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Postdoc Position Biomedical Materials Focus Area

The AO is a medically guided, not-for-profit organization led by an international group of surgeons specialized in the treatment of trauma and disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Founded in 1958 by 13 visionary surgeons, the AO fosters one of the most extensive networks of over 215,000 surgeons, operating room personnel, and scientists in over 100 countries.

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.

We are looking for a very motivated

Postdoc Biomedical Materials Focus Area

Regenerative Orthopedics Program of the AO Research Institute Davos (ARI)

Topic: Interaction between immune cells and biomaterials. The successful candidate will be studying how neutrophils and macrophages interact with biomaterials, determining the interplay between chemical composition, bulk and local mechanical properties and surface topography on inflammation. This knowledge will be then harnessed with advances biofabrication techniques to create biomaterials constructs triggering a "healthy" inflammation with the ultimate goal of improving regeneration of musculoskeletal tissues after trauma and disease. This project is closely connected with numerous other projects within ARI.

Requirements: The candidate must be very self-motivated and have a strong interest in the research topic. The ideal candidate  holds a PhD degree in Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Health Sciences and Technology Materials Science, or similar disciplines, has excellent laboratory skills in chemical modification of biopolymers, cell culture and preparation of biomaterials-based constructs, biochemistry assays, proteomics; confocal microscopy; previous experience with laboratory handling of immune cells and 3D (bio)printing is a plus.

Eligibility to apply and obtain a Visa for temporary residence is Switzerland is essential.

We require good English language skills, a work ethic suitable to the challenges we plan to offer. Familiarity with a cross-cultural/interdisciplinary environment is an advantage.

What we offer: Training at the forefront of biomaterials research in the context of a world-renewed musculoskeletal research institute; a challenging and rewarding research and educational program within a unique global organization based in Davos that offers urban flair in a pristine natural environment; a wide international network with the best scientists in the field, support searching for accommodation; networking opportunities to prepare the candidate for the next step in her/his career.

ARI's Biomedical Materials Focus Area is committed to designing advanced biomaterials and the development of manufacturing technologies for improved musculoskeletal disorders therapies.

We create polymeric biomaterials that react to environmental stimuli, that interact with cells and tissues and that are amenable to cutting-edge biofabrication technologies.


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.

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Position type
Full-time employee

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Judith Baumberger
Senior HR Business Partner a.i., AO Foundation

phone: +41 81 414 2813

Clavadelerstrasse 8 7270 Davos