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Physician, Head of Neonatology Service (NAT) with a Full Professor title )

Université de Lausanne, Faculté de biologie et médecine
  • 25.06.2024
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UNIL in a few words

  • An international atmosphere. One fifth of the student population and one third of the teaching staff come from abroad.
  • Up-to-date facilities and technology. State-of-the-art laboratories for researchers: spacious, well-equipped lecture halls for teaching staff and students.
  • Three faculties unique in their kind in Switzerland. Law, Criminal Justice and Public Administration; Biology and Medicine (FBM); Geosciences and Environment (GSE). New innovations require new synergies.
  • Close collaboration with the University Hospital of the Canton of Vaud (CHUV) in order to remain at the forefront of advances in medical knowledge.
  • The University and Cantonal Library - Lausanne (BCUL), with its two million documents, modern research tools and an ideal working environment overlooking Lake Geneva.
  • A philosophy and work ethic expressed in a Charter of Values and precepts.
  • An exceptionally green and spacious lakeside setting. In just a few minutes an excellent public transport network links the university campus to Lausanne, the capital of Vaud, noted for its varied cultural activities.
  • A wide range of continuing education and interdisciplinary courses, as well as countless sporting and cultural activities in fields as varied as: language and IT courses, football (soccer), capoeira, fitness or underwater diving at the Sports Centre; societies, cinema, exhibitions or theatre at the Grange de Dorigny.

Physician, Head of Neonatology Service (NAT) with a Full Professor title )

UNIL is a leading international teaching and research institution, with over 5,000 employees and 17 000 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 Neonatology Service (NAT) with a Full Professor title

at the Woman-Mother-Child Department (DFME)

Starting date: August 2025 or to be agreed        

Place: Lausanne, Switzerland

The Neonatology Service is the reference center in the Canton of Vaud for the care of sick or premature newborns. To ensure optimum care for all newborn pathologies, the Service works in close collaboration with other CHUV services and operates in a network with regional hospitals in a multidisciplinary, university environment. The Service is heavily involved in teaching the Faculty's medical and nursing students, as well as other professionals in training. Through research, we contribute to a better understanding of newborn diseases and the development of new diagnostic and therapeutic strategies. This includes both clinical and more fundamental studies, ranging from the analysis of cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in the development of newborn diseases, to the study of new strategies to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of neonatal pathologies, and the long-term outcome of our patients. This research is carried out in our Service and laboratories, with local, national and international collaborations.

Main missions:

1. Direct, organize and ensure the development of all all highly specialized medical activities in a university neonatology Service.

2. Ensure and reinforce the expertise and quality of the Service's clinical missions/operations, while developing multidisciplinary and inter-institutional collaborations and synergies in line with the CHUV's strategic plan.

3. Federate, conduct and develop high-level clinical and academic research, financed by expert external funding and published in high-quality scientific journals.

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 the discipline, by being the official person in charge of the discipline.

5. Guarantee high-quality junior medical and scientific staff, to consolidate the influence of the clinical and academic field both internally and externally, and to collaborate with hospitals in the Federation of Vaud Hospitals (FHV) and neighboring cantons.

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 pediatrics, with in-depth training in neonatology

• Extensive clinical experience in neonatology at tertiary level

• Proven managerial skills in leading and managing a large/multisite team and extensive project management experience 

• Professorial-level academic knowledge and expertise with proven practice in pre- and post-graduate teaching

• 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. Jean-François Tolsa (, head of the 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 August 25th, 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.

We offer a pleasant working atmosphere in a multicultural, diverse and dynamic academic environment. There are possibilities for continuing professional education and a multitude of activities and other benefits to discover. 


Université de Lausanne, Faculté de biologie et médecine

Unité de la Relève

Tel: 0216925031

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