The Department of Cardiology at Inselspital, Bern University Hospital is the largest cardiology department in Switzerland. The clinic offers interdisciplinary and comprehensive cardiac care to its broadest extent and includes over 15 specialized clinics and consulting services, and closely collaborates with the departments of Angiology and Cardiovascular Surgery. The Department is the main teaching hospital for the University of Bern and trains over 40 clinical cardiology fellows per year.
The Center for Cardiac Arrhythmias and Electrophysiology at the Department of Cardiology is the most comprehensive and busiest cardiac electrophysiology center in Switzerland performing more than 1200 catheter ablations, 500 pacemaker procedures and 200 ICD procedures per year. All complex and novel interventional electrophysiology procedures are being performed including Pulsed Field Ablations and complex VT ablations, and there is an active clinical cardiac EP fellowship training program. The outpatient service of the center provides regular device check-ups and pre- and post-procedural consulting to patients. The center collaborates with both Swiss and international electrophysiological centers for a multitude of projects, including several ongoing industry and investigator-initiated multicenter randomized clinical trials. The faculty are clinicians and scientists with tremendous experience who advance medical innovation and provide patient care informed by the latest research findings.
The Center for Cardiac Arrhythmias and Electrophysiology is seeking a motivated and enthusiastic fellow for a funded Research Fellowship in Cardiac Electrophysiology, with a minimum duration of 12 months. The fellowship program aims to provide fellows with the knowledge and skills requisite for an academic investigative career and a foundation for further training in the performance of advanced electrophysiological and device implantation procedures. The Fellow will work closely with senior electrophysiologists and be involved in or responsible for scientific tasks, such as data analysis, manuscript and abstract writing, design, and performance of clinical trials, etc. The research projects will focus on novel ablation technologies of atrial and ventricular arrhythmias as well as novel pacing technologies including leadless pacing and conduction system pacing, including several randomized clinical trials. The successful candidate will receive competitive compensation and an appointment in the Department of Cardiology as a postdoctoral research fellow.
Requirements for interested candidates:
· Strong interest and long-term academic career aims in the field of clinical cardiac electrophysiology
· At least 2 years of experience in clinical cardiology as a fellow anywhere in or outside Switzerland
· Fluency in written and spoken English
· At least 6 months of experience either in cardiac arrhythmias or cardiac imaging (CMR, CT) will be an advantage
· Prior academic and scientific accomplishments, particularly articles in the fields of cardiovascular medicine in cardiovascular journals will be an advantage
Our fellowship offers the following:
· Guaranteed salary for 1 year with the support to apply for external funding for an optional second year, should the yearly evaluation be satisfactory and should it be sought by the fellow
· Interaction with a large team with diverse clinical and scientific expertise (arrhythmias, genetics, imaging, etc.)
· Participation in national and international collaborations in the field of arrhythmias and electrophysiology
· Possibility for limited involvement (max. 1 day/week or 3 months full-time) at the outpatient arrhythmia/device clinic or the cardiac electrophysiology laboratory under the supervision of a senior cardiac electrophysiologist. For involvement in the clinic, German language proficiency of at least B2 level is required by national health authorities.
· Participation in the weekly lectures and training courses for cardiology fellows (in the German language)
· If the appointment is extended to 24 months and the candidate proves skilled and motivated, involvement in the cardiac electrophysiology laboratory on a regular basis (2-3 days a week) is possible
Interested candidates should send application documents via email to Prof. Tobias Reichlin, MD at firstname.lastname@example.org including the following documents:
· a brief statement of research and career interests
· names and email addresses of at least two individuals who can provide a reference for the applicant, preferably, current and prior mentors.
Fellowship start date: 1st of October 2022 preferred but flexible
Tobias Reichlin, M.D., FESC
Professor of Medicine
Director, Center for Cardiac Arrhythmias and Electrophysiology
Chief Physician, Department of Cardiology
Inselspital, Bern University Hospital
Freiburgstrasse 18, CH-3010 Bern, Switzerland
Phone: +41 31 664 00 50