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Expert in ethical, legal and social implications of biomedical research


The Eurac Research Institute for Biomedicine is looking for a highly motivated expert in ethical and legal aspect of biomedical research to join our international team in Bolzano, Italy. The expert will work within the CHRIS-2D project, which has recently been funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

The CHRIS-2D project will be implemented within the Cooperative Health Research in South Tyrol (CHRIS) study, one of the largest longitudinal population-based studies in Italy, which investigates the health of >13,000 participants through a large set of clinical, genetic, and molecular data. By setting up a data portal that provides navigation through CHRIS data and samples in a secure and controlled way that protects participant's rights, the CHRIS-2D project aims at enhancing the quality, integration and usability of the datasets, boosting the potential for innovative scientific research and exploitation of the study.

The successful candidate will work on ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) of the data portal and engage with the local community. The work will be performed within a team of high-profile ELSI experts. She/he will contribute to the ethical and legal framework ensuring the balance between the promotion of broad data sharing and the need to safeguard the privacy, promoting autonomy of research participants.


  • Support building the ethical framework for the data portal
  • Analyse privacy protection and rights of research participants
  • Assist in collecting information, creating written content, editing texts for the policies​


  • M. Sc. or PhD degree or equivalent experience in law, social sciences, philosophy, or bioethics
  • Experience with qualitative and quantitative empirical research methods
  • Interest in ethical, legal and social implication of biomedical research
  • Very good knowledge of German, Italian and English, both orally and written
  • Very good organizational skills and strong ability to work independently
  • A strong team-player willing to lend help to ad-hoc tasks at short notice
  • Experience in project management is an advantage 

We offer:

  • Two-year full-time position
  • A vibrant and collaborative work environment in an interdisciplinary team of software developers and computer scientists, bioinformaticians and biostatisticians, data curators and data analysts, genetic epidemiologists, and ethical and legal experts
  • Opportunity to work at the intersection of ethical, legal and social concerns and the progress of research in the biomedical field
  • An employer that is consistently rated among the best work places in Italy
  • Attractive living conditions and a high quality of life, right at the heart of one of the most exciting mountain regions in the World

How to apply:

Interested candidates should submit their application (CV, cover letter and further relevant documents) by 30.10.2020 to the following address jobs.biomedicine@eurac.edu stating "ELSI Expert CHRIS-2D" and their name as subject:

Eurac Research
Institute for Biomedicine

Via Galvani 31 – 39100 Bolzano
Email: jobs.biomedicine@eurac.edu -- www.eurac.edu
Tel: +39 0471 055 500 / Fax: + 39 0471 055 599

For further information please contact Hagen Blankenburg: hagen.blankenburg@eurac.edu

The CHRIS-2D project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund, program „EFRE 2014-2020", project ID FESR1157. CUP: D54I20001390008.  ​

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