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Postdoctoral Researcher working on bioethical issues in regenerative medicine

100%, Zurich, temporary

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 biotechnology, precision medicine, artificial intelligence and digital health. We are looking for an outstanding postdoctoral researcher to work with Prof. Effy Vayena and Dr. Alessandro Blasimme on a collaborative project between our lab and the SNF-funded National Center of Competence in Research on Molecular Systems Engineering (NCCR-MSE). Our work will revolve around ethical and regulatory issues in the clinical translation of innovative regenerative medicine.

Project background

Molecular Systems Engineering is a National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), and headed by the University of Basel and the ETH Zurich. This NCCR combines expertise from chemistry, biology, physics, bioinformatics, and engineering. The overreaching aim is to develop tools and devices to monitor and manipulate off-equilibrium (bio)chemical systems. These may find applications in the synthesis of high added-value products, as innovative diagnostic tools and for the restoration of a desired cellular or organ function.

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Job description

As a member of the Health Ethics and Policy Lab, the selected candidate will work on ethical and regulatory issues in innovative forms of regenerative medicine. This represents a unique opportunity to develop hands-on expertise in a cutting-edge area for bioethics and to pioneer normative analysis of transformative biotechnologies. He/she will be in charge of, or contribute to study design, data collection, policy analyses and normative analyses. Moreover, he/she will take the lead or collaborate in the publication of research results. He/she is also expected to help in designing teaching modules, collaborating to the organization of academic events, participating in scientific conferences, and curating content for blogs and social media platforms.

The duration of the position is 2 years – with a possibility to extend it by additional 4 years. The preferred starting date is October 1, 2020.

Your profile

The position is suited to candidates who have recently completed a doctorate or a post-doctoral appointment in bioethics, social sciences, life sciences or related fields. We are looking for candidates with:

  • a strong interest in the ethical, legal and social implications of biomedicine and biotechnology
  • previous research experience in areas such as gene therapy, cell therapy, tissue engineering, genetic engineering and translational medicine
  • experience with qualitative research methods (appreciated)
  • experience in teaching to students with a scientific background (appreciated)
  • a good record of publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • excellent writing and oral presentation skills in English
  • ability to work independently on assigned tasks delivering high-quality results to direct supervisors.

ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.
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We look forward to receiving your online application by August 15, 2020

Please include:

  • a cover letter describing why you think you are a good match for this position (maximum one page)
  • a full CV
  • full list of publications
  • the names and contact details of at least two references

Short-listed candidates will be invited for face-to-face interviews taking place in Zurich. Virtual interviews can also be arranged. 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 Alessandro Blasimme at (no applications).

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