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Chair of Research at Schulthess Klinik

Schulthess Klinik
Zurich, Canton of Zürich (CH)
Closing date
2 Apr 2024

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Clinical, Health Science
Job Type
Director, Head of Department
Employment - Hours
Full time

Schulthess Klinik in Zurich is one of the leading orthopaedic hospitals in Europe with over 1100 employees. Our main concern is to free people of their pain and restore their mobility. As a specialist clinic, we focus on surgical orthopaedics, neurology, rheumatology and sports medicine. Schulthess Klinik is also a Swiss Olympic Medical Center.


Become a part of our leading orthopaedic clinic as:


Chair of Research


Your Tasks

  • Further develop and execute the general strategy of the research and development department together with the Scientific Advisory Board
  • Oversee and manage the Research Group Heads and Research Management Head
  • Proactively provide advice, support and guidance to the research and development team members in order to improve the quality and impact of our research and achieve our goals
  • Manage the operational research business and in doing so, create optimal framework conditions for the department
  • Oversee the research project portfolio and establish responsibilities
  • Monitor the impact of our research (bibliometric indices, scientific societies, third-party funding, progress of projects)
  • Meet with Research Group Heads regularly to review department research metrics and strategic initiative progress
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships and networks with key stakeholders involved in research – including industry, academic partners, and foundations
  • Coordinate and monitor collaborations with academic partners
  • Advance the national and international reputation of our department by means of research excellence and dissemination with a unifying theme through increased conduct of funded clinical research, consistently strong enrolment in clinical studies, increased publications, and representation of our research at national/international conferences
  • Maintain a highly productive research operation with a national and international reputation
  • Participate in project reviews to assure the quality of project work and results and enforce adherence to research guidelines
  • Analyse and review clinical trial reimbursement and support for contract and budget negotiations of industry-sponsored clinical trials and complex non-industry clinical trials
  • Actively engage in research initiatives and lead and contribute to their own research projects within our department


Your Profile

  • PhD or MD (preferably with PD) with a documented track record of scientific merits, preferably within musculoskeletal medicine or epidemiology
  • Managerial and assertive leadership skills
  • Proven experience in research funding acquisition and financial administration
  • Established networks and collaborations in national and international musculoskeletal research communities
  • Academic affiliation preferred
  • Experience with clinical trials, data science or new technologies in orthopaedics
  • Several years of experience in a similar position
  • Significant experience with mentorship
  • Significant evidence of experience in program/project leadership


Our Offer

We offer a responsible and varied position in a motivated team with good employment conditions and strong support from peers. With your commitment, you will contribute to the sustainable success of the clinic. You can expect a modern workplace in a dynamic work environment.

If you would like to know more about this position, please contact Julia Item, Department Head Research Management,

If you are interested, we look forward to receiving your online application: Chair of Research 100% ( 


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