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Institute of Oncology Research (IOR),

affiliated to USI,

run by an


foundation with the same name



Open positions

Spontaneous applications

As a growing research institute, we are always looking for outstanding, motivated researchers and students.

We regularly offer the following positions:

  • Internships
  • PhD studentships
  • Clinical fellowships
  • Postdoctoral fellowships

If you feel you would fit well into our dynamic research environment, feel free to send your CV to the Group Leaders.

Working at IOR

Working at IOR means being part of a team at the forefront of oncology research, in a stimulating and collaborative environment.

IOR offers a multicultural environment and daily occasions of interaction with world leaders in the fields of cancer, basic immunology, and cancer immunology, a thriving environment, an exciting research project and multiple occasions of interaction with world leaders in the fields of cancer, basic immunology, and cancer immunology.

In addition to contributing to innovative research projects, our employees enjoy a wide range of benefits that make the work experience even more rewarding.

Working at the IOR is not just a career, but an opportunity for personal and professional growth in an environment that values and supports each individual.

Career and continuing education

The IOR has a strong commitment to the education and training of young researchers through international collaborations with various universities and research centers. In addition, the IOR contributes to the educational programs of the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences of the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) and to the doctoral school with the PhD Program in Cancer Biology and Oncology.

The IOR is regularly involved in organizing academic and training courses.

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Human resources service

HR at IOR is responsible for coordinating hiring efforts, providing on- and offboarding for employees and students, and managing their entire life cycle at the Institute.

Maintaining the personnel database is crucial to ensure that all paperwork involved in hiring someone is completed and that everything from the first day to each subsequent day is navigated successfully. Coordinating with the IT Service for email accounts and IT access for new arrivals is also part of the role.

HR provides Payroll with all the details necessary for timely and accurate salary payments.

Information and instructions on various topics are part of the daily support provided to colleagues, such as contracts with IOR, staff rules, permit applications, health insurance, social insurances, and pension funds. HR helps newcomers find lodging by providing specific information and valuable contacts.

HR also administers employee benefits, continuously adding new partners to the existing ones.

Support, legal counsel, and reporting to management must be professional, especially considering the multicultural environment of the IOR community. HR ensures smooth and professional collaboration with all external partners, such as the Immigration office, insurance companies, and other private or public entities, and rounds out HR activities.


Cristina Bordoli, HR Specialist, +41 58 666 7009

Myurre Ariyaratnam, HR Assistant, +41 58 666 7025


Employee benefits

IOR employees enjoy a wide range of benefits that make the work experience even more rewarding. 

These include insurance coverage, favorable terms at banking institutions, discounts on car purchases through contracted fleets, access to a fully equipped gym, restaurants, swimming pools, theaters and numerous leisure activities. In addition, IOR employees can benefit from a new nursery opened in Bellinzona thanks to the partnership with Ape Maia Nursery Association (watch video). Benefits include reserved places, priority in the waiting list, special rates.

Equal opportunities and gender equality plan

The IOR wishes to create an open, tolerant, collaborative, and inclusive environment where all community members can freely and safely participate in scientific discussions and discoveries and can fully develop and achieve their career goals. To create this environment, interactions among all members of the IOR community must always be based on mutual respect. As an equal opportunity employer, IOR considers employees regardless of race, gender, national origin, or other characteristics.

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Living in Bellinzona

Bellinzona is broadly known for its three medieval castles: Castelgrande, Castello di Montebello and Castello di Sasso Corbaro, now called Fortezza Bellinzona (the Fortress of Bellinzona). Despite the city’s small size, you can find everything you’ll need for your leisure activities, from cultural to social and sports options. Furthermore, Bellinzona is very well connected to the bigger cities of Lugano and Locarno, where you can also enjoy activities on the lake.


Bellinzona hosts a big polyfunctional sports center where you can find indoor and outdoor swimming pools, ice rinks, golf, tennis and beach volleyball fields.

Cultural events

Festivals are easy to find during the summer season in the Bellinzona region and in Ticino, with live concerts, street food events and the world-famous Locarno Film Festival.

To learn more about events in Ticino visit ticino.ch and bellinzonaevalli.ch.

To learn more about events in Bellinzona visit incitta.ch.