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Veterinary Surgeon (Diplomate of ACVS, ECVS or equivalent) / Senior Researcher (PhD)

Universität Zürich
Irchel, Schlieren
  • 6/25/2024
  • 70 - 100%
  • Position with responsibilities
  • Unlimited employment
The University of Zurich is one of the top research universities in Europe and offers the broadest range of study programs in Switzerland. The Department of Molecular Mechanisms of Disease (DMMD) is part of the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. The Musculoskeletal Research Unit (MSRU) is part of the DMMD and conducts translational in vivo research projects from initial ideas to clinics, mainly in collaboration with human and veterinary academic partners and industry.

The MSRU offers a position for a veterinary surgeon/senior researcher with opportunities for personal and academic development in an enthusiastic and open-minded team. The MSRU provides expertise in musculoskeletal (bone & cartilage, tendon, spine, intervertebral disc), soft tissue (wound healing), and cardiovascular research. The group facilities are GLP (Good Laboratory Practice) accredited by the Swiss regulatory agency, Swissmedic, which has greatly facilitated clinical translation and registration processes for medical devices and biologics. The MSRU also provides state-of-the-art and GLP-accredited histological processing and analysis. Our group consists of 3 senior directors (two veterinarians and one bioengineer), technical and administrative staff, graduate students, and animal caretakers. Depending on the number of ongoing projects, we are a group of 16-20 people. You can expect a collegial team in a dynamic environment. Compensation is in accordance with university guidelines.

Veterinary Surgeon (Diplomate of ACVS, ECVS or equivalent) / Senior Researcher (PhD)

Your responsibilities

We are seeking an experienced veterinarian surgeon and senior researcher with a strong interest and experience in translational research from "bench to bedside" with a strong focus on musculoskeletal research, soft tissue surgery, as well as application of biomaterials for tissue regeneration. The candidate will be expected to participate in and lead research projects as a study director, including surgery and the development of animal models appropriate to the original research question. The candidate shall participate in different teaching activities, including mentoring and supervising doctoral candidates, and support the organization of seminars and symposia. She/he will also be expected to prepare, deliver, and assist in the submission of project proposals, grant proposals, (GLP-)reports, and publications and represent the unit at external conferences and meetings as appropriate.

Your profile

We expect the candidate to have completed your training as a veterinary surgeon (e.g. ECVS/ACVS accredited or equivalent) and, preferably, also a PhD showing your experience in research. German language skills are helpful but not necessarily required. However, candidates should be willing to learn German within a reasonable time in order to communicate with our non-academic personnel. The candidate should be motivated, innovative, and interested in developing your own research area within the scope of the MSRU. The candidate should be a team player, flexible, and curious to promote and supervise young doctorate and PhD students.

What we offer

Work-Life Balance

  • Flexible working models (such as part-time positions, mobile working, job-sharing)
  • Childcare at the kihz foundation of UZH and ETH

Learning and Development
  • Wide range of continuing education courses of UZH and the Canton of Zurich
  • Language Center run jointly with ETH Zurich

  • Food and drinks at reduced prices in the UZH cafeterias
  • Lunch-Check-card with UZH contribution

  • Special conditions on the Academic Sports Association ASVZ
  • Free seasonal flu vaccinations
  • Rest and relaxation at the quiet room in the university tower

  • Private traffic: Carsharing, rent a vehicle, parking space
  • Digitalization: Hardware, software, mobile phone subscriptions
  • Special conditions on hotel reservations

Conditions of Employment
  • Policies of the UZH
  • Most UZH staff are employed according to public law

International Services
  • Support for people from outside Switzerland

  • Campuses Zurich City, Zurich Irchel, Oerlikon and Schlieren
  • Sites Zurich West, Old Botanical Garden, Botanical Garden and Lengg


Musculoskeletal Research Unit
Department of Molecular Mechanisms of Disease

Information on your application

Please submit your application by August 1, 2024.

Please send a letter outlining your interests and career goals, your CV, and a copy of your diplomas as a single PDF application with contact information for two referees to:

University of Zurich Irchel
Institute for Molecular Mechanisms of Disease – MSRU
At the attention of Ms. E. Szabo
Secretary's Office
Winterthurerstrasse 190
8057 Zurich

Further information

Questions about the job

Ms. E. Szabo
Secretary's Office

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