PhD Position in Law and Human Genetics

University of Zurich Law Institute


Law Institute (URPP Human Reproduction Reloaded | H2R)

PhD Position in the Field of Law and Human Genetics, Namely on Aspects of Genome Editing and Human Genetics in Reproduction
60 %

The University Research Priority Program (URPP) "Human Reproduction Reloaded | H2R" explores, as of January 1, 2021 and for maximum 8 years, the rapidly changing medical technology on human reproduction. As part of the strategic orientation of the research conducted at the University of Zurich, this program aims at researching and analyzing the societal impacts and legal implications of human reproduction. This interdisciplinary positioned URPP brings together researchers from six faculties as well as from various disciplines from the humanities, social, medical and natural sciences.
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Your responsibilities

  • You write a doctoral thesis in the field of law, in particular the use of genome editing in the context of reproductive medicine and questions of human genetics.
  • 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 two-year period.

Your profile

  • You hold an excellent degree in the field of law.
  • You are interested in researching legal issues of human reproduction, namely the new or future possibilities of medical control and human genetics. If possible, you are able to show your interest with a corresponding preliminary draft, project outline, or at least by considerations regarding a concrete question in this field.
  • You are able to work in an interdisciplinary and international team; you master both German and English as scientific and working languages; additional language skills, especially in Swiss national languages, are an advantage.
  • You are able to work independently, fast, and under pressure.

What we offer

  • Focus on the PhD project and regular feedback from qualified peers and experts from the various fields involved.
  • A stimulating 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.
  • Attractive employment conditions (SNF conditions, limited to 3 years), including flexible working hours.

Place of work

University of Zurich, Rämistrasse, Zürich, Switzerland

Start of employment

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Please submit your application documents by november 1, 2022, exclusively electronically and in a single PDF document, to – or click on the "Apply now" button.

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