Doctoral student SNSF in gerontology - University of Zurich

The NCCR LIVES aims at better understanding the phenomenon of vulnerability as well as the means to overcome it by adopting longitudinal and comparative approaches. The scope of this research centre is to stimulate interdisciplinary and international scientific publications and exchanges, and particularly to support younger scholars.

The new interdisciplinary study “SWISS100” aims at investigating vulnerability and resilience in centenarians, bringing together medical, psychiatric, biological, psychological, and sociological perspectives on very old age. Representing a collaboration between the University of Lausanne (NCCR LIVES), University of Geneva, the University hospitals CHUV and HUG, University of Zurich and SUPSI, SWISS100 will lead the first nation-wide centenarian study in Switzerland. The person selected for this position will be affiliated with both the University of Lausanne and the University of Zurich. The  main working location will be at the University of Zurich.

The University of Lausanne and the University Research Priority Program (URPP) “Dynamics of Healthy Aging” at the University of Zurich, invite applications for a Doctoral Student SNSF.

Job information

  • Expected start date in position : 01.01.2020 / to be agreed

  • Contract length : 1 year, renewable 1 x 3 years, maximum 4 years
  • Activity rate : 100%
  • Workplace : The main working location will be at the University of Zurich.
  • Deadline : December 31, 2019

In your activities, you will have :

  • complete a Ph.D. thesis on the topic of gerontology and advance your scientific development in this area of research.
  • support the organization of and data collection in the German-speaking part and the sensor-based activity assessments within the interdisciplinary project
  • support the development of the study procedures and materials in the area of sensor-based activity assessments related to health and well-being
  • contribute to the scientific output of the study in terms of written publications and presentations, with a particular focus on advanced analysis of within-person associations between the various longitudinal (incl. sensor-based) assessments of activities and psychological resources and risk factors.
  • co-supervision/mentoring of Bachelor and Master students and research interns

Full job description

Contact for further information

Prof. Mike Martin ( and Prof. Daniela Jopp (

Please, send your full application in Word or PDF. Only applications through the UNIL website will be taken into account. 

UNIL is committed to promoting gender equality and strongly encourages applications from female candidates.