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Lausanne: PhD Position (100%)

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PhD Position in Public Health, 100%, University of Lausanne, Fall 2019

The open position is within a research project on end-of-life (EOL) issues and advance care planning in the general population among older adults in Switzerland, which is conducted by the Swiss team of the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) in Lausanne. This project is conducted by an interdisciplinary research team in public health involving researchers with backgrounds in sociology, psychology, health communication, health economics, ethics and medicine from the University of Lausanne (UNIL) and the Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences (FORS). The PhD position is funded by the Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+) Global PhD Program in Public Health Sciences (GlobalP3HS), which is a Swiss doctoral program co-funded by the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions. For more information see

Your position

The successful applicant will work under the co-supervision of the Principal Investigator of SHARE Switzerland (Prof. Jürgen Maurer, PhD) and the head of the clinical ethics unit, Lausanne University Hospital and Institute of Humanities in Medicine, Faculty of Biology and Medicine of University of Lausanne (Prof. Ralf Jox, MD, PhD). The successful applicant will further collaborate with other members of the SHARE team, the Lausanne University Hospital and the University of Lausanne to conduct research on older adults’ end-of-life planning behaviors in Switzerland in the context of a PhD in Life Science, Specialization Public Health, at the Faculty of Biology and Medicine (FBM) at UNIL (

Specifically, the objectives of the advertised PhD position are to:

  • Conduct research on end-of-life issues and advance care planning behaviors and related issues among participants in the Swiss SHARE study.
  • Participate in data collection activities and operational tasks associated with the SHARE study.
  • Assist in the further development of corresponding research collaboration between UNIL, FORS and major stakeholders in Switzerland.

Your profile

  • We are looking for a dynamic, reliable, and motivated student with an MSc in sociology, demography, epidemiology, gerontology, economics, nursing, psychology, public health, or other health-related field with outstanding grades and evidence of scholarship.
  • Strong quantitative methodological and statistical skills and good knowledge of common computer programs (e.g. Word, Excel, PPT) and statistical analyses programs, especially STATA and/or other programs such R or SPSS or a strong willingness to learn these skills.
  • Strong research interest in end-of-life issues and end-of-life planning among older adults.
  • Ability to work independently in an interdisciplinary and international team.
  • Proficiency in English (speaking and writing) is essential; proficiency in French, German and/or Italian (speaking and writing) is an asset.
  • Research experience with SHARE or similar survey data is an asset.

We offer you

The successful candidate will:

  • Be embedded in a stimulating international working environment and collaborative relationships with outstanding multidisciplinary research teams at UNIL and FORS.
  • Benefit from the well-established long-term multidisciplinary international research infrastructure of SHARE with the opportunity for international travel.
  • Benefit from access to high-level PhD courses and training programs offered by SSPH+ (
  • Receive compensation and work arrangements in accordance with the
  • Swiss National Science Foundation criteria for doctoral students, with a current annual minimum gross salary of CHF 47,040 per year (subject to change: SNF salaries). Funding of this position is for 42 months subject to performance.

Application / Contact

In accordance with the regulations of the SSPH+ Global PhD Program in Public Health Sciences (, applicants must come from abroad of Switzerland and apply for the SSPH+ program by June 28, 2019. For additional information on this opportunity and/or to generate the support for an application for the above program by the SHARE team, please send a first letter of interest (CV; letter of motivation (max. 700 words); statement of prior research experience, quantitative/statistical, software and language skills (max 1000 words); two or more recommendation letters; and contact Information) via email to Sarah Vilpert (sarah.vilpert(at) and Prof. Jürgen Maurer (jurgen.maurer(at) by 10.06.2019. Candidates retained for the second application stage for this position will be notified for an in-person, phone, or Skype interview by 15.06.2019. The successful candidate is expected to assume his/her responsibilities by 01.09.19 (negotiable).