The Faculty of Science (Faculty of Science and Medicine from January 2018) of the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, announces the opening of a position of Professor in Paediatrics.

Official announcement : download the pdf file

For more information, select one of the links below :
General conditions
Application procedure
Academic environment
Clinical environment
Infrastructure, positions and funding


General conditions

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The successful candidate should be MD or MD/PhD, specialist in paediatrics (FMH or equivalent) and subspecialist in an important field of paediatrics, and have a broad experience in clinical activity, research and teaching at university level.

The Position is foreseen at

  • 50% full professorship at the University of Fribourg: academic activity (teaching, research)
  • 50% clinical activity in a senior position in the Department of Paediatrics of the Fribourg Hospital (HFR)

Preference will be given to candidates with a “habilitation” degree (or equivalent experience, Venia Legendi/Privatdozent). Qualified applicants must have an outstanding track record of successful independent research in the field of paediatrics. The successful candidate is expected to develop an internationally recognized competitive research programme sustained by external funding.

The research topic will depend on the academic expertise of the candidate. Given the different interests of the research teams in Fribourg, synergies within the Faculty of Science and Medicine, the Department of Psychology and the different departments of the hospital will be encouraged. The future professor will also supervise Master theses, Doctorates (MD and PhD), and participate in the general encouragement of upcoming scientists and academics.

The future professor will take part in the present educational programme at Bachelor level. He/she is expected to play an active role in the development of a full curriculum of Master of Medicine (with an emphasis on family medicine). This master is a collaborative programme between the University of Fribourg, the Fribourg Hospital (HFR), the Mental Health Network of Fribourg (RFSM), and regional general practitioners.
The first cohort of students will start in September 2019. Therefore, the curriculum committee (in which the Professor of Paediatrics will participate) will have two years to prepare and develop the programme.

Finally, the professor of Paediatrics will have a 50% position at the HFR at a leading or associate level according to the department organisation. The department of Paediatrics consists of an inpatient unit of general paediatrics, a unit of neonatology, a multidisciplinary paediatric emergency room and an outpatient clinic. As part of the medical team, the future professor will share the responsibility of the supervision of these different units during duty hours and nightshifts. His/her role in the team will depend on his/her profile. A relevant specialty in general paediatrics, e.g. allergology / pneumology, is of particular interest for the hospital.

Seeking to promote an equitable representation of women and men, the University strongly encourages applications from women.


Application procedure

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Hard copies of the following documents should be forwarded to the mailing address below:



a cover letter mentioning the position for which the candidate is applying (Full Professor of Paediatrics)
a complete curriculum vitae
a complete list of publications (highlighting specifically the 5 most important contributions)
a detailed record of teaching experience
a record of past and present funding
a 1-2 page description of the research which the candidate intends to carry out in Fribourg
the names and addresses (postal and e-mail) of three persons who could be contacted as referees

Deadline: the applications have to reach the Dean's office before
November 20th, 2017

Prof. Christian Bochet
Dean of the Faculty of Sciences
University of Fribourg
Chemin du Musée 8

Please also send an electronic version of the application ("<Your Name>.pdf") and PDF versions of the 5 most relevant publications ("<Your Name>-papers.pdf") to the Faculty Administrator at the Dean's Office (


Academic environment

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Faculty and Departments
Study programmes


Faculty and Departments


The Department of Medicine of the Faculty of Science hosts currently 20 professors, distributed into four teaching domains, namely Morphological Sciences, Physiology, Sport Science, Clinical Medicine (Pathology, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Cardiology, Neurology, Endocrinology, Psychiatry) and Medical Humanities. Clinical teaching is ensured in collaboration with the HFR and the RFSM.
For the implementation of the Master of Medicine, 12 additional professor positions (Family Medicine, Medical Education, Community Medicine and Public Health, Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Internal Medicine/Chronic Diseases, Internal Medicine/Therapeutic Education, Surgery, Orthopaedics, Gynaecology-Obstetrics, Paediatrics, Geriatrics and Emergency Medicine) are currently open. The Chief Physicians of the HFR and RFSM will provide teaching forces in many other domains.
The Department of Medicine is led by a president who is elected for 2 years amongst the professors of the Department. Major decisions are taken by the Department Council, which includes the teaching staff and student representatives. Starting in 2018, Medicine will be a Section within the Faculty of Science and Medicine, and will count 5 departments. The professor of Paediatrics will join the department of Community Medicine and participate in the Institute of Family Medicine.

Study programmes


The future section of Medicine offers three three-year Bachelor degree curricula:

  • BMed in Human Medicine
  • BSc in Biomedical Sciences
  • BSc in Sport Science and Motor Control
In addition, two 1.5-year Master Degree curricula are offered:
  • MSc in Sport Science and Motor Control
  • MSc in Experimental Biomedical Research

Additionally, a joint Master programme in Biomedical Sciences is offered by the Universities of Fribourg and Berne. Starting in September 2019, the new Master of Medicine will prepare 40 medical students for the Swiss Federal medical exams and will be characterized by a strong interest in Family Medicine.

Principles of the Master of Medicine: The Plan of the Master of Medicine is presented in the Message au Grand Conseil / Botschaft an den Grossen Rat. The future professors will have to be able to develop their research environment together with the other clinical professors, the rest of the Department of Medicine, and the Fribourg general hospital. As mentioned in “concept of the teaching” in the plan, the Master of Medicine should rely on outcome-based education and acquisition of competences (Entrustable Professional Activities/EPA).
The major purpose of the programme is to favour clinical competences, communication abilities, economic and ethical thinking, as well as evidence-based medicine.

The postgraduate education at the Department of Medicine is offered within the framework of a "doctoral school" (together with the Universities of Geneva, Lausanne, Neuchâtel, Bern and Basel) that runs a joint programme of invited lectures and summer schools for graduate students (the "Troisième Cycle Romand" programme). A special programme for training in neurosciences in collaboration with the University of Bern is also offered.



Research currently conducted in the Department of Medicine embraces a variety of topics, at the moment concentrated in 4 clusters of research: (i) cancer, immunology and microbiology; (ii) neuroscience; (iii) cardiovascular system, metabolism and endocrinology; and (iv) medical humanities. Further research clusters are foreseen and will rely on the orientations of the future professors.
Please find further information on present state and planned future developments in the Department of Medicine in the «Strategic plan» and in the Scientific report».

We expect, with the arrival of the new clinical professors in 2019, that the section of medicine will develop clinical research, also in collaboration with the HFR and the RFSM.



The University of Fribourg is bilingual. Lectures at the Bachelor level – as well as at the level of the Master of Medicine – are given in French or in German. Students are expected to understand both languages, but can take their exams in either language. Master of Science and PhD programmes are taught mainly in English. Candidates are expected to have a working knowledge of all three languages or be willing to acquire such knowledge within a short time.


Clinical environment

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The Hospital of Fribourg (HFR) is an autonomous establishment, governed by public law, comprising five sites and over 600 beds. The Hôpital Cantonal (350 beds) is located in the town of Fribourg and acts as the cantonal centre for all specialized services that are not available at the other hospitals. Two additional hospitals handle patients requiring acute care (HFR-Riaz and HFR-Tavel). Two further sites are involved in care related to rehabilitation, geriatrics and palliative cases (HFR-Billens and HFR-Meyriez). Cases requiring highly specialized medical treatment are transferred to university hospitals in neighbouring cantons (e.g. CHUV in Lausanne, Inselspital in Bern). More than 2500 collaborators, including 260 medical doctors, carry out the activity of the HFR. The Psychiatry Hospital is located in Marsens and is integrated in the Fribourg Mental Health Network. The existing collaboration with the colleagues of the RFSM for the educational programme of the Bachelor and research activities will be extended to the Master Level to ensure an optimal clinical training of the students.

The Department of Paediatrics of the HFR is led by Prof Johannes Wildhaber, and has an emergency, outpatient and inpatient facility. Information about the organisation can be found on this website in either French or German. The actual team of the Paediatrics department is described under this link. In the case of the present position, relevant specialty in general paediatrics, e.g. allergology or pneumology, would be of particularly interest for the hospital.


Infrastructure, positions and funding

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Rooms and facilities

The Professor of Paediatrics and his research Unit will share his/her location between the University and the Hôpital cantonal (HFR).

Computers (University, teaching and research)

The University’s computer service supplies all departmental members (academic and technical staff) with state-of-the-art personal computers and appropriate office, reference, statistical and graphics software. Specific research software is considered for research facilities.


Positions (University, teaching and research)

The new Professor of Paediatrics will receive the following dotation:

  • 50% MER (maître d’enseignement et de recherche / Lehr- und Forschungsrat) according to budget
  • 50% médecin assistant / Assistenzarzt (Medical Resident) according to budget
  • access to the study nurse pool of the Master of Medicine (up to an equivalent of 50%)
  • access to the secretary pool of the Master of Medicine
A 100% IT specialist is at the service of the MMed programme (professors, office of studies).


Financial support (University, teaching and research)

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Set-up funding

  • Installation credit for research activities, based on the standard amounts of the Faculty and the resources available
  • Resources for computing material will be at the new professor’s disposal

Running expenses

  • Participation of the annual credits (operating, equipment, informatics, library)
  • Separate credits for teaching activities



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For further information, please contact

  • For the academic activity (50%):
    Prof. Anna Lauber-Biason (
    Department of Medicine UniFR
    tel: +41 26 426 81 32
  • For the clinical activity (50%):
    Dr Cosette Pharisa (
    Department of Paediatrics of the Hospital

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