GIS Analyst / Statistician (50-80%), The Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM), University of Bern, Switzerland



The Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM), University of Bern, employs over 150 staff, provides undergraduate and post-graduate teaching and carries out research in a range of disciplines relevant to clinical epidemiology and public health.

We are looking for a

GIS Analyst / Statistician (50-80%)

to strengthen our research team on the spatial epidemiology cancer in children. The project investigates environmental risk factors of childhood cancer, such as ionizing radiation and air pollution, and assesses spatio-temporal clustering of cancer. The study combines two nation-wide datasets, the Swiss National Cohort ( and the Swiss Childhood Cancer Registry (
Main tasks:
•    Provide GIS support for the team. Specific tasks are to model geographically defined exposures, visualise spatial data, and define appropriate geographic units of analysis.
•    Analyse spatial data using methods for detecting spatio-temporal clustering and disease mapping.
•    Contribute to scientific publications and conferences.
•    PhD or Master level qualification in statistics/geography/computer science or related field
•    Experience in statistical analysis and statistical programming (preferably in R) 
•    Strong skills in the handling and visualisation of spatial data (e.g. in ArcGis, sp package in R)
•    A strong interest in applied research
•    The ability to work efficiently and independently
•    Excellent knowledge of English (German and French are an advantage)
An understanding of and experience in specific methods of spatial statistics (spatial point processes, methods for regional count data, cluster detection and disease mapping) is an advantage but not a requirement. Candidates should, however, be interested in acquiring these skills.
The post is offered as a part-time position (50-80%) for 2 years initially. The salary will depend on experience, in accordance with the university scales. The starting date is negotiable but should be in early 2014.
Please send your application or any requests for further information to Dr Ben Spycher (email: Applications must include a curriculum vitae and motivation letter. The deadline for applications is 29th November 2013.

University of Bern, Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, Finkenhubelweg 11,
3012 Bern, Switzerland,