PhD Position in Psychology

University of Bern

PhD Position in Psychology 

For the project “Accompanying research for curriculum development at the medical faculty of the University of Zurich”
Immediately or by agreement; contract duration four years

The Medical Faculty of the University of Zurich ( and the Institute for Medical Education ( of the Medical Faculty of the University of Bern are cooperating on various teaching research projects to ensure innovative, needs-based and attractive training and conditions. Both medical degree programs have a history of almost 200 years and include the largest student cohorts of any medical faculty in Switzerland. The

main goal of the funded project “Accompanying research for curriculum development at the Medical Faculty of the University of Zurich” is to scientifically examine questions surrounding the goals and effects of current curriculum reforms. Multifactorial studies will be used to examine various key parameters (e.g. satisfaction, knowledge and skills) of medical students before and after the study reform. A longitudinal study is also planned in this context. As part of the research cooperation, evidence-based quality assurance and maintenance of the curricula will be tested and established.

As a PhD candidate, you will work with a PhD supervisor and a team of experts at both locations. The following tasks are central to the PhD work:
  • Planning, preparation and implementation of studies
  • Management, analysis and interpretation of the data collected
  • Writing high-quality research publications
  • Presentation of results at meetings and conferences
  • Completed studies in psychology or life sciences; with appropriate research experience, candidates with a master's degree in medicine can also be considered
  • Good to very good methodological and statistical knowledge
  • Good to very good knowledge of English and very good knowledge of German (level C1/C2/native speaker)
  • Flair for scientific writing
  • Strong interest in teaching research and career planning in an academic context
  • Good teamwork skills
We offer
Support and collaboration by a highly motivated, international, interdisciplinary team of medical educators, physicians and psychologists (Prof. S. Guttormsen, University of Bern, Prof. D. Schaer and KD Dr. med. MME Judith Engeler, University of Zurich, with other experts).
  • Doctoral studies at the Graduate School for Health Sciences (GHS) of the University of Bern (courses, conferences, seminars, etc.),
  • Salary according to the guidelines of the Swiss National Science Foundation
Application and contact
If you have any questions, please contact KD Dr. Judith Engeler , or Prof. S. Guttormsen, .
Please send a letter of motivation, your CV, copies of your diplomas/employment certificates (i.e. list of courses and grades at university level) and the contact details of two references by email (preferably as one PDF document) to Susanne Moser, .