Study Coordinator / Epidemiologist at the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine , Bern

The Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM), University of Bern, employs over 150 staff, provides undergraduate and post-graduate teaching and carries out research in a range of disciplines relevant to clinical epidemiology and public health.

We are looking for a

Study Coordinator / Epidemiologist (60-80%)

You will collaborate with epidemiologists, biostatisticians, and clinicians from the International Epidemiologic Databases to Evaluate AIDS – Southern Africa study at ISPM Bern and project partners in Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe and at the University of Cape Town. IeDEA-SA ( is an NIH funded consortium established in 2005 to address unique and evolving research questions in HIV/AIDS that are unanswerable by single cohorts.

You will coordinate dedicated field tracing studies to determine outcomes in patients lost to follow-up in participating HIV cohorts. The main tasks will be:

  • Develop and implement the study protocol; obtain necessary ethics approvals.
  • Provide oversight and training for local field staff on study procedures.
  • Monitor study progress, data collection and quality.
  • Oversee data analysis to estimate mortality among patients lost to follow-up.
  • Contribute to the development of tools for the correction of program-level mortality for loss to follow-up.
  • Contribute to publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at


  • Master or PhD level qualification in epidemiology, other life science or healthcare-related field.
  • 1-2 years relevant work experience with epidemiological studies.
  • Experience working with an electronic data capture system (e.g., RedCAP).
  • Strong organizational and communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and efficiently, to agreed timelines.
  • Willingness to travel to remote settings in Africa (3-4 times per year).
  • Previous experience working in resource-limited settings would be an advantage.
  • Excellent knowledge of English (German or Portuguese are an advantage).

The post is available from July 2016, with negotiable starting date, and offered for 2 years initially with the possibility for renewal. The salary is based on the scale of Canton of Bern.

If you are looking for an exciting position in a highly motivated interdisciplinary team please send your CV with motivation letter to Professor Matthias Egger (e-mail The deadline for applications is 15 April 2016.


University of Bern, Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, Finkenhubelweg 11, 3012 Bern, Switzerland,