Ph.D Position in Internet of things in occupational health
Université de Lausanne
Lausanne, Suisse
vor 21 Std.


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Ph.D Position - Internet of Things (Data Privacy law and Ethics of technology)

An increasing number of organisations invest in biosensors and other wearable computing devices (Internet of Things - IoT) to improve their personnel’s well-being or as means for anticipating potential health and safety risks at work.

The use of IoT at the workplace may be useful if purposefully used. Still, it is not unproblematic since sensors create a massive data trail that organisations may harness and use for purposes other than occupational health or against the

personnel’s good. This position is part of an interdisciplinary project ("Internet of things for occupational health : practical, ethical, and legal Issues") funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

From three perspectives (information systems, legal, and ethical), our aim is to investigate solutions regarding the opportunities and risks when IoT is introduced in the workplace.

The applicant will perform analyses of the legal and ethical issues related to the use of IoT for health

Job information

Expected start date in position : 01.11.2021

Contract length : 4 years

Activity rate : 100%

Workplace : IDHEAP (University of Lausanne) & iEH2 (University of Geneva)

Your responsibilities

We are looking for an enthusiastic doctoral researcher with a background in data privacy law, with a strong interest in the ethics of technology.

The work will focus on privacy-by-design of IoT in occupational health settings. The team research consists of specialists in information systems, law and ethics.

The ideal candidate is sensitive to interdisciplinary work. She-he will focus on law and ethics. She-he will analyse the lawfulness of the use of IoT in the working environment regarding GDPR, ECHR, ILO regulations and other European data law sources and monitor this legal framework.

She-he will evaluate the adequacy of Swiss data protection law to European data protection law. She-he will also explore the ethical issues and dilemmas for employees and managers in resulting the incoherencies between individual values and expectations of the organizational system.

Her-his tasks will involve legal sources analysis, empirical studies and applied philosophy. The PhD student will be co-supervised by a legal scholar, Sophie Weerts, and an ethicist, Christine Clavien and conduct her-his research at the IDHEAP, part of the faculty of Law, Criminal Justice and Public Administration (Lausanne University), and the iEH2 (Geneva University).

Depending on her-his background, the candidate will be integrated in the Doctoral School in Public administration or in the Doctoral School in Biomedical Sciences.

Your qualifications

  • Bachelor in Law and Master degree in Law OR Master in Ethics;
  • Master thesis in Data privacy law or in Ethics of technology;
  • Strong interest in interdisciplinary research;
  • Innovative, accurate, autonomous, reliable and persistent;
  • Fluency in English, and either French or German, both written and spoken, is required.
  • What the position offers you

    A pleasant, multicultural and diversified academic working environment at IDHEAP and IEH2. Great opportunities to extend the academic track record and new contacts on the national and international level.

    Continuing education opportunities, a multitude of activities and other benefits to discover.

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