PhD Student in Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology

The Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) is a world-leading institute in global health with a particular focus on low- and middle-income countries. Associated with the University of Basel, Swiss TPH combines research, education and services at local, national and international levels. 900 people from 80 nations work at Swiss TPH focusing on infectious and non-communicable diseases, environment, society and health as well as health systems and interventions.The Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (EPH), within Swiss TPH, develops and applies epidemiological, statistical and mathematical methods to advance innovation, validation and applica-tion in the field of public health. The Household Health Systems Research group is currently looking for a PhD Student in Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology (100%).

Your position

About the Research Project: The position is linked to the “Exclusive breastfeeding: global rates, optimal duration, and a multi-country intervention” project which is funded under the Ambizione program of the Swiss National Sci-ence Foundation. The project is done in collaboration with the University of São Paulo and the Lao Tropical and Public Health Institute. The overall objectives of this project are to: 1) empirically assess the relationship between exclusive breastfeeding duration and child health and development; 2) create updated and comparable estimates for compliance with recommendations at national, regional and global levels; and 3) implement an innovative intervention to optimize exclusive breastfeeding in two middle-income countries with low exclusive breastfeeding rates.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of global health and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, dis-ability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in the world. When you join the team, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community. Within this project, we believe that learning is a fundamental part of working, and our goal is for everyone to feel supported and equipped to realize their full potential.

Your responsibilities include:

  • Writing scientific, peer-reviewed manuscripts
  • Presenting research results at local and international conferences and meetings
  • Coordinate research activities, including setting up a longitudinal randomized control trial in Brazil, leading a qualitative focus group study, developing data collection instruments, training new research staff, submitting ethical approvals, and data management
  • Data analysis for quantitative and qualitative data
  • Opportunity to train and supervise bachelors and master’s students

Your profile

  • Master’s degree in public health, epidemiology, social sciences, or related field
  • Experience in quantitative statistical analyses and data management – preferably in R, STATA, or SAS
  • Command of English, both written and spoken
  • Ability to work self-sufficiently and as part of a research team
  • Willingness to live abroad in Brazil and Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) for at least six months
  • Interest in researching the mother, infant, and human milk triad with a global perspective

Preferred qualifications:

  • Ability to speak Portuguese

We offer you

  • A unique research opportunity with high public health relevance for Switzerland and beyond. The PhD is done within a doctoral program of the University Basel and the Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+).
  • The salary scheme is according to SNF and is as follow (Year 1: CHF (Swiss Francs) 47’040 per annum, Year 2: CHF 48’415 per annum, Year 3: CHF 49’915 per annum)
  • Additional financial support (maximum 1’000 CHF more per child/month) is available to help cover the external child care costs for PhD students with children. More information can be found here:
  • Those interested in studying abroad have the opportunity to improve their scientific profile by going abroad for 6-12 months while being employed. More information can be found here:

Application / Contact Swiss TPH an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity. Please submit your application online via the link provided below:

  • Motivation letter
  • CV
  • Diploma(s) and transcripts with grades
  • Writing sample (published or unpublished)
  • Names and contact information (e-mail or phone) of 3 references

The deadline for applications is March 1st 2023.All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability.

Please note that we can only accept applications via our online recruiting tool: via e-mail or external recruiter will not be considered.

Contact:Dr. Jordyn Tinka

Job Profile:

  • Start Date: 1 September 2023
  • Location: Allschwil, Switzerland – with possibility to work abroad
  • Duration: limited, three years
  • Percentage: 100%
  • Salary: according to the SNF PhD salary scheme