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Professor (Open Rank) for Applied Data Science (DS) and Decision Support Systems (DSS) with a focus on Radiation Oncology

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WorkplaceBern, Bern region, Switzerland

Due to the rapidly increasing importance of Data Science and Decision Support in Medicine and particularly in Radiation Oncology, the Medical Faculty of the University of Bern, together with the Swiss Institute for Translational and Entrepreneurial Medicine (sitem-insel), invites applications for a

Professor (Open Rank) for Applied Data Science (DS) and Decision Support Systems (DSS) with a focus on Radiation Oncology

The position is attached academically to the University Department of Radiation Oncology (UKRO). UKRO is a leading clinical and research department at Inselspital, University Hospital Bern, and the Medical Faculty of the University of Bern, with a strong research track on cancer treatment and technology-driven innovation. Together with sitem-insel, UKRO is committed to conceiving, designing, and validating new approaches and solutions based on cutting-edge data science and decision support systems to solve unmet clinical needs in cancer care. In line with the medical faculty’s 2030 digitalization strategy, the position is embedded within an innovative multi-disciplinary research network.

The position will be co-hosted at sitem-insel, the Swiss Institute for Translational and Entrepreneurial Medicine, whose mission is to advance high-quality research for patient benefit in collaboration with partners from industry. At its core, sitem-insel connects and involves all relevant stakeholders to drive forward translational research. The present position also involves a seat on the Executive Committee of sitem-insel, and the successful candidate will academically lead and represent sitem-insel School. The aim of the sitem-insel School is to promote and prepare early career researchers for academia and industry and to train executives in the domains of translational medicine and biomedical entrepreneurship. In partnership with the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Bern, the sitem-insel School offers leading education programs in translational medicine through its sitem Center for Translational Medicine and Entrepreneurship.


The successful candidate will have a strong affinity for translational research and applied data science in healthcare with a particular interest in decision support systems, focusing on radiation oncology but also open to other medical and clinical fields. In-depth knowledge and a connection to MedTech industry and entrepreneurship topics are essential to the position. A background in medicine is desirable but not mandatory. The main clinical focus is defined by the partnership with the Department of Radiation Oncology with its associated data platforms (radiation oncology information and planning systems, multi-modal imaging, EPIC).

Regular publication activity and the successful acquisition of competitive external funding in the field of the professorship are prerequisites for the position. We are seeking candidates with excellent integration skills for various research groups and a strong national/international network, with very good communication and interpersonal skills. Other requirements are good knowledge of German, French and English, or readiness to acquire these language skills. Management and leadership experience with corresponding business knowledge are an advantage. Proficiency in teaching and an interest in innovative and contemporary teaching and learning concepts, as well as a strong commitment to the promotion of early career researchers and gender equality, are expected.

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The University of Bern is striving to increase the number of women in academic leadership positions. Female candidates interested in this position are therefore encouraged to apply. This position is open to job sharing applicants, in which case a specific concept giving consideration to the aspects of leadership duties, research & teaching is required and to be submitted together with the application. https://www.unibe.ch/­e152701/e332576/­e332600/e357887/­ul_rl_jobsharing_ger.pdf

Applications must be submitted solely electronically no later than 31 December 2023 to the Dean’s Office of the Medical Faculty of the University of Bern by this link: https://www.recruiting.medizin.unibe.ch/­positiondetails/7831562

Further information regarding required documentation can be found under: www.medizin.unibe.ch/services/­faculty_rules/­professorship/­index_eng.html#pane527037 or under: https://we.tl/t-­TvUazlc7kW

For more information about the position, please contact the chairman of the selection committee, Prof. Dr. med. Christoph Stettler, Director and Chief Physician, Department of Diabetology, Endocrinology, Nutritional Medicine and Metabolism, Inselspital, Bern University Hospital (email: christoph.stettlerinsel.ch).

The Dean’s Office, University of Bern, Faculty of Medicine, Murtenstrasse 11, CH-3008 Bern


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