Vacancy for Doctoral Researcher in Technology, Ethics and Reproduction



The multidisciplinary Kone Foundation funded research project Technology, Ethics and Reproduction: Controversy in the Era of Normalisation is looking for a Doctoral Researcher (PhD student). This Doctoral Researcher position is available for a fixed-term period of 4 years. The project is based in the Faculty of Social Sciences at Tampere University. The project examines the ethics of reproductive technologies: the multiple forms of ethical evaluation essential to the acceptance, regulation, dissemination, participation in, and marketisation of reproductive technologies. The project consists of five sub-projects addressing different technological practices that are considered either as normalized part of treatments or as ethically questionable technologies. The task of the recruited Doctoral Researcher is to carry out a doctoral dissertation study on the issue of reproductive concerns and treatments for ethnic minorities. More specifically, the dissertation is expected to study reproduction, including reproductive health and assisted reproductive technologies, among to study the either the Sámi or the Roma people using ethnographic methods. The doctoral dissertation will be supervised by the project leader, DSocSci, Docent Riikka Homanen and Dr. Mwenza Blell, who is responsible for the sub-project on ethnic minorities. As the project is international, the official language of the project is English.

The position starts in the beginning of 2020, with the exact date to be agreed.


  • An applicable Master’s degree in social sciences or humanities/arts. A student finishing their Master’s degree can also apply
  • Competence and motivation to pursue independent research as a part of a larger research project
  • Prior knowledge of qualitative research methods
  • Strong Finnish language skills
  • Strong English language skills
  • Familiarity with some or all of the following research areas and topics: health, healthcare, reproduction, reproduction technologies, gender studies, postcolonial research/research on ethnic relations, intersectional research, science and technology studies, research on ethics and morality

In addition, the following aspects are considered as a benefit:

  • Knowledge of ethnographic and interview methods
  • Experience working in a multidisciplinary research settings
  • Knowledge of research on Sámi or (Finnish) Roma/Kale and Sámi/Roma culture/language


The Doctoral Researcher is paid the monthly grant defined by Kone Foundation of 2400 euros (per month). In addition, the project has funds for other research related costs.

How to apply

Please, send your application to Riikka Homanen ( The closing date for applications is 10.12.2019 (at 23:59 EEST). The interviews for selected applicants are expected to take place on December 19th, if at all possible.

Applications should include the following documents in English (in PDF format):

  • Curriculum Vitae including a list of publications (if applicable)
  • Other documents supporting the application (e.g. reference/recommendation from a supervisor or equivalent, copy of master’s degree certificate showing grade, if applicable etc.)
  • In addition, we ask for a brief outline (max. 2 pages) describing how the applicant would conduct a qualitative study exploring the significance of fertility and reproduction in the lives and experiences of the Sámi or the Finnish Roma. In the plan, we ask you to consider about which larger phenomena and questions might be relevant when talking about reproduction and related concerns in the context of the Sámi/Finnish Roma, and how the applicant would study them. Further, how and why ethical evaluation by people in society might be important to study in relation to Sámi/Roma reproduction? The final research plan will be developed jointly by the successful applicant and the other members of the project.

Additional information: Riikka Homanen, riikka.homanen@tuni.fiProject Internet pages