Early-Stage Researcher 14 (ESR14) / PhD student
Ethics OF reproductive genetic technologies
PhD student will carry out her/his doctoral research and training jointly at two degree-awarding universities, and will be awarded a double PhD degree from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) as the main host and the University of Helsinki (Finland) as the co-host.
Universities and research units
A successful candidate will be selected to work on a research project coordinated by the Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Law, an interdisciplinary centre that performs research on ethical and societal issues with regard to innovations in biomedical research and healthcare. The staff members of this center publish their work in international peer reviewed journals, participate in national and international research projects, and provide advice to academic and professional organizations. The co-host - University of Helsinki is Finland’s largest and oldest academic institution with more than 40,000 students and members of staff. It operates on four campuses in Helsinki and in 10 other localities in Finland. The University accommodates 11 faculties, several independent research-oriented institutes, multidisciplinary research networks and campus units.
A PhD researcher will be hired on a project funded through the EU project MATER, a Marie Curie Training Network.
The goal of the project is: (1) To identify, discuss and analyze ethical and policy issues on the use of embryos and gametes for research; (2) To identify, discuss and analyze ethical and policy issues in the application of reproductive genetic technologies such as embryo genetic screening (PGS), embryo genetic diagnostics (PGD) and non-invasive genetic testing (NIPT) in MATER partner countries, in EU and globally. This will be done through a multi-disciplinary lens and by studying the ethical and policy concerns both from a theoretical and from an empirical perspective through interviews with experts and stakeholders (within and outside this project). Special focus will be on societal challenges related to the technological innovations developed through this project.
ESR14 will mostly be hosted by the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), and will be seconded for a shorter period to the University of Helsinki.
A successful PhD candidate should preferably have:
We are offering one full time appointment (100%) as a PhD student for a period of 4 years. The first three years are covered by the Marie Curie ITN project and the fourth year by the hosting research institutes. The starting date is negotiable.
ESR14 will be awarded a PhD by the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) and the University of Helsinki (Finland).
Application through following platform: https://sisu.ut.ee/mater/application
Please add in your application besides the required parts a copy of a recent academic publication or a recent paper or master thesis, as well as the names and contact details of two referees.
Candidates who make the shortlist will be invited for an interview. These may be conducted in person or via Skype.