PhD Position: Emerging Business Models in Digital Healthcare

The chair of Operations Management (Prof. Dr. Elgar Fleisch) at the University of St. Gallen is looking for a PhD Student and Research Assistant

What are the business models behind the recent developments in the field of digital healthcare?

The ongoing digitization of our everyday life offers unique opportunities for innovation in healthcare. The CSS Health Lab is an integral part of the Centre for Digital Health Interventions (CDHI) (, a joint initiative of the Institute of Technology Management at the University of St. Gallen (ITEM-HSG), the Department of Management, Technology, and Economics at ETH Zurich, and the Swiss health insurer CSS.


The CSS Health Lab strives to specify, develop, and evaluate consumer- and healthcare provider-centric applications for the prevention and management of non-communicable diseases and common mental disorders using ubiquitous computing technology.  ITEM-HSG in St.Gallen under the supervision of Prof. Fleisch and co-supervision of Prof. Kowatsch: Research Assistant – Emerging Business Models in Digital Healthcare with the objective of obtaining a Ph.D. at HSG.


You must be eligible for a Ph.D. at the University of St. Gallen and you will work on specific projects in cooperation with our healthcare partner CSS. As part of our team, you take direct project responsibility. You will plan, conduct, and evaluate cutting-edge research at the intersection of the social, medical, and engineering sciences. This includes subfields such as entrepreneurship, general management, behavioral science, and information systems.


Employment conditions, compensation, and benefits are attractive and based on the guidelines of HSG. The average duration necessary for successfully obtaining a Ph.D. is 3 1/2 years.


You should meet the following requirements:


  • A master’s degree in engineering, medical sciences, or social sciences with a GPA (Grade Point Average) of at least 5.0 (GPA of 2.0 and better in Germany and Austria) in combination with a strong interest in entrepreneurship and management.
  • Prior experience in applied research projects, start-ups, or venture capital, as well as prior work experience in the health industry, is advantageous
  • Strong interest in healthy longevity, social and health psychology, health economics, technology-based innovation
  • Self-confident appearance and high conceptual and communication skills, especially regarding presenting research results to a broad and interdisciplinary audience
  • Profound knowledge (written/oral) in German and English

if you are fascinated by the described task and would like to be part of a highly motivated, young team, we would be pleased to receive your electronic application directly to Prof. Dr. Tobias Kowatsch. Please use the subject line: Research Assistant, Emerging Business Models in Digital Healthcare.


For further information please feel free to contact Dr. Kowatsch., Scientific Director Centre for Digital Health Interventions at ETH & HSG, Assistant Professor for Digital Health at HSG,  Lead Principal Investigator, Future Health Technologies Programme, Mobile Health Interventions Singapore-ETH Centre, SingaporeAdvisor on Emerging Technologies & Data Analytics, Center for Technology and Behavioral Health, Dartmouth, USA, and, starting August 2022, Professor for Digital Health Interventions at UZH, and Director, HSG School of Medicine