Monday, November 8, 2010

PhD student for Societal Aspects of Biomaterials, Netherlands


Faculty of Science
Maximum Salary: € 2,612 gross/month
Vacancy number: 62.73.10
Closing date: 15 November 2010

Job description

Synthetic biology is an important development in contemporary life sciences. An important feature of novel materials and technologies developed under this heading is 'biomimesis': the tendency to mimic and imitate (at the molecular and micro-level) the materials and technologies nature herself has produced in the course of evolution, enabling us to integrate the bio-sphere and the techno-sphere. Biomimetic micro-devices may be employed for treatment and prevention, but may also open up new pathways for human performance enhancement.

The project consists of three basic steps:

- exploring current developments in the field of biomaterials
- exploring and assessing (in an anticipatory manner) possible societal issues, risks and opportunities concerning biomaterials
- exploring the prospects for optimal embedding of biomaterials

The project focuses particularly on the use of modified viral genomes to produce biochemical substances. In terms of applications, the project focuses on challenges for specialists such as top athletes, professional soldiers and experts treating patients suffering from degenerative diseases.

The project is part of the research programme of the Centre for Society & Genomics (CSG), funded by NGI, and will be conducted in close interaction with the Institute for Molecules and Materials (IMM, Faculty of Science, Radboud University Nijmegen). In terms of methodology, the project involves a combination of desk research, interviews and interaction (e.g. workshops).


You should have a Master’s degree in Philosophy, Bioethics, Science and Technology Studies or Social Science, and an interest in the societal dimensions of contemporary life sciences. You should not only have a talent for research, but also be willing and able to share research results with various audiences.
Research projects of CSG combine conceptual and empirical analysis with normative assessments and interaction. This requires:

- academic skills;
- keeping up to date with important scientific and societal developments;
- willingness to engage in interdisciplinary collaboration;
- willingness to explore innovative interactive methods and to interact with relevant groups and stakeholders during the project (academic peers, scientists, professionals, media);
- communication skills.


The Centre for Society and Genomics (CSG) was established in 2004 and is a national research Centre based at Radboud University Nijmegen (Faculty of Science, Department of Philosophy and Science Studies, Institute for Science, Innovation and Society). Its mission is to understand, assess and improve the interaction between society and emerging life sciences. CSG has developed a coherent programme for research and debate concerning the societal dimensions of genomics and other life sciences developments. Its research portfolio includes 50 research projects, conducted in collaboration with genomics research centres at various universities in the Netherlands, in combination with debates, dialogues and public events. All projects combine research with interaction involving sciences researchers, policy-makers and societal stakeholders. CSG offers an active and inspiring network of junior and senior scholars who regularly gather to exchange experiences and views.

Conditions of employment

Employment: 1,0 fte
Maximum salary per month, based on a fulltime employment: € 2,612 gross/month
The starting salary is €2,042 per month and will increase to €2,612 per month in the fourth year. PhD scale.
Duration of the contract: 4 years.

Additional conditions of employment

You will be appointed as a PhD student for four years. Your performance will be evaluated after 18 months. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years.

Additional Information

Prof. Dr. H.A.E. Zwart
Director Institute for Science, Innovation & Society
Telephone: +31 24 3652038


You can apply for the job (mention the vacancy number 62.73.10) before 15 November 2010 by sending your application -preferably by email- to:

RU Nijmegen, FNWI, P&O, mrs. M. Coppus
P.O. Box 9010, 6500 GL Nijmegen, NL
Telephone: +31 24 3652250

Please kindly mention when applying for this scholarship

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