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Fully Funded PhD Position

University of Copenhagen - Centre for Advanced Studies in Biomedical Innovation Law

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Copenhagen - Denmark
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 11th June 2019
Closes: 15th July 2019

The Centre for Advanced Studies in Biomedical Innovation Law (CeBIL), Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, is seeking to appoint a PhD researcher for a fully funded three-year period. We are looking for candidates with innovative and original ideas, and we strive for excellence in quality and originality.  

The successful candidate can commence from 1 November 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. 

This PhD project is part of a collaborative and interdisciplinary research program that aims to develop new conceptual frameworks to promote biomedical innovation, integrating law, ethical considerations, economics, science, business, and policy. The program involves 5 studies on antimicrobial resistance, new medical uses, biologics, precision medicine and orphan drugs, as well as a 6th synergy study. It is carried out with leading researchers at the University of Copenhagen, Harvard Law School, Harvard Medical School and at the University Cambridge. 

The PhD project will be embedded in a legal sub-study of Study 6 entitled “Towards an Improved and Sustainable Legal Framework for Biomedical Innovation”, which will address the following key research questions: 

  1. What common legal principles can be derived from each of the five concrete studies and how can they be synthesised and organized to form a conceptual framework with a sound underlying legal theory that can be translated into recommendations for new legislation?
  2. How can those legal findings be applied to inform and shape both general innovation policy debates and more specific debates, such as on the role that alternative R&D incentives could play in the raging controversy over the patentability of biomedical products and methods?
  3. What is the proper role for ethical considerations, e.g. on patient rights and access to medicines?

The applicant’s research proposal should focus on selected legal aspects relating to potential disruptions of existing biomedical value chains through digitalization and artificial intelligence (AI), and assess the opportunities and risks of the new technologies. A question that merits particular attention is to what extent may digital technologies help enhance innovation, address innovation inefficiencies, and adopt an adaptive governance approach towards emerging technologies and what are the legal issues? 

The selected legal aspects of digitalization and AI that the applicant could choose from may range from intellectual property, liability and patient involvement, bias, discrimination, competition law aspects etc. 

Terms of employment  

The successful candidate will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations and the Ministry of Finance concerning the salary of PhD students, will receive a regular monthly salary in accordance with Danish law and will be entitled to an annual research budget. 

General information  

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Closing date for applications  

The closing date for applications is 15 July 2019, 23:59 GMT +1

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