PhD Position in Nephrology

University of Bern


PhD Position in Nephrology

The Department of Nephrology and Hypertension at the Inselspital Bern, Switzerland is seeking to immediately hire a PhD candidate for a clinical PhD in Health Sciences. In your PhD you will be able to pursue a clinical career in Nephrology and conduct patient-oriented research in 50:50 model.
Period: Contract for 4 years, start as soon as possible

Kidney stones are the most common condition affecting the kidney, and effective preventive measures are an undisputed medical need. Thiazide and thiazide-like diuretics (“thiazides”) have been the cornerstone of pharmacologic recurrence prevention. We recently demonstrated in the large NOSTONE trial that the most widely prescribed and best studied thiazide, hydrochlorothiazide, is not effectively preventing kidney stone recurrence. If these results also apply to the two more potent and long-acting thiazide-like diuretics indapamide and chlorthalidone is currently unknown. No head-to-head comparison of different thiazides for prevention of kidney stone recurrence has ever been performed. We will now address this critical knowledge gap in the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)-funded INDAPACHLOR trial.

• Recruit and follow-up study participants
• Collect and analyze clinical data
• Closely collaborate with an interdisciplinary team of study nurses, clinicians, statisticians and the Clinical Trials Unit of the University of Bern
• Present your results at (inter)national conferences and publish them in peer-reviewed journals
• Receive cutting-edge clinical training at the largest Nephrology service in Switzerland
• A University degree (MD) in Medicine
• Clinical experience in Internal Medicine
• A strong interest in Nephrology and patient-oriented research
• Fluency in German and English
We offer
• A clinical PhD position with a 50 % patient-oriented research and 50 % clinical career appointment
• A highly interactive academic setting, access to outstanding resources and modern infrastructure, and a friendly, collaborative and interdisciplinary group of colleagues.
• A competitive salary according to the level of clinical experience
• Opportunity to contribute to state-of-the-art clinical research projects and to produce results of high impact for a large audience of interested readers
• Preparation for an academic career in Nephrology
Application and contact
Ethusiastic candidates are encouraged to send applications with CV and references to Prof. Daniel Fuster, email:

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