Junior assistants and clinical traineeships in neurosurgery

We understand our academic task within the framework of scientifically sound, practical training as a permanent questioning and improvement of medical activity. In this sense, we support and encourage an alert, inquiring attitude. We offer sub-assistant positions for a period of two to three months.

You will

  • work full-time.
  • take medical histories under supervision and guidance.
  • look after patients.
  • be involved in general medical ward work.
  • assist with operations.
  • participate in medical research.
  • take part in the on-call service for neuro/spinal surgery operations.

Learning objectives

Surgery at the University Hospital Basel is responsible for the extended basic care of a catchment area of approx. 500,000 people.

Students should develop their practical skills and, at the end of the internship, be able to work as an assistant doctor in a neurosurgical or spinal surgery department.

This includes

  • Dealing with patients and their relatives
  • Independently taking the medical history and performing the examination
  • Correctly recording status and local status
  • Planning the clarifications
  • Making differential diagnostic considerations
  • Assessment of indicators
  • Assessment of operability
  • Manual skills such as wound care, performing lumbar punctures and lumbar cerebrospinal fluid drainage
  • Assisting with operations
  • Independent performance of minor surgical procedures under supervision, introduction to suture and plaster techniques
  • Organization of post-operative follow-up treatment and rehabilitation
  • Case presentation at reports and on ward rounds
  • Writing KG entries and reports

Working hours:

Working hours are generally based on those of the ward doctors and are strictly regulated. The regular working hours (elective operations) are fixed in both clinics and last up to a maximum of 10 hours and 45 minutes, including a 45-minute break. The earliest start time is 7 a.m., and the latest finish time is 6.30 p.m., depending on the clinic. On-call duty for surgical operations (neuro/spinal surgery) outside regular working hours is possible and would be compensated for in terms of time. We expressly draw your attention to the fact that you can expect a full workload with us.

Residence permit:

Will be applied for by us.

Salary, insurance:

The salary is CHF 1,200 per month. Social insurances (AHV, unemployment insurance, occupational and non-occupational accident insurance 3rd class) are deducted from this, as well as the costs for the residence permit in the first month. During their stay with us, sub-assistants are insured against occupational and non-occupational accidents and are also covered by liability insurance, but not by health insurance. You are obliged to extend your insurance cover to Switzerland.


At your own expense and organization.

We offer clinical traineeships in exceptional cases from the 10th semester onwards.

The differences

  • Clinical traineeships are unpaid.
  • Participation in the on-call service is voluntary.
  • The following also applies to clinical trainees: you can expect a full workload.

Application modalities

We would be pleased to receive your application as follows

For the period from April 2024 Application possible from March 2021

For the period from April 2025 Application possible from March 2022

For the period from April 2026 Application possible from March 2023

For the period from April 2027 Application possible from March 2024

Send your complete application with

  • Detailed curriculum vitae in tabular form (personal details, career, details of all - including planned - clinical traineeships and sub-assistantships, topic of doctoral thesis, photo)
  • Certificate of matriculation
  • Bachelor's or physics degree certificate/diploma examination certificates/equivalent certificates
  • ID/identity card or passport

For an undergraduate assistant position, please send an e-mail to the Neurosurgery office.