Last application date: Nov 07, 2021 00:00
Department: LW01 - Department of Philosophy and Moral Sciences
Contract: Limited duration
Degree: Master level in Philosophy, in Moral Sciences or equivalent
Occupancy rate: 100%
Vacancy type: Research staff
We are recruiting a PhD student to work on the ERC-funded DIME project “Disruptive innovation in healthcare requires disruptive innovation in medical ethics”. You will be working with the PI, 1 post-doctoral researcher and another PhD student.
The project studies how several recent medical innovations do not conform with the way medicine traditionally operates. These innovations, oftentimes based on AI and big data, rather blur the boundaries of medicine and/or side-line the traditional doctor-patient relationship. Examples of this are health apps, direct-to-consumer genetic testing, disease surveillance, electronic patient records, telehealth and certain types of clinical decision support systems. The project postulates that several of these innovations may change the concept of medicine and thus turn out to be disruptive innovations.
Given that medical ethics is tailored to ‘traditional’ medicine, we should be critical about its current ability to cope with these changes, and investigate whether it is sufficiently equipped to deal with such disruptive innovations in healthcare.
An important aspect of these developments is the way in which disruptive innovations in healthcare may induce shifts in responsibilities, with possibly important legal and ethical implications. We are hiring 2 PhD students to investigate these challenges.
Your main research objective will be to critically analyze these shifting moral responsibilities in healthcare as a consequence of disruptive innovations, with a two-fold focus on (A) responsibilities shifting from healthcare professionals to non-medical players and (B) responsibilities shifting from healthcare providers to data collectors.
As regards the former, the introduction of computerized medical devices, including AI technologies, is of great importance and has led to a partial shift in responsibilities from physicians to tech companies. In the light of this, questions arise whether medical professionals’ responsibilities can/should be outsourced to machines and how this may impact physician-patient relationships. Similarly, questions will have to be answered about the responsibilities that come with large scale data collection, which underlies many disruptive innovations. Those collecting and distributing health-related data (possibly commercial companies) carry an enormous responsibility regarding the impact such data can have on individuals and society, and calls for reflection on modalities of individual and collective oversight.
The other PhD student that will be hired on the DIME project, will be working on two similar, closely related objectives.
Please put ‘DIME PhD 2’ in the email subject line.
If you apply for both positions, please specify in your motivation letter which of both topics appeals to you most and why.
All required documents need to be submitted, merged in 1 single pdf-file.
Top-ranked candidates will be invited for an interview (either on-site or online) in the course of November-December.
For inquiries concerning the position, contact Prof. Dr. Heidi Mertes (Heidi.Mertes@UGent.be)
|Title||PhD Student - Department of Philosophy and Moral Sciences|
|Job location||Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 33, 9000 Gent|
|Published||September 16, 2021|
|Application deadline||November 7, 2021|
|Job types||PhD  |
|Fields||Aesthetics,   Epistemology,   Ethics,   Metaphysics,   Logic,   Applied Philosophy,   Philosophy of Science,   Social and Political Philosophy  |