PhD Opportunity in Biomedical Ethics

The Institute for Biomedical Ethics at the University of Basel (IBMB), Switzerland ( ), is dedicated to research and teaching of biomedical ethics at the Medical and Science Faculties. We are currently looking for three dynamic and independent graduate students (Master's degree) or medical doctors who are interested in carrying out their PhD work in biomedical ethics. The projects for which we have funding focus on ethical issues related to "Digitalization in Healthcare" as part of Swiss National Science's National Research Program 77 "Digital Transformation".

Position Available starting: April and May 2020
Length of PhD Program: 3 years

Your profile

  • Master's degree in law, bioethics, medicine, science and other related fields.
  • Excellent language skills in English and German
  • Ability to speak and understand French is highly desirable.
  • Willingness to contribute towards an empirical project.
  • Interest in the topic of digitalization and its impact on healthcare and society.
  • Outstanding Master's and Bachelor's academic grades.
  • Enthusiasm, responsibility and interest in an academic career.
  • Ability to implement an already designed research project.

We offer you

  • Enrolment in a Swiss Bologna accredited PhD Program in Bioethics, Health Policy and Legal medicine.
  • Students will complete empirical methods courses as part of the PhD Program in order to successfully conduct their PhD Project.
  • Students will have the opportunity to engage in a cutting-edge topic of ethics and digitalization.
  • Students will also have the possibility to contribute to the academic life at the IBMB, including contributions to teaching, as well as collaboration in other research projects and academic publications in peer reviewed journals.


The University of Basel is the oldest Swiss university with a long tradition in ethics and the humanities. It has a long-standing reputation in outstanding research and teaching. Doctoral candidates at the University come from many international countries providing a vibrant and rich community. More information about the University is available at . The city of Basel is a global centre for biomedical research with major academic institutions and research departments of leading life science companies. Basel is a multicultural city and ranks among the best in terms of quality of life.

Application / Contact

Please send your application electronically as a single pdf to PD Dr. Tenzin Wangmo: This document should include a short letter of motivation indicating your interest in the topic, CV with publication list, academic grades and contact information of up to 3 references. The deadline for submission is 31.01.2020.

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