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Postdoctoral Fellow in Epidemiology 80-100%

WorkplaceNottwil, Guido A. Zäch Str. 4, Central Switzerland, Switzerland
Duration3.5 years
Occupation rate
80% - 100%
Job StartThe position is available starting September/October 2023

Swiss Paraplegic Research (SPF) is an affiliate of the Swiss Paraplegic Foundation. The mission of SPF is sustainably improving the situation of people with spinal cord injury (SCI) through clinical and interdisciplinary research on a national and international level. Specific areas of its comprehensive research include functioning, movement and mobility, social integration, equality of opportunity, self-determination, quality of life, health services provision as well as morbidity and mortality. SPF is an extra-university research institution recognized and promoted by the Swiss federal government and the cantons and an active link to academic and industrial research and development at the national and international levels.

The Life Course Epidemiology Group at SPF provides longitudinal and life course epidemiological inference about SCI in Switzerland to various stakeholders, including service providers and policy makers, mainly using real-world evidence from the Swiss Spinal Cord Injury Cohort Study (SwiSCI). The Work and Integration group promotes research on return to work and labour market participation that informs vocational integration practice and policy for persons living with SCI and other health conditions.

Within the research project "Work Life Course", funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), we are currently seeking to recruit a

Postdoctoral Fellow in Epidemiology (80-100%)


The successful candidate will direct and contribute to interdisciplinary, applied research that evaluates trajectories and key transitions of the work-life course of persons with SCI using contemporary methods from life course epidemiology. Using a broad set of personal and job-related characteristics, also data on re-education and work integration measures, this research is expected to support the development of individualized guidelines for supporting sustainable labour market participation.

  • Scientific and daily operational coordination of the project
  • Collaborate with an interdisciplinary team of epidemiologists, vocational integration specialists and SCI physicians
  • Contribute to the development, design and conduct of project-specific epidemiological research
  • Presentation of research findings at international conferences and publication in peer-reviewed journals
  • Opportunity to provide teaching support in the annual life course epidemiology course at the University of Lucerne


  • Strong interest in applied research in the area of epidemiology and rehabilitation policy and practice
  • PhD in epidemiology, social sciences, psychology, biostatistics, or a related field
  • Proficiency in the application of statistical software package, preferable in STATA and/or R
  • Experience with time-to-event (survival) modelling and skills in trajectory analysis and multi-state modelling are assets
  • Excellent Englisch skills, proficiency in German is an advantage

We offer

  • Excellent conditions for innovative, vital and implementation-oriented research in the context of SCI epidemiology
  • A Postdoc position in a stimulating and productive working atmosphere
  • Academic affiliation to the University of Lucerne, Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine, University Campus Nottwil

Contact and Address

For further information please contact Dr. Martin Brinkhof, +41 41 939 65 97 or martin.brinkhofparaplegie.ch.

Interested? We are looking forward to your full online application in English (including a curriculum vitae and a cover letter with a personal statement regarding your suitability and motivation). Applications will be evaluated on an ongoing basis until successful recruitment of a candidate.

Lea Blunschi, HR-Verantwortliche, looks forward to receiving your online application.

Schweizer Paraplegiker-Forschung AG
Human Resources
Guido A. Zäch Str. 4
6207 Nottwil
P 041 939 53 72


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