The Schulthess Clinic in Zurich is one of Europe's leading orthopedic clinics with over 1,100 employees. Our prime objective is to relieve people of their pain and restore their mobility. As a specialist clinic, we focus on surgical orthopedics, neurology, rheumatology and sports medicine. The Schulthess Clinic is a Swiss Olympic Medical Center.

You too can become part of our leading orthopedic clinic as a

Chair of Research 100%

Your Tasks

  • Further develop and execute the general strategy of the research and development department together with the Scientific Advisory Board
  • Oversee and manage the Research Group Heads and Research Management Head
  • Proactively provide advice, support and guidance to the research and development team members in order to improve the quality and impact of our research and achieve our goals
  • Manage the operational research business and in doing so, create optimal framework conditions for the department
  • Oversee the research project portfolio and establish responsibilities
  • Monitor the impact of our research (bibliometric indices, scientific societies, third-party funding, progress of projects)
  • Meet with Research Group Heads regularly to review department research metrics and strategic initiative progress
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships and networks with key stakeholders involved in research – including industry, academic partners, and foundations
  • Coordinate and monitor collaborations with academic partners
  • Advance the national and international reputation of our department by means of research excellence and dissemination with a unifying theme through increased conduct of funded clinical research, consistently strong enrolment in clinical studies, increased publications, and representation of our research at national/international conferences
  • Maintain a highly productive research operation with a national and international reputation
  • Participate in project reviews to assure the quality of project work and results and enforce adherence to research guidelines
  • Analyse and review clinical trial reimbursement and support for contract and budget negotiations of industry-sponsored clinical trials and complex non-industry clinical trials
  • Actively engage in research initiatives and lead and contribute to their own research projects within our department

Your Profile

  • PhD or MD (preferably with PD) with a documented track record of scientific merits, preferably within musculoskeletal medicine or epidemiology
  • Managerial and assertive leadership skills
  • Proven experience in research funding acquisition and financial administration
  • Established networks and collaborations in national and international musculoskeletal research communities
  • Academic affiliation preferred
  • Experience with clinical trials, data science or new technologies in orthopaedics
  • Several years of experience in a similar position
  • Significant experience with mentorship
  • Significant evidence of experience in program/project leadership

Our Offer

We offer a responsible and varied position in a motivated team with good employment conditions and strong support from peers. With your commitment, you will contribute to the sustainable success of the clinic. You can expect a modern workplace in a dynamic work environment.


If you would like to know more about this position, please contact Julia Item, Department Head Research Management,


If you are interested, we look forward to receiving your online application. Application dossiers in paper form will not be returned. For further information, contact: Schulthess Klinik, Lengghalde 2, CH-8008 Zürich, Tel. +41 44 385 71 71,

Schulthess Klinik, Lengghalde 2, CH-8008 Zürich, Tel. +41 44 385 71 71,