PhD in Bioethics: Institute for Biomedical Ethics, Geneva University Medical School

Philosophy PhD position in Bioethics

Within the project /ENABLE – /Protecting Vulnerable Persons in Health Care (supervisor: Samia Hurst), the Institute for Biomedical Ethics at the University of Geneva Medical School is opening one PhD position for a philosophy doctoral candidate. This project is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

In collaboration with the project supervisor and within an interdisciplinary team, the successful candidate’s work will explore how
vulnerability in health care can be defined analytically, as well as sources of claims for protection of the vulnerable, how convincing they are, and what effect their validity may have on fairness in resource allocation decisions. Projected duration for this position is four years. Salary is according to the University of Geneva scale (A2 assistant, 70%, approx. 46,000 CHF per annum the first year). Within this time frame, the successful candidate will be expected to complete a PhD thesis in philosophy under the (co-)supervision of Bernard Baertschi, on a topic broadly within the area of normative ethics and/or applied ethics.

The ideal candidate should have a Master’s degree in philosophy or equivalent, including courses in bioethics, normative ethics, applied ethics, and/or political philosophy, and at least intermediate mastery of written English.

Please send your CV, a writing sample, and letter of motivation to:

Deadline:  August 15th 2009

Any relevant publications (max. two) should be attached to the application and will be considered an asset.

Interviews will be held in September.


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