The Institute for Biomedical Ethics (IBMB) and the Swiss Tropical & Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) at the University of Basel, Switzerland are pleased to launch a unique PhD opportunity in Public Health Ethics. For this collaborative effort, we seek two excellent and highly motivated doctoral students to embark upon a PhD project related to multi-center clinical trials in Africa. Emphasis will be placed upon ongoing and/or prospective clinical trials on Malaria, Tuberculosis, or HIV-AIDS. The goal of this PhD project would be to investigate ethical issues associated with large scale clinical trials in the African continent.
Available: Summer or Fall 2013
Length of PhD Program: 3 years
MA or MSc in social sciences with an interest in ethics and public health. Excellent academic grades/evaluations.
Ability to design a PhD research project. *Students will be first hired for a period of 6 months during which they will design their research proposal. Upon successful completion and evaluation of the research proposal, students will begin their PhD work.
Selected students must be willing to travel for long periods (3 – 6 months).
Students are expected to be fluent in English, as it is the language used by IBMB and Swiss TPH. Additional languages, particularly French, German, and/or Swahili would be a plus.
Enthusiasm, responsibility, independence, and interest in an academic career.
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 biomedical ethics, public health ethics, and research ethics.
They will also have the possibility to contribute to the academic life at the IBMB and Swiss TPH, including small-scale contributions to teaching and academic publications in peer reviewed journals. They will...