University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland - SUPSI

Ph.D. in the Area of AI-Enabled Precision Health

2024-06-30 (Europe/Zurich)
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Deadline: June 30th, 2024

The University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) has opened a full time (100%) position for a PhD student in AI-enabled Precision Health at the Department of Innovative Technologies (DTI) located in Lugano, within the Institute of Digital Technologies for Personalized Healthcare (MeDiTech). Contract start on 1st September 2024 or earlier date to be agreed upon.


  • Applied research activity in the field of AI-enabled precision health applications, using various algorithms to enable reuse of existing healthcare and other health data to support clinical research and clinical care.
  • Responsible AI applications of shallow and deep machine learning algorithms in healthcare settings.
  • Write scientific papers for journals and conference proceedings, project deliverables, and internal reports.
  • Present research findings to a wide audience, including conferences, workshops and project review meetings.
  • Engage in teaching and tutoring students.



  • Master’s degree in computer science, data science, informatics, software engineering, or related fields, already obtained or close to completion.
  • Background in shallow and deep machine learning.
  • High motivation and commitment for research and publishing at top-ranked conferences and journals.
  • Strong programming skills, with familiarity in Python (or Java).
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English.
  • Good organizational skills, ability to work independently, and to be proactive.
  • Ability to work in a team and with colleagues and other members of the Institute and engage in scientific dialogue.
  • Interest in teaching and tutoring students.


  • Experience with Natural Language Processing (NLP) applications.
  • Experience in projects involving Python and/or Java software development, implementation and evaluation in a biomedical environment (especially healthcare / clinical).
  • Knowledge of deep learning frameworks such as PyTorch and spaCy.
  • Practical knowledge of the Italian language is preferred, but not required.

We offer

  • Fixed-term employment contract.
  • Attractive salary, in line with Swiss standards and the candidate's experience.
  • An international working environment.
  • Participation in high-profile conferences, workshops and schools.

We value diversity

In all its actions, SUPSI guarantees an inclusive study and working environment that is accessible and respectful of all differences, in order to offer a high-quality university education to all. More about diversity and inclusion here.

Additional information

The requirements for this function are published as part of SUPSI’s internal regulations (Direttive interne SUPSI) and as part of the SUPSI employee regulations (Regolamento del personale SUPSI) on the website (follow the links to SUPSI, “Documenti ufficiali”).

For further information, please contact: Prof. Stéphane Meystre (MeDiTech director)

Applicants should submit the following documents, written in English:

  • Motivation letter, including a brief description of past research experience and future interests (1-2 pages).
  • Curriculum vitae with publications list (if any) and a link to the Master thesis
  • List of courses and grades of bachelor’s and master’s degrees (transcript of records)
  • List of (at least) two references (with e-mail addresses).

Applications will be considered only if submitted electronically within June 30th, 2024, through the appropriate form.

Applications that are incomplete, submitted to other addresses, or submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.


Ph.D. in the Area of AI-Enabled Precision Health
Via Cantonale 2C Lugano, Schweiz
2024-06-30 23:59 (Europe/Zurich)
2024-06-30 23:59 (CET)
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