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15 Fully funded PhD studentships in Quantitative Biology

15 Fully funded PhD studentships in Quantitative Biology



The advent of large-throughput data is transforming life sciences into an increasingly quantitative discipline. The University of Lausanne (Switzerland) is at the forefront of this revolution, with quantitative research ramping up throughout the Faculty of Biology and Medicine, a dedicated department of Computational Biology, and interdisciplinary units such as the Center for Integrative Genomics. UNIL also hosts the headquarters of the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, to which many quantitative research groups are affiliated, and closely collaborates with EPFL on the same campus. Ideally situated along the lake of Geneva, near Lausanne’s city center, UNIL brings together over 120 nationalities.


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Following the information given by the vice-rector in charge of « Sustainability and Campus », here are some safety measures that must be applied by all from Sep. 7, 2020

 Information on COVID measures at UNIL is available to everyone on the website:  We give some excerpts and details below.

From Monday September 7 onwards, everyone coming on campus has to make sure he or she has a mask. Wearing a mask will be required for moving within the buildings, including cafeterias and libraries, and as soon as the distance of 1.5 meters cannot be respected.

Each UNIL employee, student and researcher will receive a cloth mask at the beginning of September, which has the advantage of being washable and thus reusable. Disposable masks are also available and distributed according to the rules of each department, as before.

It is also essential that everyone disinfect their hands on a regular basis using the distributors present in the building entrances as well as in common areas in each department.

Finally, the presence of each employee in the building must be clearly announced according to the rules in force in each department or platform. Use of the SwissCovid app is strongly recommended.


What events can take place on campus?

A document on the prioritization of the occupation of the premises from September to December 2020 on the Dorigny campus is available on this link: A2021.pdf

Since UNIL’s basic mission is teaching and research, priority is given to events directly concerning these two fields, such as colloquia, thesis defences, etc. And if there is space and availability, other types of events will be allowed. We should therefore not imagine being able to make up for the events cancelled in the 2020 spring semester, or to organize as many as usual, given the current conditions and the limited capacity of the premises.

During this period, aperitifs and other coffee-croissant meetings can only take place in the food service areas (cafeterias and restaurants) with all participants seated in compliance with health regulations. Aperitifs organized within a given room or department are not authorized.


Life Science Career Day, Oct. 21 , 2020, SwissTech convention center (EPFL) – REGISTRATION OPEN

A FREE event to get ready for your professional future!

  • Boost your career and get guidance. Learn how to communicate successfully with prospective employers, get ready for a job interview, and valorize your competences.
  • Discover positions in the corporate world, non-profit organisations & the public sector.
  • Expand your network! The networking forum is a perfect occasion to exchange insights with professionals & alumni from many organizations and companies.
  • In summary: The main goal of the LSCD is to provide guidance, tools & networking opportunities. Such information will help you to build a career after having obtained your degree or a postdoctoral experience.


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Oct 19, 2020 Mini-symposium “Adipose tissue metabolism and cardiovascular diseases”

We are pleased to announce the new date of the Mini-Symposium of the Cardiovascular and metabolism (CVM) PhD program of the Faculty of Biology and Medicine, UNIL/CHUV, entitled

Adipose tissue metabolism and cardiovascular diseases”

Organizer: Francisco Verdeguer, Department of Molecular Mechanisms of Disease,
University of Zurich

When: October 19, 2020 from 9:00 – 12:30

Where: CHUV Lausanne, main building BH08, Auditorium Auguste Tissot
(remote participation via videoconferencing will be possible)


Talk program:

  • Isabel Lopez-Mejía (Center for Integrative Genomics, University of Lausanne, Switzerland): The SR protein Srsf2 modulates lipid metabolism in white adipose tissue
  • Jose Javier Fuster (Spanish National Center for Cardiovascular Research, Madrid, Spain): Somatic mutations and clonal hematopoiesis in age-related cardiovascular and metabolic disease
  • Patrick C.N. Rensen (Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands): Brown adipose tissue in lipid and glucose metabolism in health and disease
  • Francisco Verdeguer (Department of Molecular Mechanisms of Disease, University of Zurich): Transcriptional and metabolic control of brown adipose tissue thermogenesis

Further program details are available on the CVM website. The meeting is free of charge, but please register by filling the form here prior to October 1.  Participation to the mini-symposium will be accredited by the Direction of veterinary affairs and their inspection (DAVI), section Lausanne, as a half day of continuing education. Please note that previous symposium inscriptions (done before the confinement) cannot be kept.

For PhD candidates: There will be workshops with symposium speakers in the afternoon following the symposium between 14:00 – 16:00h. The UNIL doctoral school attributes 1.0 ECTS for PhD students who present a signed participation form for the mini-symposium (0.25 ECTS morning session, 0.75 ECTS afternoon session). Please also use the registration link here and indicate your workshop preference.

Dr. Ulrike Toepel
Coordinator of the LN and CVM PhD Programs
Office hours: Monday, Tuesday and Friday
Address: Doctoral School Amphipôle,
room 316 Unil-Sorge
University of Lausanne
1015 Lausanne
Phone: +41 (0)21 692 4014
Fax: +41 (0)21 692 4005


A word from the CIG Direction – 18.06.2020

Dear all,
Whereas we are happy that life at the CIG is slowly getting back to normal, we should remind ourselves that we are not out of the COVID troubles yet. We urge you to act accordingly, and adapt your behavior to the circumstances. Some of the behaviors seen in the building on these last days and weeks are not adequate with the present situation.
– do keep distances with your colleagues
– do wear a mask if you are unsure about your ability to keep minimal distances.
– do desinfect and wash your hands very regularly (coming in the building, touching common material etc.)
– as sad as this might be, please do limit social interactions with colleagues at work.
– We do keep timesheets and we urge to adhere to them. This information will be paramount in the unfortunate case of someone being infected, as it might avoid to have the full center in quarantine. This is only valid if interactions are limited, in principle to the people within a group. Do avoid to go around other floors, eat in the building cafeteria close to colleagues you do not need to be close to for professional reasons.

– your PI is responsible for the timesheets. They will transfer us the information at the latest on the Monday at the start of the week concerned. Do absolutely respect the timesheets because of the above! Do inform your PI if some changes are exceptionally necessary.

– do avoid passing around material if it can be avoided.
– be respectful of your colleagues: what may be ok for you is not necessarily ok for them: they have a right to work in an environment they consider as safe as possible, without your judgment interferring! We do not want to overplay it, but small adaptations might make a big difference for colleagues.
if you have symptoms compatible with a COVID infection: immediately inform your PI, Nicole and Alex, and stay at home. Contact your medical doctor, or go on, do inform us of the results of the test.
– For obvious privacy reasons and to avoid any form of discrimination, we will not communicate to the entire building the names of people who might have contracted the COVID. We will (and have) inform(ed) the colleagues concerned, based first on timesheets, second on a list provided by the person, and on whatever pertinent information the PI can give us. We are doing and we will do our best to protect everybody of course!
Please do not hesitate to ask us, or/and your PI if you have any questions regarding the above. Your PI might also give you further recommendations which we strongly invite you to follow.
Thank you for your help in this matter!

Alexandre Reymond

Nicole Vouilloz

The GEN retreat 2020 in Les Diablerets is canceled

In view of the current COVID situation, up from 10 to 100 infections per day on average, we feel obliged to cancel our traditional Genopode retreat. While this is unfortunate we think that this is the best way forward in the present circumstances.

The Génopode Retreat 2020, September 10 & 11 (Thursday & Friday) in Les Diablerets (Eurotel Victoria).