Careers Archive


Career roundtable in plant sciences and ecology, May 26, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.

 ADAS in collaboration with Skills for Scientists are organising a round table in plant sciences and ecology on May 26, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.

This roundtable discussion will feature 4 scientists including 2 alumni from the FBM that will talk about their career paths and current roles. The event is aimed at young researchers who wish to learn more about the diversity of careers that are available following in the field of Plant Sciences and Ecology.

The confirmed panelists are:
Sebastian Soyk, PI & Assistant Professor at the CIG, UNIL
Moises Exposito-Alonso, PI & Assistant Professor (by courtesy) at the Carnegie Department of Plant Biology, Stanford, USA
Ramona Maggini, Plant Protection, Research group South of the Alps at Agroscope, Ticino
Andrzej Kurenda, Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) at Vivent SARL, Lausanne

Free registration on (event limited to 25 participants)


“L’Expérience doctorale, État des lieux et propositions de structuration”, livre PDF à télécharger gratuitement

(PDF-book on the doctoral experience only available in French)

«Un doctorat c’est une longue période de recherche individuelle, sous la houlette plus ou moins distante/bienveillante/ombrageuse… d’un·e professeur·e établi·e, dont l’horizon est un gros livre bien épais, fierté de toute une vie et que personne ne lit»…

Si vous y croyez, ou si vous croyez tout autre chose, d’ailleurs, mais que le doctorat en tant que formation et de jalon dans une vie intellectuelle et professionnelle vous intéresse, lisez de toute urgence «L’Expérience doctorale. État des lieux et propositions de structuration»!

Cet ouvrage de synthèse et de proposition publié l’an dernier par la HES-SO Haute école spécialisée est le fruit des compétences et des réflexions de 4 excellent·e·s spécialistes: Denis Berthiaume, Mélanie Bosson, Verity Elston et Isabelle Skakni.
À la CUSO, nous avons la chance et le plaisir de travailler tour à tour avec les 4 personnes, et d’apprécier leur savoir et leur acuité.

À télécharger librement sur…/Experience-doctorale-DevPro-juin…

L’avant-propos est signé du secrétaire général de la CUSO Denis Billotte.
#doctorat #PhD #doctoraleducation

Un exemplaire imprimé est à disposition dans le bureau de Corinne Dentan (GEN 4006)


Ma Thèse en 180 seconds 2021: UNIL Final at 6 p.m on March 30, 2021

Watch the UNIL finale online:

This competition is a challenge for PhD students who must present the topic of their research in 3 minutes.
Both jury and public can vote for the candidate·s who will have caught their attention and well popularised their thesis research.


Congratulations to Sophie Croizier on her Cloëtta Medical Research position!

S.Croizier (previously Ambizione in BT’s lab) was awarded a Cloëtta funding of her position for 5 years as junior Group Leader at the CIG.
The CIG warmly congratulates her and wish her all the best in this new project!

Further information on the research S.Croizier will lead in her lab:

The overweight and obesity pandemics and associated diseases such as type 2 diabetes, are major public health concerns. Whereas a small proportion of obesity is explained by genetics, we are now facing a dramatic increase of cases of obesity inherent to environmental alteration. Among those, access to palatable food and daily anxiety play an indisputable role in the development of obesity, particularly in women. In this context, the prevalence of obese women of childbearing age dramatically increased. Alarmingly, epidemiological and rodent studies pointed out a role of the maternal environment alteration in the development of metabolic diseases in children and offspring. Surprisingly, while our knowledge on the control of feeding has largely expanded over the last decades, our anatomical and functional understanding of how alteration of maternal environment affects this behavior and leads to obesity remains elusive.

As the hypothalamus is a key region controlling feeding behaviors, we seek to further characterize the factors orchestrating the hypothalamic feeding-circuit wiring. The formation of functional neuronal networks relies on axon growth and synaptogenesis developmental processes mainly driven by members of four guidance protein families. In the laboratory, we are focusing our interests in identifying molecules underlying the excitatory and inhibitory synapse formation and plasticity on key hypothalamic neurons, and in deciphering how alteration of maternal environment impairs these developmental processes.

To accomplish this innovative research program, we employ cutting-edge techniques such as optogenetics, calcium imaging and super-resolution microscopy in parallel with physiological, behavioral and neurodevelopmental approaches.

Further information on the Max Cloëtta grants:


InnoPACTT: a financial support to create your start-up. Deadline: Apr. 5, 2021

Are you a UNIL-CHUV researcher, you want to create a start-up and you are looking for funding to start it?

Apply for a one-year InnoTREK grant for your spin-off project resulting from UNIL-CHUV research!

PACTT, the UNIL-CHUV technology transfer office, is opening a call for projects, “InnoTREK”, as part of the InnoPACTT financial support, intended to accelerate innovation and the creation of spin-offs.
With this support, the PACTT wants to encourage researchers who have an innovative idea to embark on the entrepreneurial adventure.

Next project submission deadline: April 5, 2021
Phone: 021 314 39 84/021 314 49 58/021 314 82 19
Further information:


Congratulations and welcome (back) to Shanaz!

The Foundation for Technological Innovation (FIT) and the UNIL-CHUV technology transfer office (PACTT) awarded an InnoTREK scholarship to Dr Shanaz Diessler for her Sleep Sensor project for the monitoring and identification of sleep parameters .

The project began at the Center for Integrative Genomics (CIG) of UNIL, in Professor Paul Franken’s lab.
Dr Shanaz Diessler will work again in this laboratory for the duration of her fellowship.
At the end of this year of InnoTREK scholarship, Dr Shanaz Diessler will be able to more easily embark on her business creation project.

Further information about the Sleep Sensor project: