PhD Student

Last application date
Mar 05, 2021 00:00
RE23 - Department of Criminology, Criminal Law and Social Law
Limited duration
Master in Law or related fields
Occupancy rate
Vacancy type
Research staff

Job description

The PhD student will work on a bilateral (Flanders-Quebec) FWO funded project on the ethical, legal and social aspects of using smartphone crowd-sourced data for biomedical research purposes. Smartphone applications for health are being increasingly used as a platform for collecting and sharing large volumes of crowdsourced personal health data for biomedical research and algorithm training. Consumer genetics products are similarly allowing individuals to have direct access to their own genetic data and to share such data with researchers. Using smartphone and genetic data in these ways presents numerous opportunities to expand biomedical knowledge, though it also raises certain risks. Some of these include risks to personal privacy and risks associated with unclear ethical and legal obligations on the part of app developers and researchers. In this project, we aim to mitigate these risks by determining how smartphone applications and other mobile tools that collect health data work in practice and by addressing legal, ethical, and regulatory uncertainties.

The research will take place in the stimulating environment of the interfaculty METAMEDICA platform, and at the Faculty of Law and Criminology at Ghent University.

The starting date of the phd is negotiable.

Job profile

  • You have a passion for research and possess strong analytical skills.
  • You are willing to familiarise yourself with interdisciplinary methodologies in health privacy research.
  • You have an impressive track record (study results, publications and/or awards)
  • You have ideally existing research experience and educational background in the area of EU data protection regulation.
  • You are able to work independently and take initiative, yet you are also a team player.
  • You have excellent written and oral communication skills in English.

How to apply

Submit the following documents* by email to

  • Motivation letter
  • CV
  • A research proposal (max 500 words) on the topic of the vacancy
  • A writing sample (publication, research essay, master thesis, …)
  • Copy of diploma’s

* Important: All submitted documents must be merged in 1 single pdf-file.