PhD position in neuroimaging of lower urinary tract function

Updated: 8 months ago

Job Type / Workload
Academic: PhD Position 60%
0 weekly jours
Health Care / Social Affairs
Functional Area
Research & Development
CHF 47040 / Year
Entry date
November 28, 2019
Switzerland - Zurich & Schaffhausen
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Supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) we are looking for a highly motivated and scientifically interested candidate to conduct clinical research joining neuroimaging with neuro-urology in humans. This post is embedded in the research environment of the Department of Neuro-Urology and the Spinal Cord Injury Center, University of Zürich, and Balgrist University Hospital in Zürich, where the PhD student will be working in an interdisciplinary team of health care professionals, neuroscientists, physicists, biologists, human movement scientists, pharmacologists, and electrical engineers. The appointed candidate will be involved in a nation-wide randomized, sham-controlled, double-blind clinical trial investigating transcutaneous tibial nerve stimulation in patients with acute spinal cord injury to prevent neurogenic detrusor overactivity ( ). She/he will be using neuroimaging techniques (structural, diffusion, and functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)) and neurophysiological assessments to investigate neural correlates of lower urinary tract control in several projects also in collaboration with internationally highly recognized centres in the field of neuro-urology. Extending ongoing and previous successful projects in the interdisciplinary team at the Balgrist University Hospital ( ), the candidate will specifically work on the development and refinement of neuroimaging protocols and useful biomarkers.

If successful, these projects are likely to have large impact in the fields of neuro-urology, brain imaging, neurology, and neuro-rehabilitation, hopefully resulting in new clinical assessment tools and further improving medical care. The appointed candidate will work closely with two other PhD students performing clinical and neurophysiological assessments. Together, they will be responsible for the organisation and daily conduct of the study (at the patient bedside and in different study centers), data recording, image acquisition (MRI scanning) and analysis, the presentation of results on conferences, and the preparation of publications in internationally peer-reviewed journals.


  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in (neuro-/human-) biology, pharmacology, medicine, biomedical engineering, neuroscience or related field
  • strong interest in neurology and neuroimaging techniques
  • good statistical and computer skills (R, SPSS, Matlab, Microsoft Office)
  • proficiency in English and German (additional French is a plus)
  • good communication, organisational, and motivational skills
  • team minded, flexible with the required tact and sensitivity for dealing with patients
  • experience with neuroimaging software - e.g. SPM, FSL, MATLAB, Python – is desired
  • experience with (f)MRI or other neurophysiological techniques (EMG, ECoG, or MEG) is an advantage


The position is available immediately and PhD salary rates of the SNSF apply. For further information please contact Dr. Gergely David and Dr. sc. ETH Martina Liechti by e-mail. If you are looking for an exciting PhD position in a highly motivated team, please send us your application as a merged PDF file including a CV, publication list, motivation letter, and names of two references.



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