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Postdoctoral researcher

fixed-term 36 months, 100%


The Institute of Ethics, History and Theory of Medicine at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University
in Munich invites applications for the following position to be filled as of 1. April 2018 or later:
postdoctoral researcher, fixed-term 36 months, 100%.

The project

The research position is available within the research group “META – mHealth: Ethical, legal
and societal aspects in the technological age”. The international and interdisciplinary project
investigates and evaluates ethical, legal and societal aspects of mobile health
technologies (e.g. health apps, wearables) from an individual, population and global
perspective. The project is funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Your tasks

The primary task is a philosophical analysis of norms and values in relation to mobile health
technologies, and a normative discussion of the impact of these technologies on individuals
(primary focus) and on society. The results shall lead to international, peer-reviewed
publications. Furthermore, you will be involved in the project management, PhD supervision,
development of an educatory website and other strategies of dissemination, transdisciplinary
communication and outreach. Participation in meetings and seminars as well as overall
collaboration and exchange within the META-project are required.

Your profile

● Doctoral/PhD-degree in a relevant academic discipline (e.g. philosophy)
● Broad expertise in ethical/normative analysis
● Interest in embedding philosophy in societal context
● Scientific ambition, strong analytical skills, enthusiasm and the ability to work collaboratively
● Spoken and written fluency in English
● Knowledge of German is an advantage
● Demonstrated interest in questions of justice and vulnerability; global and public health;
health technology/mHealth is an additional asset

Our offer

We offer an exciting research experience in an innovative project at the intersection of health,
technology, philosophy, social science and law. The work atmosphere is welcoming and
supportive. The post holder will work in an interdisciplinary team at the Institute of Ethics,
History and Theory of Medicine ( in the beautiful city
of Munich, at one of the most prestigious universities in Germany and in exchange with
national and international partners at other leading research universities. The salary will be
according to TV-L (100%). Part time is possible. The position is for an initial fixed-term of 36

Please send your application (inc. cover letter, CV, list of publications, 1-3 relevant writing
samples) by 28. Feb 2018 electronically as a single pdf file with the subject matter
“Application META” to Sigrid Detschey:

For further information please contact the project leader PD Dr. Verina Wild: