your suitability for membership.

Please apply using our recruitment site. The closing date for submissions is Friday 7 May. Please note that new members will be invited to the Council meeting on Tuesday 20 July.

If you would first like to talk informally about the Council and how it works, please feel free to contact us. Please email Carol Perkins in the first instance

Who belongs on the Council?

Current Council member, Anne Kerr, writes about her experience of applying for and being on the Council.

"Like many academics who are the first in the family to go to University, I still struggle with the occasional pang of imposter syndrome, even although things have moved on considerably since the 1990s. I don’t mind admitting I had to be encouraged to apply for the Council and doubt I would have applied on my own initiative. I approached the interview process with trepidation and worried I did not have the right background or expertise on bioethics. I distinctly remember fretting over whether or not I would be seen as someone who knew how to properly deliberate about contemporary bioethical challenges on the train down to the interview."