PhD position in paediatric respiratory epidemiology available in Bern

Bern, Suisse

PhD position in paediatric respiratory epidemiology available in Bern

One of our current studies is the Swiss Paediatric Airway Cohort (SPAC), a large multipurpose cohort study of children referred to paediatric respiratory outpatient clinics in Switzerland for common lower respiratory problems such as cough, wheeze or dyspnea (you could find more about SPAC here ). Currently the study includes all major clinics/hospitals in the German-speaking part of Switzerland and as a next step we are ready to expand in the French-speaking part. 


So I am writing to you today, as we have one  open PhD position in paediatric respiratory epidemiology and would like to ask if you have enthusiastic house officers, registrars or medical students who would like to apply. Please circulate to whoever you think might be interested and able.


A short description is below; details are in the attached advertisement. For questions and applications, please get back to us.


With my warmest wishes and thanks in advance, 



One Phd student position.

The PhD students are usually employed for 3 years to learn all the skills for becoming an independent researcher in Clinical epidemiology/Paediatrics/ Paediatric Pulmonology, and to publish at least 4 excellent first author papers in their area. The PhD Student will work on asthma and cough in children seen in tertiary care in Switzerland, using data form the SPAC study.


What we look for: young enthusiastic people with a strong wish to understand why some children fall ill and others do not, and to know what we can do to improve their situation. Ideally the people should have:

–          a medical background; a few years clinical experience in Paediatrics, Paediatric Pulmonology or a comparable field. They will profit much more from the PhD study than new University graduates will do

–          some experience in /or a strong wish to learn complex statistical analysis techniques             

–          independent critical thinking

–          thoughtful and careful work

–          mother tongue French preferred, plus excellent English…


What we offer:

–          a salary according the Swiss  National Science Foundation (about CHF 3500 to 4000 /month for a PhD student; about 7000/month for a postdoc)

–          excellent courses on epidemiology, biostatistics, and clinical and public health epidemiology from the graduate schools of the University of Bern

–          careful personal coaching in all necessary aspects to become a successful independent researcher  in Paediatric Epidemiology

–          Integration in a lively research group with two other postdocs and 3 other PhD students working in Paediatric epidemiology. Be part of  a larger research group (about 30 people) focusing on other paediatric diseases (childhood cancer, cerebral palsy,  growth hormone deficiency, renal failure, etc)PhD student advertisement_asthma SPAC_20190213