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UNIL accelerator for entreprenarial project : join the UCreate3 program – deadline Jan. 6, 2019

Turn your ideas into a reality : 

Call for projects until January 6th, 2020


Are you a student, researcher, PhD student, professor, employee or alumni of UNIL with an idea or an entrepreneurial project in mind ? Do you want to make it a reality with a complete acceleration program ?


Start your entrepreneurial adventure now with the UNIL accelerator ! Join the next edition of the UCreate3,  an acceleration program of 16 weeks from February 12th  to May 26th, 2020.


We provide support for all types of projects, whether tech or non tech, whether for-profit or not. Projects with a societal or environmental contribution are particularly welcome.


What is UCreate acceleration program ? The main objective of UCreate3 program is to facilitate and accelerate the creation and development of innovative projects. Selected projects will be supported by experts, coaches and mentors. Participants will also benefit from a credit line and a co-working space at the UNIL Accelerator located in building Amphipôle.


How to apply ? You will find all information needed under this link. Deadline for applications is January 6th, 2020 at 18:00.


A funding search tool for UNIL members: the “UNIL 4 Research”

The “UNIL 4 Research” (idox) is a tool which provides updated information on international research funding opportunities : collaborative projects, fellowships, prizes, mobility in and out, equipment, etc.

More details on this tool available on

Further information on the UNIL research support:



Prix Schläfli call 2020

The Prix Schlaefli, one of the oldest
 science prizes in Switzerland (since 1866), is awarded by the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) to young scientists for excellent articles resulting from PhDs in
 natural sciences disciplines.

Deadline of application: 31 October 2019

More information can be found on our website

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15 Fully funded PhD studentships in Quantitative Biology, UNIL


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.

UNIL’s Faculty of Biology and Medicine has a recently launched a doctoral programme entitled “Quantitative Biology”. A wide range of research groups are recruiting PhD students, covering areas as diverse as evolution, synthetic biology, plant science, cancer genomics, microbiology, molecular biology, neuroscience, biological imaging, and computational biology.

Hiring principal investigators include Roman ArguelloRichard BentonSven BergmannGiovanni Ciriello Adrien Depeursinge Paul FrankenMaria-Cristina GambettaJérôme GoudetLaurent KellerZoltán KutalikLiliane MichalikSerge PeletAlexandre ReymondMarc Robinson-RechaviSebastian SoykYuko Ulrich  & Jolanda van Leeuwen .


Job information

Expected start date: 01.03.2020 or to be agreed
Contract length: The initial contract is for one year and is extendable to a total of 4-5 years.
Activity rate: 80-100%
Workplace: University of Lausanne, Dorigny



Your qualifications

We are accepting applications from talented and enthusiastic candidates who are interested in a dynamic, well-supported lab at a top research institution. Candidates need to finish a Master’s degree in a relevant area before the start date of their doctoral studies.


We are looking for three main types of PhD students:

  • Students with a life science degree, interested in working in an experimental lab, but with a high degree of motivation to learn the fundamentals of computational biology, and to develop quantitative skills to analyze data more effectively
  • Students with a life science degree interested in working in a dry computational lab, keen to deepen their quantitative skills and broaden their horizon in terms of experimental and computational techniques
  • Students with a non-biological background (e.g. computer science, maths, physics), who are highly motivated to transition to Life Sciences

A high level of written and spoken English proficiency is required since most scientific activities are conducted in English,


What the position offers you

You will develop your research project while working in a world competitive, interdisciplinary and highly collaborative environment.

The PhD program in Quantitative Biology provides opportunities for professional training and acquisition of highly transferable skills. This is complemented by a wide range of activities (retreats, symposia, student life).

The position is fully funded. Salary and benefits are internationally highly competitive. Additional funding for consumables, computing, and to attend international conferences is available.


Informal inquiries

Prof. Christophe Dessimoz, Director of the UNIL Doctoral Program in Quantitative Biology program


Your application 

Deadline: 15.10.2019

Please, send your full application in Word or PDF through the form linked below.

It should contain:

  • Motivation letter (max. one page)
  • Curriculum vitae including, if available, extracurricular activities, internships, publications, conferences, awards, software contributions, etc.
  • Master’s thesis summary (max. one page)
  • The names and contact details of 2-3 referees

Lab visits and interviews will take place on 3-4 December 2019 in Lausanne.

Submit your application here! 

Further information: 


3 PhD Fellowships in Life Science starting April 2020 at the UNIL

The Doctoral School of the Faculty of Biology and Medicine (FBM) offers 3 PhD Fellowships in Life Science starting April 2020.

The FBM offers a broad choice of possibilities in different fields in the context of the outstanding scientific environment of Lausanne.

Among others : Angiology, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Cardiology, Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, Center for Integrative Genomics, Clinical Neurosciences, Computational Biology, Ecology and Evolution, Fundamental Microbiology, Fundamental Neurosciences, Fundamental Oncology, Gynecology, obstetrics and genetics, Hematology, Infectious Diseases,  Ludwig Center For Cancer Research, Medical Genetics, Microbiology, Neuroimmunology, Neurology, Oncology,  Pharmacology and Toxicology, Physiology, Plant Molecular Biology, Pneumology, Psychiatry, Psychiatric Neuroscience, Public Health, Radiodiagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Rhumatology, Urology

Further information:



InnoTREK: a financial support to create your start-up. (deadline Septembre 22, 2019)


InnoTREK: a financial support to create your start-up

You are a UNIL-CHUV researcher who would like to create a start-up and need a financial support to start? Apply for a one-year grant of CHF 100’000.- to launch your UNIL-CHUV spin-off !
PACTT is calling for start-up projects in order to award the InnoTREK grant. As part of the InnoPACTT financial support, the InnoTREK grant is designed to accelerate innovation and UNIL-CHUV spin-off creation, and to encourage researchers with innovative ideas to jump into the entrepreneurship adventure.

DEADLINE: September 22, 2019

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InnoTREK grant application_FR
InnoTREK grant application_EN

If needed, invention and software disclosure forms:
IDF form
SwDF Form

For more information please contact:
Phone: 021 314 49 58 / 021 314 39 84 / 021 314 82 19