The University of Luxembourg is looking for a doctoral researcher to work on a 3-year interdisciplinary PhD project entitled “Informed consent solutions for next generation genome services”

The project is part of an industrial partnership between the University of Luxembourg and Megeno S.A., a Luxembourg-based genomic company.

The doctoral researcher’s objective will be to contribute to the design of user-friendly tools that help individuals make informed decisions around storing their genome data for future re-uses. Such informed consent tools should meet various ethico-legal requirements surrounding the (future) use of personal genomic data, while at the same time taking into account informational needs and preferences of individual users.  Accordingly, the candidate will carry out empirical research to identify user needs and preferences with the aim of reconciling them with the broader ethical and legal requirements. The candidate will subsequently help design and construct innovative tools to enable a user-centric, ethically sound, and legally compliant consent solution in genome data use.

The ideal candidate will have:
– Solid background in social sciences, including a good working knowledge of qualitative and quantitative empirical research methods
– Demonstrable interest in genomics, medical data governance, or data privacy-related matters
– Familiarity with user experience (UX) research in the context of software development (practical experience with conducting a UX study is a strong plus)
– Basic understanding of the user-centric digital design process, particularly approaches used to promote transparency by design and privacy by design

The PhD project is expected to start in January 2021. As applications are considered on a rolling basis, applying early is strongly encouraged.

Additional information about the vacancy, including instructions for applicants, can be found on this page