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 Orthopaedic Surgery.

Official announcement : download the pdf file

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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 orthopaedic surgery (FMH or equivalent), 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% as head of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery 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 orthopaedic surgery. 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 and with the different departments of the hospital will be encouraged (e.g. materials, nanocoating, tissue regeneration, etc.). 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 orthopaedic surgery will participate) will have approx. 18 months to prepare and develop the programme.

The future professor should have a strong record in teaching, and also be a recognized teacher for postgraduate education. He/she should demonstrate experience in teaching residents and fellows in orthopaedic surgery and traumatology and have the clinical knowledge and skills to maintain the department of orthopaedic in the category A as a centre of education (highest classification for the FMH, see these texts in French and in German).

The professor of orthopaedic surgery will also have the position of head of the Department of orthopaedic surgery and traumatology of the Fribourg Hospital (HFR). As such, he/she is expected to excel as a clinician and a surgeon. He/she should be both a clinician and an operator recognized by his/her peers for his broad knowledge in orthopaedics and traumatology, while also being an expert with a special surgical focus such as the surgery of pelvis and hip, of spine, etc., with the exception of oncology and paediatric orthopaedics which are not within the attribution of the Fribourg Hospital (HFR). As head of the department, he/she is also expected to have experience in managing a team or a department and the ability to impose his visions to a multi-site team. He/she is expected to promote the development of all orthopaedic subspecialties (except oncology and paediatric orthopaedics) with the help of its main collaborators (sport, spine, hip, hand, etc.) and he/she will also participate with the other heads of departments in the medical direction of the Fribourg Hospital (HFR).

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 (Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery)
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
December 15th, 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 orthopaedic surgery will join the Department of Medical-Surgical Specialties (Département de spécialités médico-chirurgicales).

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».




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.

At the present time, the Department of orthopaedic surgery and traumatology is organized in 3 sites (HFR Fribourg – Hôpital Cantonal, HFR Riaz and HFR Tafers), with the complex cases treated in HFR Fribourg – Hôpital Cantonal where the Head of Department is based. On both peripheral sites, 5 team leaders cover all domains of orthopaedic surgery and traumatology with the help of 3 chief residents and 9 residents (16 beds in HFR Riaz and 12 beds in HFR Tafers), while the organization on the main site of HFR Fribourg – Hôpital Cantonal is divided in 5 teams focusing each on specific orthopaedic domains (hip and pelvis, spine, foot and ankle, knee and upper limb) all headed by a team leader with the help of team-specific chief residents and residents. Teams focusing on the hand as well as sport medicine are in project, while the emergency/traumatology team refers to the specific teams for complex cases. Overall, the site of HFR Fribourg – Hôpital Cantonal has a staff of 6 team leaders, 11 chief residents and 12 residents for 40 beds. The department is accredited as a centre FMH of category A (highest category) for the specific education in orthopaedic surgery and traumatology, a level expected to be maintained by the future head of the Department.

The Department is also bilingual and some sites are French speaking while others are German speaking. The candidate is expected to interact and communicate with his staff and patients in both languages.


Infrastructure, positions and funding

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Rooms and facilities

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

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 orthopaedic surgery 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. Curzio Rüegg (
    Department of Medicine UniFR
    tel: +41 26 300 87 66
  • For the clinical activity (50%):
    Dr. med. Jean Dudler (
    Department of Rheumatology of the Hospital
    tel: +41 26 306 19 05

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