Funded 3-year PhD Studentship in Biomedicine, Self & Society - Ethics of Emerging Biotechnologies

The University of Edinburgh - Usher Institute


The Biomedicine, Self, and Society research programme, funded by the Wellcome Trust, brings together social science, law and humanities researchers from across the University. We aim to develop innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to exploring the issues, challenges and questions raised by biomedicine, biotechnology and health care in today's society. Details of the Centre available at

Project areas

We are delighted to offer, as part of the University’s investment in this programme of work, a fully-funded PhD studentship to begin in September 2018 within the Usher Institute. Students will be enrolled on the PhD in Population Health Sciences and supported to develop their own research project within the following broad area:

Ethics of emerging biotechnologies: Project proposals are welcome on a range of topics examining ethical, social and policy dimensions of biotechnology and new modes of biomedicine. Examples include ethics of gene editing; stem cells and regenerative medicine; reproductive technologies; experimental therapies; health and genomic data research; and animal biotechnologies.

Principal supervisor: Dr Sarah Chan (

The PhD student will have a second supervisor and be fully supported in their career and skills development.


We welcome applications from candidates who have a good first degree, and preferably a Masters (or who are studying towards one) in bioethics, medical law or related discipline.

Applicants must meet the entry requirements for acceptance to the University of Edinburgh PhD programme. See:


Studentship covers tuition fees at UK/EU rates (currently £4,195p.a.), additional costs, conference travel of up to £300p.a., and stipend at RCUK rate (currently £14,553p.a.) for 3 years.

This studentship covers UK/EU tuition fees only (any eligible non-EU candidates must fund the remainder of the overseas tuition fee).

Application procedure

Please contact Dr Sarah Chan ( for your area of interest to discuss your research ideas before applying.

Applications should be emailed to Sebastien Georges ( by 5pm on 1st February 2018, with the subject heading ‘Biomedicine, Self & Society studentship application’. Please include:

  • CV (including names of two referees)
  • 1-page research proposal (including the name of your preferred supervisor)

Interviews will be held in Edinburgh (or by videoconference/Skype) and are planned for 1st March 2018.

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