PhD Opportunity in Biomedical Ethics Institute for Basel, Switzerland

The Institute for Biomedical Ethics at the University of Basel, Switzerland (IBMB) is dedicated to research and teaching of biomedical ethics at the Medical and Science Faculties, as well as the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering (a Basel based department of the ETH Zurich). We have a vacant PhD position for a SNF funded project concerning ethics of emerging biotechnologies. For this position, we are looking for an enthusiastic graduate student to study ethical problems associated with first in human trials, synthetic biology, and nanomedicine.

Position Available: September 1 or October 1, 2013

Length of PhD Program: 3 years


    • Excellent Master’s degree academic grades/evaluations.  Position is open to all fields.
    • Enthusiasm, responsibility, and interest in an academic career.
    • Ability to design a PhD research project and to work independently.
    • Applicants are expected to have excellent language skills in both German and English.
    • Those with prior experience or knowledge of research methods/ Nanoscience / Synthetic Biology are strongly urged to apply.

We offer: Students will complete empirical methods courses as part of the PhD program in order to successfully conduct their PhD Project. Students will gain knowledge and understanding of bioethics, biomedical ethics, and research ethics. They will also have the possibility to contribute to the academic life at the IBMB, including small-scale contributions to teaching, as well as collaboration in research projects and academic publications in peer reviewed journals. Enrollment in a Swiss Bologna accredited 3 year PhD program in biomedical ethics (in English).

Application Submission: Please send your documents electronically as a single pdf  to Dr. Wangmo at This document should include your letter of motivation, CV with publication lists and other academic information, academic grades, and addresses of up to 3 references, and should be sent no later than August 15th, 2013 (please contact us if you need an extended deadline).

DEADLINE: Thursday, August 15th, 2013

LOCATION: Institute for Biomedical Ethics Basel, Switzerland

CONTACT: Tenzin Wangmo

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