PhD student in Climate Epidemiology, University of Bern
Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine
A fully funded PhD position (3-4 years) is open for an enthusiastic young
researchers to work in the Climate Change and Health research group at the
Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM,
https: // www. ispm.unibe.ch) and the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change
Research (OCCR, www. oeschger.unibe.ch) of the University of Bern (UniBe)
in Bern, Switzerland.
The PhD student will conduct research on an interdisciplinary project on the
effect of compound events on human health. The aim of the PhD project is to
advance knowledge on the role of humidity on the effect of heat on health. It
is intended to be an interdisciplinary PhD project to be developed under the
supervision of Ana M. Vicedo-Cabrera (epidemiologist, research group leader
Climate Change & Health, ISPM, UniBe), Prof. Olivia Romppainen-Martius
(Prof. Climate Impact Research, Institute of Geography, UniBe) and Prof.
Stefan Brönnimann (Unit Leader Climatology, Institute of Geography, UniBe).
In particular, the project will combine methods in climate modelling to assess
exposure to historical and future extreme heat events (heat and humid) at
regional and local level (i.e. urban heat island), with advanced
methodologies in epidemiology to quantify the combined effects of heat and
high humidity on mortality and other health outcomes.
Period: Fixed-term contract for 3 years, starting January 2022 (negotiable).
Salary: Swiss NSF PhD Fellowship (47,000 to 50,000 CHF, 100%).
Place: University of Bern, Switzerland
Apply no later than: 10th October 2021
ISPM at University of Bern performs research in a range of disciplines
relevant to public health. Groups cut across divisions, facilitating an
interdisciplinary approach to research in the fields of clinical epidemiology,
social and behavioral health, biostatistics, and international and
environmental health. The OCCR at the University of Bern is a unique
interdisciplinary research center combining worldwide experts from different
fields working on climate change research.
The Climate Change & Human Health research group
(https: // www. ispm.unibe.ch/research/researchgroups/) develops research
along the intersection between epidemiology and climate sciences to understand
how different climate factors and other related environmental stressors affect
health in the context of climate change. In particular, the research interests
concern the evaluation of adaptation strategies, mitigation policies and air
pollution co-benefits. The team also focuses on the development of new
methodologies in projections of climate change impacts, health effects of
compound events and detection and attribution studies. The team is member of
the Oeschger Center for Climate Change Research.
Responsibilities of the successful candidate include:
Collaborate with an interdisciplinary team of epidemiologists,
statisticians and climate modellers.
Contribute to the design and conduct of epidemiological research projects.
Clean and analyse large observational databases using standard and
advanced statistical methods.
Present own work at international conferences and publish articles in
Strong interest in interdisciplinary research in the areas of
epidemiology, climate science and impact modelling.
Master's degree in a relevant discipline - ECTS 120-90 (e.g. climate
science, mathematics/statistics, biostatistics, epidemiology).
Experience in statistical analysis and programming techniques in R.
The ability to work efficiently, independently and with interdisciplinary
Excellent knowledge of English, written and spoken.
An international, interdisciplinary and dynamic academic environment.
Enrolment in the OCCR and the Graduate School of Climate Sciences
(https: // www. climatestudies.unibe.ch) of the University of Bern. It
would provide excellent networking opportunities and the possibility to
Salary according to the pay scales of the Swiss National Science
Foundation for PhD students.
For further information on the position, please contact Dr Ana M. Vicedo-
Cabrera (email@example.com). Please send your application (in
ONE pdf) to firstname.lastname@example.org with copy to Dr Ana M. Vicedo-Cabrera
(email@example.com). Applications must be in English and include
a (1) curriculum vitae (1 page), (2) a cover letter with a personal
statement describing your suitability and motivation, and 2 contacts for
references, (3) e-copy of the Master thesis or an outline. Candidates will
be short-listed for an interview (during the first two weeks of November