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Physician, Head of the Neurosurgery Service with an Associate or Full Professor title at the Department of clinical neurosciences

Université de Lausanne, Faculté de biologie et médecine
  • 09.02.2024
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Physician, Head of the Neurosurgery Service with an Associate or Full Professor title at the Department of clinical neurosciences

UNIL is a leading international teaching and research institution, with over 5,000 employees and 15,500 students split between its Dorigny campus, CHUV and Epalinges. UNIL and CHUV encourage excellence, individual recognition and responsibility. The Faculty of Biology and Medicine (FBM) and the Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) are inviting applications for a position of:

Physician, Head of the Neurosurgery Service with an Associate or Full Professor title

at the Department of clinical neurosciences (DNC)

Starting date: February 2025        

Place: Lausanne: Switzerland

The Neurosurgery Service at the CHUV provides all neurosurgical services for adults and children, with the exception of spinal surgery, which is performed by the Spinal Surgery Service, with which it collaborates closely within the Department of Clinical Neurosciences (DNC). The department has several highly specialized medical mandates, including functional neurosurgery and the treatment of complex vascular anomalies. In the field of functional neurosurgery, the CHUV’s Neurosurgery Service stands out for its expertise in radiosurgery, deep brain stimulation and stereotaxic lesioning, as well as for its world-renowned research in the field of spinal cord stimulation applied to the treatment of paraplegia (NeuroRestore research center co-developed with the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne - EPFL). It also benefits from a close partnership with the CHUV’s Brain Tumor Center and is strongly committed to the development of ERAS (Enhanced Recovery After Surgery) programs. The Neurosurgery Service's academic activities are highly dynamic, supported in all areas by numerous collaborations within the DNC and CHUV, as well as with EPFL.

Main missions:

  1. Direct, organize and ensure the development of all activities typical of a clinical service in a university hospital. 
  2. Ensure and reinforce the expertise and security of clinical missions/services, while developing inter-institutional collaborations and synergies in line with the CHUV's strategic plan.
  3. Conduct and develop high level, externally funded, peer-reviewed clinical and academic research, including own research. 
  4. Ensure and guarantee the missions of pre-graduate (according to FBM needs), post-graduate (ISFM training center cat. A1) and continuing education, in the field of neurosurgery, as well as participating in them.
  5. Consolidate the influence of the clinical and academic field, both internally and externally.

UNIL and CHUV are committed to promoting gender equality and diversity and strongly encourage applications from female candidates

Desired profile:

  • Federal medical degree (or Mebeko equivalent), MD or MD-PhD
  • ISFM specialist title (or Mebeko equivalent) in neurosurgery
  • Extensive clinical experience in the field of neurosurgery
  • Managerial skills in team and project management 
  • Professorial-level academic knowledge with proven teaching experience 
  • Ability to set up clinical research programs that can be supported by expert external funding
  • Good knowledge of French (LM or minimum B2, C1 ideal) or ability to acquire it rapidly.

Further information may be obtained from Prof. Philippe Ryvlin (, Head of Department.

Applications, in English, should include 1) a motivation letter, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a list of publications highlighting the five most significant ones, 4) a brief statement of the past and future research, 5) a summary of previous teaching experience, 6) your vision of the field's development in the mid/long term, 7) names and contact information of at least three references, 8) a copy of diplomas and a valid ID card. They should be submitted online by April 7th, 2024 (23:59 GMT+1) to as a single PDF file. The job description is available on the same link.

Only applications sent through this site will be considered.

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Université de Lausanne, Faculté de biologie et médecine

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Tel: 0216925031