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Zürich (Schweiz): PhD position (60%)

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PhD position "Global Issues of Human Reproduction"
60% (full doctorate)

The University Research Priority Program (URPP) "Human Reproduction Reloaded" (2021-2029) explores the rapidly changing medical technology on human reproduction. As part of the strategic orientation of the research conducted at the University of Zurich, this interdisciplinary program aims at researching and analyzing the societal impacts and legal implications of human reproduction. Moreover, it examines the aspirations, limitations and ethical considerations of assisted reproductive technologies (ART). A central concern of the URPP is the promotion of young researchers in this field, which is why several PhD positions are available in various fields of the humanities, social, medical and natural sciences.
This PhD position is part of sub-project 3 "Ethnography of Human Reproduction and Single Case Studies in Threshold Areas", led by Profs. Tanja Krones (Clinical Ethics) and Annuska Derks (Social Anthropology). SP 3 currently consists of 1 Postdoc and 2 PhD researchers. We are now looking to expand the team with a PhD researcher focusing on global issues of human reproduction from an ethical and ethnographic perspective.
For more information on the URPP H2R or sub-project 3 see:

Your responsibilities

  • Supported by the leaders and postdoc of SP 3, you will develop and conduct your own research project on global issues of human reproduction.
  • You write a PhD thesis in the field of Clinical Ethics.
  • You participate in the URPP's events and actively take advantage of the opportunities for interdisciplinary exchange and interfaculty networking.
  • You are able and willing to apply for a third-party-funding for your PhD thesis after a three-year period.

Your profile

Academic profile: Applicants with a master degree in social sciences, clinical ethics or philosophy of medicine are encouraged to apply.
The two most important requirements are: 1) a genuine motivation for the project, and 2) the ability and willingness to work interdisciplinary.
A former academic engagement with the topic of human reproduction and/or global (ethical) issues is desirable. You should be willing to move at least part-time to Zurich, as we expect all PhDs and Postdocs to participate in our research colloquia and URPP activities.
In addition, we expect excellent written and spoken English language skills.

What we offer

The URPP H2R offers you a genuinely transdisciplinary and stimulating work environment, with the highest level of expertise from all areas related to the research question as well as excellent opportunities for networking with both experts and the public. We offer attractive employment conditions (SNF conditions, limited to 3 years), including flexible working hours.

Place of work

Winterthurerstrasse 30, Zürich, Switzerland

Start of employment

Start date flexible, preferably before the end of 2022.
We are looking forward to your application, which should include the following documents (one pdf):

  • Motivation letter and a brief statement of your research interest
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A chapter of your MA thesis as a writing sample
  • Copies of your degrees
  • Contact details of two referees

Please send your documents electronically (one pdf) to: jobs(at)
Deadline: October 1, 2022
Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine / Clinical Ethics Unit, University Hospital Zurich
Winterthurerstrasse 30 / Rämistrasse 100, Zurich

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