PhD position in neuroimaging of lower urinary tract function

Updated: 18 days ago

Departement of Neuro-Urology & Spinal Cord Injury Center, Faculty of Medicine, University of Zurich and Balgrist University Hospital
PhD position in neuroimaging of lower urinary tract function
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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 (http://p3.snf.ch/Project-179644).
Your responsibilities
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 (http://www.sci-research.uzh.ch/research), 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.
Your profile
• 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
What we offer
We offer a PhD position with varied and interesting work in an inspiring and socially relevant environment. Diversity and inclusion are important to us. While working in an international, interdisciplinary and innovative research environment at the University of Zurich and Balgrist University Hospital, the PhD student will be supervised by Dr. Gergely David and Dr. Martina Liechti. Salary and benefits are according to the regulations of the Swiss National Foundation.
The successful candidate will be matriculated and will have a working contract at University of Zurich. He/she will work in Switzerland, in the beautiful City of Zurich.
Place of work
Balgrist Campus, Lengghalde 5, 8008 Zürich
Start of employment
The position is available immediately
Further information

Dr. Gergely David and Dr. sc. ETH Martina Liechti


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