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15 Fully funded PhD studentships in Quantitative Biology

15 fully funded PhD fellowships 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.

UNIL’s Faculty of Biology and Medicine has recently launched a doctoral program entitled “Quantitative Biology”. A wide range of research groups are recruiting PhD students, covering areas as diverse as Genetics, Cell biology, Metabolism, Computational biology, Oncology, Evolution, Microbiology, Imaging, Molecular biology, Neuroscience, Gene regulation, Radiobiology, Plant science, Ancient DNA, Population Genetics, Single-cell Genomics, Epi-lipidomics, Stem Cell Biology, Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials.

In 2022, hiring principal investigators include Francesca Amati, Sven Bergmann, Giovanni Ciriello, Christian Fankhauser, Maria C. Gambetta, Jérôme Goudet, Gilbert Greub , François Kuonen , Zoltán Kutalik, Alexandre Reymond.

Job information

Expected start date: 01.03.2023 or to be agreed

Successful candidates will be offered one of two kinds of PhD student work contract, depending on the funding available to the hiring supervisor by the start of the contract:

(1)    Doctoral assistant on UNIL funds, at an activity rate of 85%. The initial contract is of one year but will be renewed up to 5 years.
(2)    Doctoral assistant on external funds, at an activity rate of 100%. The initial contract is of one year but will be renewed up to 4 years.

Please also note that in some cases, again depending on the hiring supervisor situation, contracts will be issued from the CHUV (University Hospital) or a different UNIL faculty.

Workplace: University of Lausanne (Dorigny, Bugnon, or Epalinges—depending on the supervisor)

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-class, 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. Giovanni Ciriello, Co-director of the UNIL Doctoral Program in Quantitative Biology program

Your application 

Deadline: 15.10.2022

For your application to be considered, you need to fill in two forms. Please read these instructions carefully.

The first form, linked here , requires the following informations:

  • Personal details
  • A cover letter. This can be very brief, since you will provide your motivations in the second form below.
  • A single PDF document containing:
    • Your curriculum vitae (with extracurricular activities, internships, publications, conferences, awards, software contributions, etc.)
    • Available transcripts (Bachelor’s and, if available, Master’s)
    • Bachelor or Master’s thesis summary, preferably, or summary of any research project you’ve been involved in. If the work is part of a team, please clarify your contribution.
  • The names and contact details of 2-3 referees

The second form, linked here , requires you to answer the following questions

  • What your most meaningful research experience to date and why? [up to 4000 characters, i.e. approximately 850 words]
  • What accomplishment—academic or not—to date are you proudest and why? [up to 1500 characters, i.e. approximately 320 words]
  • Why would you like to pursue a PhD, and why specifically at the UNIL Quantitative Biology Ph.D. program? [up to 1500 characters, i.e. approximately 320 words]
  • Which recruiting labs are you the most interested in and why [up to 1500 characters, i.e. approximately 320 words]

If you can’t access the second form (e.g. connecting from China), please follow the instructions on this page.

Lab visits and interviews will take place on 5-6 December 2022 in Lausanne.

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Postdoc Retreat on Scientific communication in academia and beyond, Sep 9-11th, 2022

The Association for Postdocs in Natural Sciences (APNS) at UNIL organises the 5th Annual Post-Doc Retreat (for Post-Docs and final-year PhD students of FBM & FGSE UNIL) on Scientific communication in academia and beyond.

Sharpen your pens/keyboards and join us this fall in Valais for a writing retreat to improve your written communication skills. Take part in workshops on writing for academic and non-academic audiences from experts in the field. As a bonus, you get to exchange with fellow postdocs, expand your network and make new connections – all of this in the beautiful Swiss Alps!


 September 9-11, 2022


Finhaut, Valais (Chalet VATICAMP)


Final program attached and at
For how much? 50 CHF incl. accommodation & food

Register here: Be quick! There is a limited number of places available! Please register with your UNIL or CHUV email account and don’t forget to pay the 50 CHF to cover your accommodation and food to complete the registration process. Fees will not be reimbursed for late cancellation or without any good reason. Registration will close on Sep 1st.

Find out more at


Seminars of candidates for Professorship at the CIG, Aug. 18-19, 2022 in Aud. C

-> NEW!!! Give your feedback about the seminars via your smartphone or laptop by Friday 3pm! :


L’éprouvette (UNIL) is looking for lab instructors to organise scientific workshops (science communication).

L’éprouvette, the science and society laboratory of the UNIL, is looking for students (from the third year) and assistants in biology or medicine to animate scientific workshops for schools and families. These workshops are held from Monday to Saturday, upon registration. The working hours depend on the number of registrations. The duration of the different activities varies from 2 to 4 hours on average. These workshops can take place at L’éprouvette (Amphipole) and sometimes outside as in schools or festivals. The services are paid by the hour.
Please send your CV and a few lines about your interest and motivation to  


HUB de l’UNIL – Call for projets, program UCreate3

Are you a student, researcher, professor, employee or alumni from UNIL with an impactful project that you would like to carry out?

Join the UCreate3 program from October 8th, 2022 to January 12th, 2023 and be part of 8 selected projects to:

Acquire skills and tools to launch your project: support by tutors, coaches and entrepreneurs during 16 weeks and up to CHF 10.000 to develop your solution,

Access the new creative, collaborative and interdisciplinary UCreate space from Villanova: in the heart of the campus, dedicated to entrepreneurship, you will be able to work on your project, boost your team and exchange with other participants

Develop your network: an access to the HUB community, visibility among the regional innovation ecosystem and facilitated access toward potential support at the end of the program. 

Apply before September 15th, 2022 on

We favor projects with a social and/or environmental impact. Projects in both French and English are welcome. This free program can be carried out alongside your studies or your day job. 

Further information on:
HUB Entrepreneuriat et Innovation


PharmaCamp event – Bern (CH), Sep. 15 & 16, 2022

Would you like to work in Pharma Industry, but don’t know how to get in? Would you like to get an inside look to the pharmaceutical business or opening a biotech startup?
PharmaCamp is a new event in Switzerland that will provide you just that. Showcase your skills to top companies & professionals and compete with your peers while having fun and network! 
Winners of the challenge collect a cash prize.

WHO CAN APPLY? From natural science students, to engineers and business people; from Master students to recent graduates, PhDs and PostDocs. 

We invite all of you to participate. 

Event is a case challenge competition that opens with a talk series about new trends in pharma with a focus on personalised medicine and about opening a biotech startup.
The selected 25 applicants will be divided in 5 teams and will have almost 24 h to come up with a solution to ascience/business challenge. 
The solutions will be presented in front of an expert panel and the winning team will be presented with 2’000 CHF!

WHEN & WHERE? Bern, CH on 15th & 16th September.
The accommodation in Bern for participants will be provided. 
Are you up for the challenge? Learn more about the event on our website and check our our flyer
Spots are limited, so don’t hesitate to apply!