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PhD student in biostatistics / epidemiology (Finkenhubelweg 11, 3012 Bern, Schweiz) PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 24 April 2010 20:46

An opening for a PhD student in biostatistics / epidemiology is available from 1st September 2009 in the research group on airway diseases in children and adolescents. This group which currently has four staff members is closely connected with research groups in the university hospital of Bern (Inselspital) and in England (Leicester, Bristol). The Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM) employs some 100 staff and provides undergraduate and post-graduate education and carries out research in a range of disciplines relevant to Public Health. ISPM offers a lively, interdisciplinary environment with excellent computing and library facilities. The position will be financed by a scholarship from the Swiss National Science Foundation which assures an excellent training programme.

Childhood wheezing disorders, including asthma, are the most common chronic health problem in childhood. Yet, the factors that determine whether a child gets asthma, and whether or not the child develops chronic disease, are poorly known. This PhD project will analyse data from large population-based childhood cohorts that have been followed-up in regular time intervals (N=10,000; Int J Epidemiol 2007;36:977-85). The aim of the project is to obtain best possible predictions of the onset and persistence of childhood wheezing disorders based on heritable and environmental factors and early disease symptoms.

The specific tasks include:
• A systematic review of the existing literature on risk factors for onset and persistence of wheeze and asthma and publish results in a review article.
• Analysis of the data of about 10000 children who have been followed up in regular time intervals. Different statistical methods will be explored and applied to optimise the quality of prediction. Results will be translated to simple tools for use in clinical practice.
• Communication of the results through presentations and scientific publications in renowned peer-reviewed journals.
• As a member of the research group on airway disease, the PhD student will also contribute to the management of the Leicester cohort studies (questionnaire design, newsletters, data preparation, survey logistics). This will involve travel to England 2-3 times per year and close collaboration with the team there.

• MSc or equivalent degree in medicine, statistics, mathematics or natural sciences.
• An interest in applied research in the areas of epidemiology, biostatistics or paediatric pulmonology
• good analytical skills
• Sound computing skills (Word, Excel, Power Point, internet)
• Knowledge of statistical software such as Stata or SAS or skills in statistical programming (R or Matlab) will be an advantage.
• Languages: excellent knowledge of English (German or French would be an advantage)

The appointment is available from 1st September 2009 for 3 years. The salary of the PhD position is based on the salary scale of the Swiss National Science Foundation. More detailed information can be obtained from Marie-Pierre Strippoli (E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

Please send your applications including curriculum vitae as soon as possible, but not later than July 31, 2009 to Claudia Kuehni, Institute of Social- and Preventive Medicine, Finkenhubelweg 11, CH-3012 Bern, Switzerland. E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it – Due to vacation leave please send a copy to Marie-Pierre Strippoli: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



Studer Natalie
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Institut für Sozial- und Präventivmedizin
Finkenhubelweg 11, 3012 Bern, Schweiz

Ansprechpartner: PD Dr. med. Claudia Kuehni



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