Research fellowship (post-doc level) at the University of Milan, for a project on The European Health Data Space: Anticipating Ethical, Governance and Socio-Political Challenges.

The project will be conducted under the supervision of Dr. Luca Marelli at the Research Unit in Ethics and Governance of Health Research<>, within the Department of Medical Biotechnology and Translational Medicine - named "Department of excellence" 2023-2027 by MUR (Italian Ministry of University and Research) - at the University of Milan. It will be pursued within a broader international research team with partners from the European Institute of Oncology IRCCS (Italy), the University of Oxford (UK), and KU Leuven (Belgium). The project is funded by the Cariplo Foundation (Social Science Research Grant) and will be conducted in close synergy with the ELSA activities of the Horizon Europe-funded NEUROCOV consortium<>. The research team collaborates closely with leading Italian research hospitals, national and international health research network
 s and think-tanks, government and regulatory agencies. The project is thus expected to advance scholarly debates, through publications in leading international academic journals and participation in national and international conferences, as well as to contribute to policy outcomes.

Project synopsis
The research project is aimed at scrutinizing the impact and anticipating challenges arising from the implementation of the Regulation on the European Health Data Space (EHDS), which is poised to have transformative effects for health research and care systems in Europe (Marelli et al., Health Policy 2023). By means of an interdisciplinary approach based on qualitative research, data governance, and research ethics methodologies, we will engage with key stakeholders in the health and policy domain at the Italian and EU level to probe opportunities and challenges posed by the establishment of the EHDS, while conducting normative analyses to identify socially robust and normatively sound solutions for the EHDS implementation.

- A PhD degree in Science & Technology Studies, Social Sciences, Bioethics, Law, Philosophy, Biomedical Sciences, Medicine, or another relevant degree (PhD level) with a preferred focus on health data governance, Ethical Legal & Social Aspects of health research, societal and stakeholder perspectives.
- Good organizational skills, proactive attitude, can work independently and can embark in interdisciplinary research.
- Excellent social and written communication skills in English and Italian (an extra asset).
- Preferred experience with social scientific methods, such as qualitative methods.
- Ability and flexibility to work in an international interdisciplinary team, while liaising with relevant institutional stakeholders at the national and international level.
- Enthusiastic and committed to advance research on the topic.

The position
A full-time position within an internationally focused interdisciplinary research network - headquartered in the city of Milan - with relevant experience and expertise. For this job, a contract of 18 months is offered, with flexible working conditions and competitive salary.

To apply for this position:

Application deadline is March 7, 2024. For pre-submission inquiries, please contact Dr. Luca Marelli,<>.

Published: 02/19/2024