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PhD position (80-100%)

Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW
School of Health Professions
ArbeitsortZürich, Region Zürich, Schweiz
Pensum80% - 100%

Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW is one of Switzerland’s largest multidisciplinary universities of applied sciences, with over 13,000 students and 3,000 faculty and staff.

ZHAW’s School of Health Professions is a renowned centre for training, continuing education, and research in the German-speaking world. The Research Unit for Health Sciences (Forschungsstelle Gesundheitswissenschaften) constitutes a multidisciplinary centre including experts in psychology, public health, sociology, economics, statistics, and medicine within the Institute of Health Sciences. With our research, we pursue a life course perspective with the aim of taking into account vulnerable groups as well as time windows of increased vulnerability and thus making a significant and sustainable contribution to public health.

The Research Unit for Health Sciences invites applications for a

PhD position (80 – 100 %)

to join the Neck Exercise for Productivity (NEXpro) study team as soon as possible.

The NEXpro study is a research project funded through the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). This study investigates an on-site multi-component intervention (best-practice ergonomics, health promotion, neck exercise, adherence App) on Swiss office-workers to improve their productivity and to reduce the economic and personal burden of neck pain. It aims at comparing the effectiveness in office-workers without neck symptoms and those with neck symptoms. The study uses a stepped wedge randomized cluster design to compare the intervention against ’as usual’ control, where all office-workers receive the intervention in steps. The results of the study will influence the policy regarding the management of neck pain in industrial settings.


  • Achieve your PhD within a timeframe of 4 years
  • Scientific participation in the NEXpro study in all project phases
  • Contribute to the project management
  • Scientific publication activities
  • Participation in teaching activities


Applicants with a university degree (MSc) in Psychology, Public Health, Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Nursing or Medicine, Sociology or any other social science discipline are welcome. We expect solid experience in statistical data analysis and in the application of a statistical programme at MSc level, as well as good oral and written language skills in both English and German (Level B2).

Wir bieten

We offer insight and first-hand experience in a relevant field of public health research. Professors from two well-established academic institutions - the Institute of Health Sciences at ZHAW and the Institute of Psychology at the University of Bern - will supervise the PhD. The workplace is located in Winterthur. Enrolment at the University of Zurich through the PhD Programme Care and Rehabilitation Sciences or at the University of Bern through the PhD Programme in Public Health Sciences for Universities of Applied Sciences or through the Graduate School of Health Sciences is expected.

Remuneration is based on the SNSF doctoral student rate.


For more information, please contact: Markus Melloh, Director Institute of Health Sciences (e-mail: You can find further information about us at

Please send your application via the online platform to Karin Graf, Head of HR Business Unit/Campus Winterthur. We only consider applications via this online platform and do not process any applications by mail or e-mail.
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