The University Research Priority Program (URPP) “Human Reproduction Reloaded | H2R” explores, as of January 1, 2021 and for maximum 8 years, the rapidly changing medical technology on human reproduction. As part of the strategic orientation of the research conducted at the University of Zurich, this program aims at researching and analyzing the societal impacts and legal implications of human reproduction. This interdisciplinary positioned URPP brings together researchers from six faculties as well as from various disciplines from the humanities, social, medical and natural sciences.

For more information on the topic and the organization, see the following link: H2R.

Your responsibilities

  • Excellent academic credentials (master’s degree or equivalent for PhD position, PhD for postdoctoral position). It is an open call and addresses various disciplines, namely biotechnology and medical ethics, law, sociology, psychology, philosophy, or data science.
  • You participate in the URPP’s events and actively take advantage of the opportunities for interdisciplinary exchange and interfaculty networking.

Your profile

  • Your research should address legal, sociological, medical, psychological or ethical questions raised by genetics in human reproduction, including gene editing, pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, and other possible developments in this fields. The position involves participation in developing and answering research questions within the project’s larger framework of the challenges of human reproduction in contemporary societies.
  • If possible, you are able to show your interest with a corresponding preliminary draft, project outline, or at least by considerations regarding a concrete question in this field.
  • You are able to work in an interdisciplinary and international team; you master English as scientific and working languages; additional language skills, especially in Swiss national languages, are an advantage.

What we offer

  • Focus on the research project and regular feedback from qualified peers and experts from the various fields involved.
  • A stimulating environment with the highest level of expertise from all areas related to the research question as well as excellent opportunities for networking with both experts and the public.
  • Attractive employment conditions (PhD: SNF conditions, both positions limited to 3 years), including flexible working hours.

Place of work

University of Zurich, depending on the discipline

Start of employment

January 2023 or next possible date

Applications should consist of a cover letter, curriculum vitae, sketch of a research idea (1-2 pages), work sample (seminar paper or thesis), bachelor’s and master’s certificates, and official transcripts of records.
Please submit your application documents by November 15, 2022, exclusively electronically and in a single PDF document, to – or click on the “Apply now” button.

Further information

Prof. Dr. Andrea Büchler

phone +41 (0)44 634 48 46


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