PhD Position in Informing the Management of the Pandemic Through Large-Scale Epidemiologic

University of Zurich


Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute (EBPI)

PhD Position in Informing the Management of the Pandemic Through Large-Scale Epidemiologic

60 % (full-time doctorate)

The EBPI improves, implements, and teaches best practice research methods in epidemiology, biostatistics and related areas, providing evidence and context for informed health decisions.
You will have the opportunity to work on both running and new studies. Running studies include the twin cohort studies Zurich Coronavirus Cohort and Zurich Coronavirus Vaccination Cohort that study the evolution and maintenance of the immune response after an infection or vaccination, respectively, and all combinations thereof over time. The cohort studies focus on additional aspects of the pandemic including Long Covid, (re-) infection etc and contribute to the Immunosurveillance in Switzerland and to the EU project CoVICIS You will contribute to the analysis of data, be involved in the daily running of the studies and get insight into science to policy transfer of knowledge as part of the Swiss Learning Health Systems. Also, you will be involved in setting up new studies, for example in randomized trials of treatments for Long Covid.

You will follow the structured PhD program in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, which is a PhD program of the Life Science Zurich Graduate School. You also be a PhD scholar of the Swiss Learning Health System, an interuniversity program supported by the SBFI. The PhD study usually takes 3 to 4 years to complete. The goal of the program is to train PhD students both as content experts for specific topics and as methodologists with specialized skills in designing, conducting and analyzing studies in a biomedical research context. Students acquire core competencies either in epidemiology or in biostatistics, and competencies specific to the respective field of research.

Applicants should hold a master's degree (MSc) in epidemiology, biostatistics, medicine, biomedicine or another academic discipline suitable for the given topic, and acceptance to the PhD program in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. We require excellent quantitative skills with a focus on methodology, suitable medical or epidemiological background knowledge and an interest and ability to rapidly acquire new analytical methods. Proficiency in both German (at least B1) and English (at least B1) is required.

We offer interesting and challenging research in an inspiring intellectual and social environment with collaborators and PhD students from a multinational community.

Place of work: Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute, Hirschengraben 84, 8001 Zurich, Switzerland
The employment will start in November 2022 or by agreement. Please submit your application by 01.07.2022 via the link to the online application tool only. Make sure to select the PhD Program in Epidemiology & Biostatistics as primary program interest.

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