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 artificial intelligence, precision medicine, biotechnology and digital health. We are looking for an outstanding postdoctoral researcher to work with Prof. Vayena and her team on a research project examining the legal and ethical challenges related to data sharing in digital health. In particular, the project will explore the applicability of block-chain technology to medical data sharing and its impact on privacy and security. The research project is funded within the Personalized Health and Related Technologies (PHRT) scheme, a strategic focus area of the ETH Domain.
Postdoctoral Researcher working on Information Ethics, Law and Policy with particular focus on data protection and the use of privacy-preserving technology in digital health
As a member of the Health Ethics and Policy Lab, the selected candidate will be in charge of or contribute to the 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 July 1, 2018 (or later).
The position is suited to candidates who have recently completed a doctorate or a post-doctoral appointment in law (especially IT law and biolaw), bioethics, social sciences (e.g. sociology, anthropology, science and technology studies) or related fields. We are looking for candidates with a strong interest in the ethical, legal and social implications of technology; previous experience in areas such as IT law, biolaw, cybersecurity, data protection, privacy (appreciated); demonstrated experience with social science methods (e.g. literature review, qualitative research, privacy impact assessment); 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 CV and cover letter describing why you think you are a good match for this position (maximum one page) until June 1, 2018. In your letter, also include the names of two referees and their contact details. Short-listed candidates will be invited for face-to-face interviews taking place in Zurich in early June 2018. Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

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