PhD positions in Quantitative Biology open at the UNIL

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 is at the forefront of this revolution, with more and more quantitative research 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 launched a new doctoral program entitled “Quantitative Biology” (
Several research groups are recruiting PhD students, covering areas as diverse as synthetic biology, plant science, cancer genomics, microbiology, molecular biology, molecular evolution, neuroscience, biological imaging, and computational biology.

Job information

Expected start date: 01.02.2019 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. Funding for consumables, computing, and to attend international conferences is widely available.

Informal inquiries

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

Your application 

Please, send your full application in Word or PDF to

by 15.11.2018.

Your application should include:
* 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