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Postdoctoral Researcher in ethics of data protection, privacy-preserving technologies, ETH Zurich

Deadline: February 01 2018

Updated: January 09 2018

The Health Ethics and Policy Lab is a multidisciplinary research group established in 2017 at the Department of Health Sciences and Technology (D-HEST) at ETH Zurich. Our current work focuses on the ethical, legal, societal and policy implications of precision medicine, biotechnology and digital health. We are looking for an outstanding postdoctoral researcher to work with Prof. Vayena and her team on ethical and regulatory challenges of data privacy and security in precision medicine.

Postdoctoral Researcher working on the ethics of data protection and privacy-preserving technologies in precision medicine (100%)

As a member of the Health Ethics and Policy Lab, the selected candidate will be in charge of activities related to a newly awarded PHRT research project on Data Protection in Personalized Health ( In this capacity, the postdoctoral researcher will be in charge or contribute to study design, qualitative and quantitative data collection, literature reviews, policy analyses and normative analyses. Moreover he/she will take the lead or collaborate in the publication of research results. The selected candidate is also expected to help in the dissemination of research activities by collaborating to the organization of academic events, by participating in scientific conferences, and by curating content for blogs and social media platforms. The duration of the position is 2 years with possibility of extension and the preferred starting date is April 1, 2018 (or later).
The position is suited to candidates who have recently completed a doctorate or a post-doctoral appointment in social sciences (e.g. bioethics, law, sociology, anthropology, science and technology studies and related fields). We are looking for candidates with a strong interest for the ethical, legal and social implications of technology; previous experience in areas such as personalized medicine, genomics or research ethics, privacy (appreciated); demonstrated experience with social science methods (e.g. literature review, qualitative research); a record of publications in peer-reviewed journals; excellent writing and oral presentation skills in English; ability to work in team and to develop respectful working relations with colleagues.

We look forward to receiving your online application including a cover letter showing why you think you are a good match for this position (maximum one page) until February 1, 2018. Short-listed candidates will be invited for face-to-face interviews taking place in Zurich between February 15 and March 5, 2018. Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

For further information about the Chair of Bioethics please visit our website Questions regarding the position should be directed to Christian Rossi at crossi[at] (no applications).