Ghent University PhD Research Position

Ghent University PhD Research Position

Ghent University PhD Research Position (Faculty of Law and Criminology)

The Faculty of Law and Criminology at Ghent University is presently seeking applications from exceptionally qualified candidates for a PhD Research Position. The primary objective of this position is to delve into the rights of individuals concerning the secondary use of health data for research, while considering pertinent regulatory frameworks.

The successful candidate for the PhD research position will be associated with the Faculty of Law and Criminology at Ghent University and will also become part of the interdisciplinary Metamedica Platform. For further information about the Metamedica platform, please visit their website at


Job Type: PhD Research Position

Host Institution(s): Ghent University, Belgium


Benefits: 100% Occupancy rate

Application Deadline: May 31, 2023

Slots: Several

Study Level: PhD


Nationality: International Student

DETAILS | Ghent University PhD Research Position

The PhD student will investigate individuals’ rights in the context of secondary uses of health data for research, considering relevant regulatory frameworks. Specifically, the researcher will identify and evaluate relevant provisions in EU regulatory frameworks, including the GDPR, upcoming Data Governance Act, and the European Health Data Space, to enhance individuals’ rights when their data are processed for research purposes. This legal analysis will be grounded in the theoretical framework concerning transparency, fairness, and lawfulness in health data processing.

Eligibility Criteria: To qualify for the Ghent University Faculty of Law and Criminology PhD research position, applicants must meet the following criteria:

• Hold a master’s degree in Law or a relevant discipline.

• Demonstrate a passion for research and possess strong analytical skills.

• Be willing to engage with interdisciplinary methodologies in health privacy research and keep abreast of literature in bioethics, health and data protection law, and health informatics.

• Exhibit an impressive track record, including academic achievements, publications, and/or awards.

• Have the ability to work independently while also being a team player.

• Possess strong organizational skills and meet deadlines effectively.

• Demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills in English.

• Previous educational, research, or professional experience in EU data protection law and/or health law will be advantageous for this position.

Application Procedures

How-to-Apply: To apply for the Ghent University Faculty of Law and Criminology PhD research Job, applicants are required to Submit the following documents by email to Prof. Mahsa Shabani ( and

  • Motivation letter
  • CV
  • A writing sample (publication, research essay, master thesis, …)
  • Copy of diploma’s

Important Note: All required documents should be merged in 1 single pdf-file.

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