Careers Archive


Registration open to Skills for Scientists courses Autumn/Winter 2021

Registration is now open to the Skills for Scientists courses that will be offered in the Autumn/Winter 2021.

In addition to the courses on the above link, we will also be organising a career morning for Masters in Medical Biology students on October 6th in collaboration with Prof. Sanjiv Luther and the FBM Biology school, and a virtual visit of the Covance laboratories in collaboration with the Graduate campus on October 12th. More information for these latter events will be available soon on this web page.
Best regards,

Skills for Scientists

Faculty of Biology and Medicine, UNIL
Dr. Slavica Masina and Prof. Johanna Joyce
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InnoTREK: a financial support to create your start-up – Deadline Oct. 3, 2021

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 !
Twice a year, 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.

Further information :

NEXT DEADLINE: 3 October 2021

Tél: 021 314 39 84 / 021 314 82 19


“What’s next? Career Options for Postdocs” – Postdoc retreat Sep. 11-12, 2021

The Association for Postdocs in Natural Sciences (APNS) at UNIL is happy to announce that registration is now open for our upcoming 4thAnnual Post-Doc Retreat (for Post-Docs and final-year PhD students of FBM & FGSE UNIL):


Where to go after your postdoc?

Join us this fall in Valais and meet former postdocs that moved on to many different careers including academia, industry, scientific publishing, consulting, start-ups, clinical settings …. Hear about their very personal career paths, ask all the questions that are on your mind about your next career steps, exchange with fellow postdocs, expand your network and make new connections – all of this in the beautiful Swiss Alps! 

When? September 11-12, 2021

Where? Finhaut, Valais (Chalet VATICAMP)

What? >> Final program at

For how much? 35 CHF incl. accommodation & food

Register here:

Be quick! There is a limited number of places available!

Please make sure you are available for the entire duration of the event. 

Note that a valid COVID-19 certificate will be required for participation.

Please register with your UNIL or CHUV email account and don’t forget to pay the 35 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

If you haven’t already, register to our mailing list to receive first-hand info

Looking forward to seeing many of you in Finhaut!

Yours truly, the APNS team

(APNS: Association for Postdocs in Natural Sciences at UNIL)


LS2 “PIs of Tomorrow” – Applications deadline: Sep. 30, 2021

“PIs of tomorrow: The Future of Swiss Research”

session at the next LS2 Annual Meeting 2022 which will be held in Geneva, 17-18 February 2022. This session offers postdocs interested in an academic career an opportunity to present a plenary talk similar in format to a professorship interview seminar

Selected participants will have the chance to get a slot for a 15-minute presentation, which should appeal to a broad audience and in which the achievements accomplished and the proposed future research is to be explained. The talk will be followed by a 10-minute discussion on various aspects of the proposed activity, as well as on career-oriented aspects of the presenter. A knowledgeable jury panel of professors will evaluate the presentations.

The best presentation will be awarded a prize. However, everyone is a winner, as all presenters in the session will receive feedback from the jury in a one-on-one private session afterward. Moreover, as a participant in the LS2 Annual Meeting 2022, you will have the opportunity to expand or refresh your network in Switzerland via interaction with scientists in and outside your field. Only applicants having ties to Switzerland will be considered (i.e. Swiss citizenship, Swiss residency, past or ongoing affiliation with a Swiss institution of at least two years by the 2022 meeting). Independent position holders are not eligible.

The following documents are required for the application:

  • Cover letter highlighting your career path, interest, and motivation to become an independent researcher (max. 1 page)
  • Research plan including feasibility (e.g. tentative timeline, technical expertise), methodology, the significance of the proposed research, and their societal impact (max. 1 page)
  • Graphical abstract – overview of the proposed project/research plan (max. 1 page)
  • CV with information about grants, research mobility, teaching and leadership experience, collaborations, outreach activities and publication list supporting the application (max. 2 pages)

For cover letter and research plan, use the text formatting as Arial 12pt, 1.5 paragraph spacing, and justified aligned.

Selection criteria

  • Scientific quality of proposed research
  • Novelty and creativity
  • Relevance and impact
  • Research output
  • Collaborations, networks and outreach
  • Teaching and leadership
  • Independence and maturity
  • Mobility

To apply, please follow the guidelines in the application link below to upload your documents in a single pdf file (max. 5 MB):

Applications must be received by October 1st, 2021 (23:59 CET). Questions to the session should be addressed to We are looking forward to your application and hope to welcome you in February 2022 at the LS2 meeting!


Mobility and fellowships for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers, information session on July 7, 2021 at 12:00 P.M.

The UNIL Research Support Network is pleased to invite you to an information session, aimed at PhD students and postdoctoral researchers willing to enhance their scientific profile. 

This event will take place on July 7th 2021, from 12:00 to 14:00 
Register here:

12:00 – 12:15 Introduction and presentation of the Research Support Network of the UNIL
Véronique Longchamp, Commission for Research Expertise of UNIL

12:15 – 12:45 Funding opportunities from foundations and other agencies 
Claire Arnold, Grant office UNIL

12:45 – 13:15 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships (MSC PF) 
Anne-Emmanuelle de Crousaz, Euresearch UNIL/CHUV

13:15 – 13:45 Mobility funding scheme Mobi.Doc for PhD students and SNFS « Career » funding schemes 
Véronique Longchamp, Commission for Research Expertise of UNIL

From 13:45 Q&A Session 
Presentations will be in French with slides in English. The questions & answers will be in both languages. 

If you consider applying for a 2021 MSC Postdoctoral Fellowship with UNIL or CHUV as host institution, please contact asap


Career Chat with Roland Berger “Scientists in consulting: from bench to boardroom”, June 17, 2021 at 6:00 P.M.

Have you always been wondering what it is like to work for one of the biggest consulting firms as a life scientist? Would you like to know more about the work of a management and strategy consultant?
If so, join us on Thursday, 17th June at 18:00 for our next online Career Chat with Consultant Dr. Victoria Strouvelle and Senior Partner Dr. Matthias Bünte from Roland Berger.

Dr Matthias Bünte holds a PhD in Astrophysics from ETH Zurich and has more than 25 years of experience in Management consulting as well as working as General Manager in the biotech industry and is now a Senior Partner at Roland Berger. 

Dr. Victoria Strouvelle successfully finished her PhD in Virology at the UZH in 2018 and after some experience as student consultant, she started her current position as Consultant at Roland Berger in 2019.

In their talk, they will give us insights into the transition from bench to boardroom and will tell us how scientists can start a career in consulting.

Sparked your interest? Then join us and get all of your questions answered!

Due to the current Covid-19 situation, the event will take place online via Zoom. Registration is required. Please register via the link below.

Registration at:
Registration deadline: 17th June, 18:00