PhD candidate 100%



Swiss Paraplegic Research (SPF) is an affiliate of the Swiss Paraplegic Foundation. The mission of SPF is sustainably improving the situation of people with spinal cord injury (SCI) through clinical and interdisciplinary research on a national and international level. Specific areas of its comprehensive research include functioning, movement and mobility, social integration, equality of opportunity, self-determination, quality of life, health services provision as well as morbidity and mortality. SPF is an extra-university research institution recognized and promoted by the Swiss federal government and the cantons and an active link to academic and industrial research and development at the national and international levels.

To support our research projects in the field of Therapies/Robotics, the Neuro-Musculoskeletal Functioning and Mobility Research Group is currently looking for a

PhD candidate 100%

People with a cervical spinal cord injury consider improvements in upper limb function as one of the most important factors in enhancing their quality of life. Specialized rehabilitation centers use innovative, assistive technology (e.g., robotic devices) to improve upper limb function in order to enhance the effects of functional training by providing increased therapy intensity and adaptive support in a controlled manner.


  • Reviewing scientific literature
  • Developing a PhD research plan
  • Planning, managing and conducting data collection in a clinical research setting
  • Performing statistical analyses
  • Writing of ethical applications and scientific papers as part of the PhD thesis
  • Presenting study results at national and international conferences
  • Collaboration with an interdisciplinary team of researchers, therapists and clinicians in a clinical setting focused on the treatment of SCI
  • Regular participation in the University's graduate program


  • Master degree in Movement Science, Health Science, Physiotherapy / Occupational Therapy or a closely related field
  • Experience in project planning and conduction
  • Experience or interest in clinical research
  • Affinity for technology and interest in the use of technology-supported therapy approaches
  • Strong interest or experience in statistical methods
  • Programming skills (e.g. Matlab, R) desired
  • Proficiency in German and English
  • Independent working attitude as well as the ability to work in a team


Voyage of Discovery


We offer:

  • A full-time PhD position in a stimulating and productive working atmosphere
  • Excellent conditions for innovative and vital research in the context of SCI
  • An exciting research project with close connection and high impact on clinical practice
  • Supportive mentoring to advance research skills

The position is for 3 years; starting date as soon as possible or upon individual agreement. The successful candidate will be affiliated with the University of Lucerne, Department of Health Sciences and Medicine, University Campus Nottwil and supervised by Prof. Dr. Claudio Perret and Dr. Mario Widmer.

For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Claudio Perret, or +41 41 939 65 50.


Schweizer Paraplegiker-Forschung

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Deadline: 2024-03-13
Location: Switzerland, Nottwil
Categories: Clinical Sciences, Health Science, Human Movement Science, Occupational Medicine, PhD, Physiotherapy, Programming, Statistics,


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