Director and Full Professor in Epidemiology

Bern, (CH)
26 Jun 2017
24 Jul 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

The Faculty of Medicine at the University of Bern is one of five medical faculties in Switzerland. The Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM) is a leading institute in the faculty, with an outstanding national and international reputation for excellence in research, methodology and teaching. ISPM aims to advance and disseminate knowledge to improve health and the prevention of disease in the population as well as in specific patient groups. Education, training, continuing professional development and the training of specialists in Public Health are integral to the ISPM’s mission. The research of the ISPM influences health strategy at cantonal, national and international levels.

The Faculty of Medicine is seeking to appoint a Director and Full Professor in Epidemiology and Public Health at the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM) to begin on 1. January 2018 or upon agreement. 

The new director will be an innovative, authoritative and visionary leader in epidemiology and public health. S/he will have an outstanding, internationally recognized reputation in research and teaching and a strong record of attracting competitive research funding from national and international funders. S/he will have broad methodological expertise as well as expertise and a strong portfolio of ongoing research in his or her specialist area. The successful applicant will also support patient-oriented clinical research at the University of Bern and the University Hospital (Inselspital) through close collaboration with the Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) and the Bern Institute of Primary Care (BIHAM).

Management of the ISPM requires managerial experience and the capacity to promote and support productive collaborations across research groups. Strong communication skills are expected. Knowledge of the german language is desirable but not a fundamental requirement. A degree in medicine is not essential.

The habilitation, or an equivalent academic qualification, is required. Didactic competence in teaching and a strong commitment to the promotion of young talent complete the requirement profile. The Faculty of Medicine strives to increase the number of women in the teaching staff and therefore encourages female candidates to apply. 

For more information, please contact the president of the selection committee, Prof. Stephan Windecker, Director and Chief Physician in the Department of Cardiology at the University Hospital (Email: 

Applications must be submitted electronically no later than 2. August 2017 to the Office of the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Bern at

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