Careers at UMC Utrecht
Vacancy number: 2021/01314
Apply to: October 24 2021
Education: University
Employment: Temporary position
Full-time/Part-time: 36 - 36 hours

This project is part of the PSIDER Pluripotent Stem cells for Inherited Diseases and Embryonic Research (PSIDER) project “Cardiomyopathies” funded by ZonMw. Our Department participates in three PSIDER projects. You will intensively collaborate with the other ethicists in our Department involved in the PSIDER-projects as well as within the researchers in the PSIDER Cardiomypathy consortium. The aim of PSIDER Cardiomyopathies is by means of prime editing to further develop a cure for the most pathogenic inherited cardiomyopathies associated with Phospholamban (PLN) and Lamin A (LMNA) mutations. These mutations cause severe disease in an important patient population in Europe, with PLN disease in particular highly prevalent in the Netherlands. This project will be heavily embedded within society and in continuous communication with stakeholders including the general public. Part of the ethical work package will be formal scientific research (analysis and evaluation as well as literature reviews and interviews) as well as informal research by means of a documentary trilogy for which the ethics Work Package will provide input. You will publish your results in the form of articles and a PhD-thesis. Apart from research tasks, you will be asked to participate in teaching activities and potentially also in ethical advisory boards or committees. You will take courses yourselves as part of the PhD program offered by the Graduate School of Life Sciences.


You will be appointed at the Department of Medical Humanities, Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care of the UMC Utrecht. Our Department consists of the disciplines medical ethics, medical history, health law, and narrative medicine. We are a team of two full professors, two associate and six assistant professors, and more than 15 PhD students. We participate in various research projects, in teaching and (international) advisory boards and committees. Your supervisors will be dr. Rieke van der Graaf and a newly appointed assistant professor.


You have obtained a Master’s thesis in Philosophy, Ethics, Humanities, Medicine or Life Sciences. In particular you have demonstrated interest in research ethics and/or biomedical innovation. You are able to perform academic ethical research. Experience with qualitative research is an advantage. You are able to collaborate with people from different disciplines. You have good organizational skills. You have excellent didactic, written and verbal English skills. You are willing to obtain these skills in Dutch within two years after the start of the project.

All PhD-students start in OIO-scale 0 (fulltime gross salary €2.495,-)

We believe in the power of a diverse team in which there is room for different skills, expertise, and social and cultural backgrounds. We invite you to respond to this vacancy.

The maximum salary for this position (36 - 36 hours) is € 3.196,00 gross per month based on full-time employment.

In addition, we offer an annual benefit of 8.3%, holiday allowance, travel expenses and career opportunities. The terms of employment are in accordance with the Cao University Medical Centers (UMC).

More information

If you have any questions about this vacancy, please contact Dr. Rieke van der Graaf, Associate Professor Medical Humanities, phone number: +31 88 75 593 05, e‑mail adress:

Acquisition based on this jobopening is not appreciated.


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