PhD Student

Last application date
Apr 10, 2020 00:01
RE23 - Department of Criminology, Criminal Law and Social Law
Employment category
Doctoral fellow
Limited duration
Master in Laws or related fields
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 Privacy Law will be working on a project with a focus on principle of transparency in health data processing. Development of new diagnostics tools, therapeutic devices and drugs are increasingly supported by collection and access to clinical, research and Real-World Data (RWD). Processing of personal data may fall under various lawful grounds such as consent, public interest or legitimate interest, and should be in compliance with the principles of data protection including “lawfulness, fairness and transparency”. Regardless of what is considered as the lawful basis for processing data, the principle of transparency in data protection requires data controllers to provide data subjects with adequate information about various aspects of processing. However, the questions remain about the best practices in communication of relevant information to the patients and the individuals in order to both fulfill legal requirements and meet the expectations of data subjects in this regard. In this research project, the PhD student will study the associated legal, ethical, and technical challenges regarding enhancing transparency in processing health data, and assess the adequacy of the relevant policies and mechanisms. Based on the results of this project we aim to develop recommendations to foster transparency around processing of health data for public and private scientific research. The research will take place in the stimulating environment of the METAMEDICA platform, the Department of Criminology, Penal Law and Social Law and PIXLES platform.

Profile of the candidate

- You have a passion for research.

- You are willing to familiarize yourself with interdisciplinary methodologies in health privacy research.

- You have an impressive track record (study results, publications and/or awards)

- 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.

- 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. Start date is negotiable. For inquiries concerning the position contact Prof. Dr. Mahsa Shabani (