PhD Student

Last application date
Apr 10, 2020 09:24
GE39 - Department of Public Health and Primary Care
Employment category
Doctoral fellow
Limited duration
Master of Law or equivalent
Occupancy rate
Vacancy Type
Research staff

Job description

Key scientific and digital developments lead to role-changes in healthcare, the proliferation of health-related data and new data protection and research data management frameworks. In view of these evolutions, the recently established METAMEDICA Platform conducts and facilitates interdisciplinary academic research and provides integrated education in health privacy, health law and biomedical ethics relevant for patients, clinicians, policy makers, lawyers, ethicists, and other stakeholders. Particular topics of interest include predictive genetic research, precision medicine, trustworthy AI, big data, and electronic health records. The METAMEDICA platform is hiring 3 PhD students with expertise in the domains of Medical Ethics, Health Law and Health Privacy Law.

PhD student for Health Law will be working on a project with a focus on rethinking the organization of daily care. Technical devices, robots, medical apps, etc. will force the healthcare professional in his daily practice to work in a different way. Increasingly certain tasks will be provided by robots within the medical practice or even at the patient’s home; AI-applications will support the healthcare professional in his decision-support; medicals apps will be the new medicines of the future. Although the sky seems to be the limit, in order for these technological and digital innovation in healthcare to be effective, the current way of organization healthcare needs to be revised. This implies inter alia task shifts for individual healthcare professionals and within healthcare structures, a reimbursement system including these innovations, but also a framework to guarantee the quality and safety of the healthcare provided to the patient. It poses questions regarding responsibility, liability and accountability. This project seeks to determine the new legal framework for the daily healthcare practice in order for the technological and digital innovations in healthcare to be effective, without neglecting the guarantee to provide a qualitative healthcare to the patient.
The research will take place in the stimulating environment of the METAMEDICA platform, the Department of Public Health and Primary Care of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, and the platform of Quality and Safety Ghent.

Profile of the candidate

- You have a passion for research.

- You are willing to familiarize yourself with interdisciplinary methodologies in health law research and the organization of healthcare.

- You are able to work independently and take initiative, yet you are also a team player.

- You speak English and/ or Dutch.

- You have written and oral communication skills in English.

- You possess strong analytical skills.

- You are willing to provide support for the organization of conferences, workshops and meeting of the METAMEDICA platform.

How to apply

Submit the following documents by email to

- Motivation letter

- CV

- A writing sample (publication, research essay, master thesis, …)

- Copy of diploma’s

All required documents need to be submitted, merged in 1 single pdf-file. Top-ranked candidates will be invited for an interview (either on-site or via Skype) in the first week of May.

For inquiries concerning the position contact Prof. Dr. Tom Goffin (