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Junior Project Leader Surgery (temporary position for 2 years)

The AO is a medically-guided, not-for-profit organisation, a global network of surgeons, and the world's leading education, innovation, and research organisation specialising 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 (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.

Employment Type:  Temporary
Part-time percentage:  100%
This position is located in: 

Davos Platz, CH

Experience level:  Professional Newcomers
Please send us your application documents in:  English

The team you will join:

The Focus Area Surgery team of the Preclinical Services Program of ARI, is service oriented and therefore involved in a variety of preclinical studies in collaboration with internal and external partners. The majority of studies is related to bone fracture fixation and healing, aiming to provide solutions with high translational potential.

With this context, we are looking for a (Junior) Project Leader to join our team at the Focus Area Surgery of the Preclinical Services Program of the ARI.

In this role you will be required to:

  • Assist and conduct anesthesia and imaging (radiography and CT imaging)
  • Assist surgical procedures
  • Post operative care of laboratory animals (mice, rats, rabbits and sheep)
  • Support of acquisition and maintenance of accreditations (e.g. ISO 9001, AAALAC, GLP) of the Preclinical Program/ARI
  • To carry out service / scientific and administrative work related to the projects
  • To support publication of the results in peer-reviewed journals
  • To supervise and motivate interns and fellows
  • Maintain lab books
  • Support laboratory process and all relevant project documentation

To master this challenge you have:

  • University degree in Veterinary Medicine, postgraduate experience is a plus
  • Motivated and responsible personality, team player
  • Accurate, reliable, and detail-oriented working style
  • Pleasure in practical and computer work
  • Ideally trained in the handling of laboratory animals or motivation to be trained to handle laboratory animals
  • Good communication skills in English and also in German or willingness to learn
  • Willingness to live in Davos or the surrounding area and, in exceptional cases, to work on weekends

We offer

  • An interesting and varied job in an exciting and innovative organization
  • The opportunity to be part of a highly committed international team
  • Modern infrastructure
  • Employment conditions which match the requirements and offer a high degree of flexibility regarding 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.

Date of publication:  Mar 6, 2023