The University of Bern in close collaboration with the industrial and clinical partners, the Swiss Institute for Translational and Entrepreneurial Medicine (sitem-insel) is inviting applications for a funded PhD position with the possibility to work at the forefront of biomedical engineering on cutting-edge cardiovascular technologies.

Tasks and responsibilities:
  • Current percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) catheters are highly sophisticated tools in the field of cardiovascular technologies.
  • To develop a new catheter design and investigate on new production methods within the next three years. In a scientific approach and in close collaboration with the industrial partner.
  • The candidate will conceptualize a catheter design with respect to given requirements; evaluate suitable manufacturing technologies and materials; perform in-silico experiments to support the design and manufacturing phase of the catheter; build physical prototypes; develop and utilize mock experiments to test the catheter’s features, structural integrity and performance.


  • Applicant must hold a master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Plastics Engineering or Microtechnology.
  • A strong mechanical background will be preferred. You should be enthusiastic for conducting research on cardiovascular technologies and micro mechanical systems.
  • Knowledge in plastic materials and manufacturing methods is an advantage.
  • Interest in analytical and practical experimental work in close collaboration with engineers and physicians is a prerequisite.
  • Applicant must be fluent in spoken and written English. German knowledge will be an advantage.
  • Applicant must have an independent and self-motivated work style, good communication skills and strong team-working abilities.


  • Application including cover letter, CV and certificates to be sent via e mail to Dr. Adrian Zurbuchen (University of Bern, Medical Faculty, sitem-insel, Schwarztorstrasse 56, 3007 Bern,
—————–Quick Overview————-
Organization University of Bern
Country Switzerland
Fellowship Level Doctoral
Subject areas Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Plastics Engineering, Microtechnology
Fellowship amount Varies
Eligibility Open to all nationalities
Deadline Varies

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