Career Talks

PPHS Career Talks


Orientation for your (future) career can be overwhelming. What jobs do exist? What are my chances? Where do you start?

PPHS invites alumni in- and outside academia to give an insight into their own career paths.

  • How did they end up in that position after their PhD?
  • What were the reasons to decide to follow that specific career path?

They will talk about their work responsibilities, explain their every-day tasks, and depict the advantages and disadvantages of their work. Furthermore, they will explain how they transitioned from their PhD into the job and how they planned their career.


Each semester, 3 PPHS alumni will talk about their career paths. During these two-hour sessions, they will give a presentation and answer your questions.


The event is open to all PPHS members as well as other PhD students in the Health Sciences of the University of Basel, and SSPH+ IGC members.

Speakers (Career Talk 10 June 2021)

Dr. Clara Sailer, MD, PhD – postdoctoral researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr. Clara O. Sailer, MD, PhD, holds master’s degrees in Human Medicine from the University of Basel and Clinical Research from Dresden International University. After defending her MD-PhD thesis “Primary polydipsia in the medical and psychiatric patient” in 2020, she was awarded the prestigious SNSF grant “Early Postdoc.Mobility” and moved to Boston (USA). She is currently pursuing a postdoctoral fellowship position in Dr. Lawson’s Neuroendocrine research group at Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, USA). Her primary research interest is the interplay of endocrine and behavioral factors which she is currently exploring in eating disorders and patients with central diabetes insipidus. During her MD-PhD studies, Clara received various awards and fellowships, i.e., PPHS stipend award and SAMW Young Talents in Clinical Research Beginner and Project Grant. She was also very active in addition to her studies, taking on institutional responsibilities (e.g., PPHS student representative), organizing the monthly Journal Club Methods, teaching, and supervising students. She was also vice president of the Swiss MD-PhD Association (SMPA) and a member of various scientific societies and active as a journal reviewer.

Kimberly Mc Cord, PhD – Data Scientist at Boston Children’s Hospital
Kimberly Mc Cord is a clinical researcher with a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Basel. The focus of her studies has been on the use of routinely collected data (RCD) in clinical research, including registry RCTs. She has collaborated in the CONSORT extension for trials using cohorts and routinely collected data and published several meta-epidemiological analyses on the application of RCD in trials. Kimberly is a Data Science Research Fellow at the Innovation and Digital Health Accelerator at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts.

Renato Mattli, PhD – Head of the Center for HTA and Health Economic Evaluations at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW)
Renato Mattli is currently Head of the Center for HTA and Health Economic Evaluations at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW). He conducted his PhD in public health and epidemiology at the University of Basel. Renato holds a master’s degree in human movement sciences from the ETH Zurich and one in business administration. His interdisciplinary work experience includes direct interaction with patients as a biomechanist in the outpatient setting; clinical research, market access and health economics at the international level in the medical device industry and close to 10 years of research, consulting and teaching experience at the Winterthur Institute of Health Economics at ZHAW.

Date & Time

14. October 2021 (afternoon)




Registration will open in September 2021.