Research Assistant working on Digital Health for the Aging World

WorkplaceZurich, Zurich region, Switzerland


Research Assistant working on Digital Health for the Aging World

The Health Ethics and Policy Lab is a multidisciplinary research group established in 2017 at the Department of Health Sciences and Technology (D-HEST) at ETH Zurich (head: Prof. Effy Vayena ). Our current work focuses on the ethical, legal, societal and policy implications of artificial intelligence, precision medicine, biotechnology and digital health.

Project background

We are looking for an outstanding research assistant to work with Dr. Marcello Ienca on a research project examining the clinical and ethical challenges related to digitalization in the aging world. In particular, the project will explore the applicability of mHealth, artificial intelligence, neurotechnology and other digital health solutions to improve the health and quality of life of older people. The research project is funded by Innosuisse and the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMW).

Job description

As a member of the Health Ethics and Policy Lab, the selected candidate will contribute to ongoing research activities, especially qualitative and quantitative data analysis, literature reviews and meta-analysis. Moreover, he/she will collaborate in the publication of research results. The selected candidate is also expected to help in the dissemination of research activities by collaborating to the organization of academic events. The duration of the position is 6 months with the possibility of extension and the preferred starting date is November 15, 2019.

Your profile

The position is suited to candidates who have obtained or are currently pursuing a master’s degree in medicine, biology, computer science, engineering, psychology, philosophy or related fields. We are looking for candidates with a strong interest in the ethical, legal and social implications of medical technology; experience with social science methods (e.g. literature review, qualitative research, meta-analysis); ability to work independently and to develop respectful working relations with colleagues. Candidates who wish to write a master’s thesis in this area of research are welcome to apply.

Candidates should be fluent in English and German.

ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.


We look forward to receiving your online application including a CV and cover letter describing why you think you are a good match for this position (maximum one page) until October 30, 2019. In your letter, also include the names of two referees and their contact details. Short-listed candidates will be invited for face-to-face interviews taking place in Zurich in early November 2019. Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

For further information about the Chair of Bioethics, please visit our website ?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> . Questions regarding the position should be directed to Marcello Ienca at marcello.ienca [at] hest[.]ethz[.]ch (no applications).


In your application, please refer to and reference JobID 46070.

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