How do we get society to think about editing DNA of future generations? Human germline gene editing introduces heritable genetic alterations to ‘the human germline’. It has the potential to impact clinical practice by preventing severe genetic disorders in the embryo, however, it poses all kinds of questions and dilemmas. For example, changes in DNA can be passed on to subsequent generations. Thereby, it has the potential to alter human nature. In a democratic society, this requires public discussion and deliberation. But how do you shape that, and what values are at stake? That's what PRESAGE is all about. PRESAGE (Public Realm Entrance & Societal Alignment of Germline Editing) is an NWO-NWA funded project led by Dr Sam Riedijk. PRESAGE is taking the next step towards harmonizing germline editing and what we value and consider important as a society. The researchers taking part in PRESAGE use innovative methods to shape this conversation, for example, artistic research, constructive journalism, experimental design methods, and more.
This PhD project will be embedded in PRESAGE and entails a collaboration between Amsterdam UMC, Willem de Kooning Academy (Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences), and multiple academic and industry partners. You will be supervised by Prof. Lidewij Henneman, Amsterdam UMC, and co-supervised by Dr. Michelle Kasprzak, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, and Danielle Arets, Fontys University of Applied Sciences.
The selected PhD candidate will curate several artistic interventions intended to stimulate dialogue and deliberation among hard-to-reach communities on the topic of human germline editing. The candidate will evaluate effectiveness for deliberation of several public-facing art works and events, with budgetary and logistical support. The candidate is expected to gather and analyze data and publish papers in international refereed journals, co-authored with PRESAGE researchers. As such, the project features a unique combination of art-science collaborations but also of public engagement and science communication. Are you the PhD student ready to take up this challenge?
The research will be performed with both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. The main tasks and responsibilities for the PhD student will be:
To manage this exciting and challenging project we are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic PhD student with the following characteristics:
You have a clear interest to work in a multidisciplinary team. You will be the bridge between the different stakeholders and organisations participating in the study and are willing to travel regularly within the Netherlands. You are excited to develop your own ideas and discuss these with the team. You have experience managing projects and events, or you are interested in developing this skill.
You will be working at the Department of Human Genetics, section Community Genetics, Amsterdam UMC location AMC and will closely collaborate with the Willem de Kooning Academy and Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. Within our PRESAGE Consortium, led by ErasmusMC, there are strong collaborations with other research groups, but also with other stakeholders such as patient and professional organizations, NEMO, Rathenau Institute and industry.
Working in Amsterdam UMC means working in an inspiring and professional environment where the development of talents and skills is strongly encouraged. We therefore offer you many opportunities for personal development, deepening and broadening, additional courses and a place to grow.
Amsterdam UMC has an open culture. This means that we hope that everyone feels welcome in our organization and that we strive to offer equal opportunities to everyone. We therefore cordially invite all interested parties to respond to this vacancy.
The first round of interviews is scheduled for the last week of August. We ask you to take this into account.
Do you have any questions? For substantive information, please contact Prof. dr. Lidewij Henneman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the application procedure, please contact Tanja Hart, Recruitment Advisor, at 020 444 5635 or email@example.com.
A reference check and screening may be part of the procedure. Read here what this involves. If you will be working for us, we ask for a VOG (Certificate of Good Conduct).
Internal candidates will be given priority over external candidates in case of equal suitability.
Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.