PhD Position in Clinical Epidemiology and Musculoskeletal Health

University of Zurich


Department of Chiropractic Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Zurich and Balgrist University Hospital

PhD Position at the intersection of clinical epidemiology and musculoskeletal health

60 % - Full-time 3-year position according to the PhD salary regulations of the University of Zurich.

This PhD position offers a unique collaborative setting within the Department of Chiropractic Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and the Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute (, at the University of Zurich and Balgrist University Hospital (

Balgrist offers a unique setting for the study of musculoskeletal conditions and collaborative opportunities with related disciplines, including rheumatology, orthopaedics, and neurology. The Balgrist Campus offers a modern state-of-the-art work environment, with high level collaborative opportunities within epidemiology and related disciplines at the University of Zurich.

Your responsibilities

Key objectives of the project are to develop and implement a practice-based clinical data registry and prospective cohort study to investigate and improve real-world chiropractic clinical data and outcomes for musculoskeletal health care quality improvement. Within the context of this overall project aim, the successful PhD candidate will be involved in the development of the clinical data registry system, recruitment of patients and project co-management for a prospective cohort study, and do methodological and applied clinical research in the context of the project.

Your profile

To perform successfully, potential candidates should have a strong interest in clinical epidemiology. Experience and knowledge of musculoskeletal health and conditions are a strong asset. Candidates are expected to be able to work independently and in teams and have excellent written and oral communication skills.
Language requirement: English – Proficient oral and written English skills are required.
Main Research Field: Epidemiology
Sub Research Field: Musculoskeletal health
The PhD position is open to applicants of any nationality.

What we offer

We offer a PhD position with varied and interesting work at the intersection of epidemiology and musculoskeltal health in an inspiring and socially relevant environment. Diversity and inclusion are important to us. While working in an international, interdisciplinary and innovative research environment at the University of Zurich and Balgrist University Hospital, the PhD student will be jointly co-supervised by Dr Cesar Hincapié (Department of Chiropractic Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Zurich and Balgrist University Hospital) and Prof Dr med Milo Puhan (Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute, University of Zurich).

The successful candidate will be matriculated and will have a working contract at University of Zurich. He/she will work in Switzerland, in the beautiful City of Zurich.

Place of work

Balgrist Campus, Lengghalde 5, 8008 Zurich, Switzerland

Start of employment

The employment will start in Spring 2020 or by mutual agreement. Please submit your application by 01.12.2019 via the link to the online application tool only. Make sure to select the PhD Program in Epidemiology & Biostatistics as the primary program of interest.

Further information

Dr. Cesar Hincapié DC PhD
Sarah Ziegler PhD


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