Two Postdoctoral positions in Biomedical Innovation Law, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Two Postdoctoral positions in Biomedical Innovation Law, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen

University of Copenhagen, Denmark

The Centre for Advanced Studies in Biomedical Innovation Law (CeBIL), Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, is seeking to appoint a postdoctoral researcher for a fully funded two (2) year period on the CeBIL program and a postdoctoral researcher for a fully funded two (2) year period on the AI@Care project. We are looking for candidates with innovative and original ideas.

The successful candidate can commence from 1st of March 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

About CeBIL  
CeBIL explores the legal challenges and the rapid developments in the biotechnological area. The center brings together scholars from the world’s leading research institutions in interdisciplinary collaboration also engaging stakeholders from industry, government and civil society. The center is structured around several research programs, including the CeBIL program and the AI@Care project.

The CeBIL program examines innovation inefficiencies on life science frontiers through five concrete interrelated studies. The common aim of the five studies is to optimise legal concepts into enabling tools that will help bring novel technologies, research, and biomedicine together for radical innovation. The core aim is to contribute to bridging bio-pharmaceutical innovation gaps, enhancing translational medicine, and promoting technology transfer. Within this context, special focus will also be laid on the impact of emerging digital technologies, big data and artificial intelligence. An overarching study on Policy & Synergy will ensure continuous knowledge exchange and synergy across the five concrete studies:

Study 1: Antibiotics

Study 2: Orphan Drugs

Study 3: Precision Medicine, Big Data & Artificial Intelligence

Study 4: New Uses

Study 5: Drug Manufacturing & Biologics

Study 6: Policy & Synergy

AI@Care: Law and Ethics and Algorithmic Bias in Healthcare conceptualizes and computationally models how bias and discrimination occur within medical artificial intelligence, the reasons for these, and how the problem could be best addressed within enforceable legal frameworks and with reliable technological support to enhance the democratization of medicine.

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Area of Research
Postdoc position 1 (CeBIL programme, two (2) year period): The postdoctoral researcher will be expected to work on Study 6: Policy & Synergy. The CeBIL management reserves, however, the right to recruit candidates for one of the other five studies instead should their academic profile and research plan provide an even better fit for the CeBIL Program as a whole.

Study 6 aims to develop a framework that integrates law, ethical considerations, economics, science, business, and policy to support biomedical innovation. It includes a legal sub-study 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 competition law and ethical considerations, e.g. on patient rights and access to medicines. In that context, this study also considers potential disruptions of the existing biomedical value chains through digitalization and artificial intelligence and assesses the opportunities and risks that these new technologies entail. A question that merits particular attention is: To what extent may digital technologies help enhance innovation, address innovation inefficiencies, and adopt an adaptive governance of the emerging technologies addressed in Studies 1-5 and what are the legal issues? While offering amazing possibilities, there is no doubt that these technologies raise many legal questions with regard to competition law, intellectual property, liability, patient involvement, bias, discrimination, sustainability, data protection,  etc. The successful candidate is expected to focus on this cross-cutting AI dimension of Study 6 in collaboration with senior researchers at CeBIL.

Postdoc position 2 (AI@Care project, two (2)-year period):  The postdoctoral researcher will be expected to work in collaboration with data scientists at Copenhagen University. Postdoc 2 will work on a subproject (subproject 1) aiming to conceptualize the notion of discrimination in human rights law, and to identify its implications in the artificial intelligence area, starting from its application to a specific dataset in Danish context. Besides, subproject 1 investigates how social and structural factors influence algorithms in Denmark and other EU countries. Finally, the subproject explores convergence of interests or inconsistencies between medical AI and human rights promotion in healthcare, and offers recommendations for public healthcare to be human rights compliant and/or proposes legal reforms.

Job Responsibilities 
The successful candidates are expected to play an active role in the daily life of the CeBIL Program. The main responsibilities of the postdoctoral researcher are:

  • develop and execute high-level research projects independently;
  • coordinate development and execution of research projects in collaboration with other CeBIL researchers;
  • develop the academic field to the highest international level, including participation in international seminars and conferences;
  • contribute actively to the work of CeBIL and of the CeBIL research community;
  • participate in knowledge dissemination activities and debate with the general public; and
  • manage and develop research-based teaching with associated examination and administrative duties, including supervision of bachelor’s and master’s students.

The postdoctoral researchers are expected to develop and maintain their competences within teaching and education. Other obligations may be added as stipulated by the faculty. Applicants are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the faculty’s research areas and education programs by visiting the Faculty’s website .

While assessing applications, special consideration will be given to the applicants’ ability to help strengthen the faculty’s research and education programmes – including in subject areas where the faculty currently does not have any appointed staff members. The Faculty actively supports the effort to learn Danish.

Required Qualifications 
The two positions require a PhD or equivalent degree in law or in another social science discipline (provided that the applicant can also document sufficient qualifications in law and experience in legal research). All applicants are expected to be able to use English as the working language (written and spoken). Successful candidates will demonstrate a clear potential to deliver high-quality, peer-reviewed research publications. In the assessment, emphasis will be placed on the applicants’ research and teaching potential as well as their ambition to develop and implement new research ideas, which may have an international impact. Furthermore, the faculty places emphasis on the applicants’ interest in, and preferably prior experience with, collaborative research and teaching activities in an international setting.

In addition, Postdoc 2 requires a strong and documented expertise on the interaction between human rights law and biomedicine. The project also requires that the candidate demonstrate the mastering of comparative methods.

Salary and Terms of Employment 
The postdoctoral positions are full-time temporary appointment for a duration of two (2) years for both Postdoc 1 and Postdoc 2.

The appointment is based on the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (Akademikernes Centralorganisation, AC). In addition to the basic salary, an annual increment of DKK 36.486,86 (as of 1 April 2020) is paid. Furthermore, a total contribution to your pension fund equal to 17.1% of your salary and annual increment is paid.

For further information, please see ‘Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2013’ and ‘Guide to appointment of permanent academic staff at the Faculty of Law’. Both documents are available here.

Application  

Click ‘Apply now’ below to be taken to the online application form. We advise you to have the following eight (8) documents ready before you begin your online application:

  • Cover letter (a one-page document explaining the reasons for applying)
  • Curriculum vitae 
  • Research plan (max. four pages outlining the research to be carried out during the postdoctoral period)
  • Diplomas (including PhD diploma or alternatively a document showing that the applicant submitted a dissertation)
  • Publication list (numbered and with co-author declarations attached, if relevant),
  • Teaching portfolio (including documentation of teaching qualifications as well as a brief statement of the applicant’s teaching visions within the research area)
  • Reference list, if available (please upload under “other relevant material”)
  • Copies of publications (a maximum of five (5) publications, including the applicant’s PhD or JSD thesis and a maximum of one (1) monograph)
  • If citing work where the applicant has been a co-author, a co-author declaration, which addresses the applicant’s share of these works, must be submitted. Material that has not yet been published can be submitted. However, please indicate if this is the case.

In addition to the material which the applicant wishes to be included in the assessment, the Assessment Committee may require further material to assess the applicant. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide such supplementary material, should this be requested.

Application procedure 
An automatically generated message is sent out acknowledging receipt of the uploaded application. Applicants will be kept informed about the process of the application procedure on a regular basis via email. Following the application deadline, the Dean selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an expert Assessment Committee. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee. When the committee has completed its assessment, applicants have the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to them.

Further Information 
For further information about the position’s academic content, please contact Helen Yu at CeBIL: helen.yu@jur.ku.dk

For further information on the process please contact academic officer Pernille Lykke Paulsen at Human Resource: hrsc@hrsc.ku.dk .

Please refer to ID number: 211-0561/20-2I #1

Application deadline 
The closing date for applications is 15 November 2020, 23:59 GMT +1.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. Likewise, incomplete applications (i.e. without all required documents) will be rejected.

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

 

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

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