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Funded 4 year PhD position

Funded PhD position (4 years): Research Ethics and Research Integrity

Institute of Ethics, Dublin City University

Deadline for applications: 15 April 2017 (Remains open until position filled)

Supervisor: Professor Bert Gordijn, Director of DCU Institute of Ethics.

The PhD is funded by the EnTIRE project (Horizon 2020; Call: H2020-SwafS-2016-17; Science with and for Society). Funding is available for a PhD student for 4 years, to cover university fees and an annual tax-free stipend of €16,000.

Focus of the PhD

The changing scientific environment puts researchers under more and more pressure: publication pressure, reducing research funds, public pressure to justify spending public research budgets and promotion of public-private partnerships. Together these external factors can ultimately lead to a research environment where ethical norms may lose out to other norms and so-called questionable research practices arise. In addition, new areas of research are emerging where the ethical norms themselves are blurred and need to be clearly stipulated and substantiated to begin with. In response to these changing research environments, the areas of Research Ethics and Research Integrity (RE+RI) are rapidly evolving. Against this backdrop the PhD research will tackle one of the emerging normative issues in the RE+RI arena (depending on the specific interests of the PhD student). It will develop and apply an appropriate normative framework in order to analyse the issue at hand, and come up with normative recommendations as to how to handle the issue. For more information see here.


Please email a cover letter, a CV, a writing sample and the contact details of two referees to professor Bert Gordijn ( For all further informal enquiries, please contact professor Bert Gordijn. There will be a screening and interview process.