Research scientist (80-100%)
Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM)

The Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM) of Bern performs research in a range of disciplines relevant to public health ( Groups cut across divisions, facilitating an interdisciplinary approach to research in the fields of clinical epidemiology, social and behavioral health, biostatistics, and international and environmental health. The ISPM is highly reputed for its expertise in health effects of environmental exposures, the spread of infectious disease, and the health of vulnerable groups including children and the elderly.

The HIV, Hepatitis and TB Research Group is looking for a highly motivated research scientist who will conduct epidemiological research on tuberculosis in Southern Africa within a large international consortium ( The projects have a particular focus on transmission, drug resistant tuberculosis and novel diagnostic assays using targeted sequencing, care cascade, and treatment pathways. The candidate will contribute to the establishment of new tuberculosis cohorts and other related projects. The projects are part of a large NIH-funded research program ( The successful candidate will conduct the projects in collaboration with other members of the HIV, Hepatitis and TB Research Group in Bern and members of the consortium in Southern Africa.

Duties and responsibilities:
  • Data collection/data input, assistance with data preparation and evaluation with R and Stata;
  • Writing scientific publications and presenting results at national and international conferences;
  • Project management support in meeting milestones and deadlines;
  • Good documentation and communication;
  • Participation and contribution to the Institute's activities (seminars, journal clubs, etc.);
  • Assistance in the coordination and implementation of international research stays in southern Africa.
Qualifications and skills:
  • PhD in a relevant discipline (public health, epidemiology, medicine, biology);
  • Experience in clinical and public health epidemiology of tuberculosis in Southern Africa and worldwide is an asset;
  • Strong interest in applied research in the areas of infectious disease epidemiology, biostatistics, and genomics;
  • Strong organisational skills, the ability to work efficiently, independently as well as in intercultural teams;
  • Good verbal and written communication in German, excellent English language proficiency;
  • Readiness for international travelling and field work in Southern African countries to support the local partners;
  • Good computer skills (MS Office, R, Stata).
What we offer:
An international, multidisciplinary, and highly stimulating environment. Close collaboration with renowned experts in epidemiology, statistics, modelling, and public health. Support for career development and training. Flexible working hours. Centrally located and modern offices in a nice building.
For further information on the position, please contact Prof. Lukas Fenner, or Tel. +41 31 684 35 18
The post starts in August 2022 or earlier upon availability and is for 2 years, with a possibility for extension.
Please apply no later than 31.05.2022. Please send your application in one PDF-file to Applications must be written in English and include: motivation letter, CV, publication list, certificates.