Ongeveer 16 uur geleden - Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA) - Amsterdam
The Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics (KdVI) at the University of Amsterdam invites you to apply for a postdoctoral position in the area of quantum …
We are looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to work on a multidisciplinary project, funded by the NWO-MVI responsible …
We are looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to work on a multidisciplinary project, funded by the NWO-MVI responsible innovation programme, examining the ethical, societal and governance implications of applying gene editing techniques to animals and animal breeding. Recent gene editing techniques - such as CRISPR/Cas9, TALENS and "zinc fingers" - are showing signs of being cheaper, faster, more accurate, and more widely applicable than older rDNA techniques because of their ability to cut and alter the DNA of any species at almost any genomic site with ease and precision.
Applications of animal gene editing techniques are many, varied and rapidly evolving, ranging from applications that promise benefits in welfare, to benefits in disease resistance and to feed efficiency. While the technology of gene editing promises significant benefits, this promise will not be realised unless the technology is firmly and fully embedded in society. New genetic technologies have an uneven past in this regard with previous innovations - particularly those involving the genetic modification (GM) of plants for commercial application - being all too often deeply mired in controversy, misunderstanding and polemic. Unless we learn how to embed gene editing technology in society, and to understand why a number of previous innovations in the new genetics have failed to do so, we risk the possibility that new genetics-based innovations in the animal sciences (and beyond) may continue to evade policy resolution, and generate further controversy, misunderstanding and polemic.
Through the project we aim to become the leading centre for interdisciplinary research on the social, ethical and governance dimensions of animal gene editing technologies, shaping the debate on how the technology can be embedded in society, and on how reflexive corporate and scientific cultures can be best developed and propagated. We develop a responsible innovation approach to animal gene editing that will guide the responsible development of the technology and support responsible decision-making at the level of academic research, breeding companies and governments.
You will be one of two postdocs (the other is an ethicist working out of the Ethics Institute at Utrecht University) working with beta (natural) scientists, social scientists and ethicists aiming to understand, anticipate, reflect and respond to ethical and societal concerns. To take up this position you must have a passion for working on the societal and ethical challenges posed by new and emerging technologies. Your tasks will include an analysis of the benefits, challenges, risks and uncertainties of genome editing and its application to animals (workpackage 1), undertaking a public dialogue on animals and genome editing (workpackage 2), and exploring ways to integrate social and ethical dimensions into scientific and corporate research practices (workpackage 3).
We are searching for a highly motivated and enthusiastic postdoc who should have: