Professor of Health

University of Bern


Professor/in Health


The Vetsuisse Faculty at the University of Bern, Switzerland, invites applications for the position of Professor in Ruminant Health (Extraordinariat or assistant professor tenure track) at the Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine. The position is available from February 2025 or upon mutual agreement.

The University of Bern is a comprehensive university offering a broad choice of courses and programs in eight faculties. The Vetsuisse Faculty Bern provides veterinary education for around 500 students. The undergraduate education in veterinary medicine in Switzerland is organised jointly with the Vetsuisse Faculty at the University of Zürich.

The successful candidate will be Head of the Unit of Ruminant Health and Herd Management. The main tasks include teaching of veterinary medicine students, research, and participation in clinical service for the Clinic for Ruminants of the Vetsuisse Faculty Bern. Collaboration with Animal Health Services and the relevant Federal Offices is expected. Successful candidates are expected to develop a strong research program, and to supervise master and doctoral students (DVM and/or PhD). Collaborations within the Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine, but also with the Departments of Clinical Research and Veterinary Public Health and Infectious Diseases and Pathobiology are expected. Research topics must be relevant to Ruminant Health and Welfare in the perspective of modern agriculture in Switzerland and address current One-Health concerns.
Mandatory requirements are: (I) a recognised Veterinary diploma, (II) a diploma of the European College of Bovine Health Management (ECBHM) or other board qualification, (III) a PhD or an equivalent academic qualification, and (IV) research activities in the field of Ruminant Health and Welfare. The successful candidate has at least basic knowledge of the German and/or French languages and is willing to improve these language skills to efficiently teach students and communicate with patient owners in both languages. The quality of previous research, the ability to successfully raise research funds, as well as experience in teaching, clinical services and leadership are important selection criteria.
We offer
The Clinic for Ruminants, the Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine and the Vetsuisse faculty offer a stimulating environment with a diverse case load including clinical patients and herd health consulting, and great opportunities for research collaborations within the faculty as well as nationally and internationally.

The University of Bern supports contemporary working models and therefore welcomes and encourages job sharing. It has various offers in the area of compatibility of work and family / partnership. The University of Bern is an equal opportunity employer and particularly strives to promote women in leadership positions.
Application and contact
Applicants with the appropriate qualifications are invited to submit their applications including
1. letter of motivation
2. outline of the concepts for teaching, research, leadership and clinical service in ruminant health and herd management (max. 2 pages)
3. curriculum vitae, list of publications and invited presentations, and copies of diplomas
4. outline of the past academic teaching activities and teaching evaluation
5. discussion of the most relevant research achievements (max. 2 pages)
6. short documentation of research activities and third-party funding
7. if applicable, job sharing concept of the duo
Applications must be submitted electronically (as a single pdf-file) to the Dean's Office by January 5, 2024.

Further information is available from the dean's office and the head of the selection committee, Prof. Dr. Gertraud Schüpbach.

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