2 PhD positions in Infection and Immunity

The Institute for Research in Biomedicine (http://www.irb.ch/home) provides high-level scientific education for undergraduate as well as for graduate students. The PhD program is carried out in collaboration with Swiss and foreign universities. The experimental work is carried out at IRB under the direct supervision of a Group Leader. The program includes seminars, lessons, summer courses and an annual retreat.


The laboratory of Infection and Immunity at the IRB is seeking two highly motivated candidates for a 4-year PhD position founded by the SNSF. The aim of the project is to characterize different aspects of the inflammatory response to viral infections using biochemistry, immunology as well as state-of-the-art intravital imaging technologies. The deadline for the application is the 20th of December 2021.


The sucesful candidate will hold a master’s degree in Biochemistry, Immunology or Cell Biology and be fluent in English. Experience in FACS, cell imaging, will be a plus.


Applicants should send her/his CV (max. 2 pages) and a reference letter to: santiago.gonzalez@irb.usi.ch




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