PhD student

University of Bern
June 04, 2023
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PhD student

The Institute of Philosophy is seeking a Doctoral researcher to work on the research project A public policy and ethical analysis of the debate on research with animals in Switzerland.

The research project examines the ethical arguments used in the societal debate and by different stakeholder groups on research with animals and 3R. In addition, it aims to critically assess the 3R approach and to develop a more granular ethical framework to guide research with animals. The project is financed by the SNSF National Research Programme 79 “Advancing 3R” and is implemented by the Ethics and Policy Lab of the Multidisciplinary Center for Infectious Diseases (MCID). The doctoral researcher will collaborate with another doctoral researcher, who will analyse the public discourse from policy perspective. Please find more information on the project under the following link. The PhD position is funded for four years and can start July 1st or by arrangement.


  • Conduct empirical research (media analysis, stakeholder mapping and interviews) and normative analyses on ethical arguments used in the public debate on research with animals using argumentative analysis and reflective equilibrium
  • Publish in international scientific journals and present at national and international conferences
  • Organise and engage in public outreach events to disseminate research results and foster high quality public debate
  • Collaboration in the Ethics and Policy Lab and MCID
  • Requirements

  • Excellent Master's degree in bioethics, philosophy, medicine, veterinary medicine, sociology, public health or a related discipline which is relevant to the project
  • Very good knowledge of empirical research methods
  • Knowledge of argumentative analysis and normative assessments employing a formal model of reflective equilibrium is an advantage
  • Very good knowledge of German and English, written and spoken
  • Team-orientation, commitment, capability to work independently
  • We offer

  • Collaboration in a dynamic, interdisciplinary and committed team with an interesting national and international network
  • Opportunity to write a dissertation on a scientifically relevant topic
  • Possibility to work on other research projects and in teaching
  • Remuneration according to the guidelines of the canton of Bern
  • Interested?

    Please apply with the following documents:

  • Letter of motivation
  • CV with contact details of 2 references
  • Bachelor and Master certificates
  • Sample of scientific writing either in the form of a scientific publication or master thesis / seminar paper
  • Please send your application in one PDF-file by

    4 June 2023

    to: [email protected].

    For questions or to receive more information on the research project, you may contact Dr. Caroline Brall. We are looking forward to your application!


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