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PhD Student Infection Biology Focus Area

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The AO is a medically-guided, not-for-profit organization, a global network of surgeons, and the world's leading education, innovation, and research organization specializing in the surgical treatment of trauma and musculoskeletal disorders. We have a global network of over 385,000 health care professionals. Each year we offer over 830 educational events around the world, supported by nearly 9,000 faculty members and attended by over 58,000 participants. We have around 18,500 surgeon members working in the fields of trauma, spine, craniomaxillofacial, veterinary, and reconstructive surgery. For more information, visit:

The mission of the AO Research Institute Davos (ARI) is excellence in applied Preclinical Research and Development within trauma and disorders of the musculoskeletal system and translation of this knowledge to achieve more effective patient care worldwide. The ARI contributes high quality applied Preclinical Research and Development (exploratory and translational) focused towards clinical applications/solutions as well as investigates and improves the performance of surgical procedures, devices and substances. It fosters a close relationship with the AO medical community, academic societies, and universities and provides a research environment and support for AO clinicians.

The successful applicant will be working within a multi-disciplinary team investigating host-pathogen interactions in the context of Staphylococcus aureus infection of bone. The position may be particularly suitable for candidates experienced in microbiology and immunology with an interest in developing cross disciplinary skills and working in a multidisciplinary environment.

The successful candidate will be jointly supervised by the Fintan Moriarty (ARI), and Esther de Jong and Sebastian Zaat (AMC), including to the extensive in-house facilities and expert collaborators at both institutions. The candidate will graduate at the University of Amsterdam.

We are looking for an highly motivated 

PhD Student Infection Biology Focus Area 100%

In this role you will be required to

  • Interaction of Staphylococcus aureus with bone cells, as well as indirect effects mediated by interactions with cells of the immune system
  • Summarize the current state of the art in the field of osteoimmunology relating to infection
  • Project related travel between Switzerland and the Netherlands will be required

In order to master this challenge you have

  • Undergraduate and Master's degree in Microbiology, Cell Biology, Immunology, Biomedical Sciences or related field
  • Specific experience in the fields of bacterial infection or cell culture is preferred
  • Ability to work and communicate well within a team and meet deadlines is essential
  • A working level of spoken and written English
  • Independent, structured and accurate way of working

We offer

  • An interesting and varied job in an exciting and innovative organization
  • Working in a highly committed international team
  • Modern infrastructure
  • Employment conditions which match the requirements and offer a high degree of flexibility re working hours and location

If you meet the requirements of this challenging opportunity, please submit your complete online application (motivation letter, CV, recent photograph, certificates, reference letters, etc.) through our online application system. Applications received via other channels will not be considered in the process.

Additional information



Position type

Full-time employee

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Contact Judith Baumberger, Senior HR Business Partner a.i., AO Foundation, via +41 79 336 36 19 or via