PhD Student Progenitor Cell Biology and Mechanoregulation

The AO is a medically-guided, not-for-profit organization, a global network of surgeons, and the world's leading education, innovation, and research organization specializing in the surgical treatment of trauma and musculoskeletal disorders. We are home to people from all over the world, from different backgrounds, with diverse talents and specialist areas. What binds us together is our passion for excellence, our dedication to our mission of improving patient care, and our understanding that we are stronger together: we are one AO. 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:  Students / Interns
Please send us your application documents in:  English

Job Responsibilities

  • Plan and conduct in vitro experiments with primary human BMSCs.
  • Establish and utilize cellular and molecular methods for musculoskeletal tissue.
  • Optimise new protocols for recapitulating physiologic osteogenic differentiation.

Job Requirements

  • A Masters in cell or molecular biology, biomedical engineering, or related fields. 
  • Previous experience in cell culture and laboratory techniques (e.g., confocal microscopy, molecular biology)
  • Basic bioinformatics skills (bulk RNAseq and/or single cell RNAseq) 
  • Experience in planning and executing research experiments.
  • Excellent communication skills in English (written and oral).
  • Ability to solve complex tasks in a highly independent manner along with a willing-to-help attitude.
  • Present good adaptation and integration skills in a cross-cultural/interdisciplinary environment.
  • High motivation and passion for research.

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

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:  Apr 5, 2024