PhD scholarship available at the DE (CHUV), Lausanne, CH

PhD Scholarship in Human Genetics at the Department of Endocrinology (CHUV – Lausanne)

The position advertised for a doctoral candidate (PhD student – 100%) in the field of human reproduction and endocrinology, and is linked to a project funded by the Swiss National Fund for Scientific Research (SNSF).


The Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV) is one of the 5 Swiss university hospitals. Through its collaboration with the University of Lausanne Faculty of Biology and Medicine and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), the CHUV plays a leading role in the fields of medical care, medical research and training.


The candidate will work on projects aiming to determine the neuroendocrine basis of human reproduction by combining clinical data, human genetics, bioinformatics, molecular biology and animal models.

The discovery of new genes involved in congenital hypogonadotropic hypogonadism (CHH) may allow a better genotype-phenotype correlation, as well as an improvement in genetic counseling. The mutations present in new genes identified by this project will increase our understanding of neuro-endocrine control of reproduction with potential applications to a broader spectrum of fertility pathologies.

Through the doctoral thesis, the candidate will apply a variety of bioinformatic and genetic applications to high-throughput sequencing data (e.g. whole genome, RNA-seq., etc.) to discover new genes and/or pathways involved in the pathogenesis of congenital hypogonadotropic hypogonadism.

Candidate profile

A Master’s degree in biology/life sciences (with a strong interest in genetics and / or bioinformatics), or equivalent is required.

Previous experience in genetic analysis using advanced bioinformatic tools and statistics is preferred.

Experience in the manipulation and analysis of high throughput sequencing data is helpful.

The desire and ability to work in as part of a team dedicated to researching the neuroendocrine basis of reproduction in an excellent international setting.

Benefits offered

Employment at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, with the accompanying benefits of:

– First-rate social benefits

– Regular salary progression

– A minimum of three-day training (conference) fees per year

– 25 days vacation per year

– Hotel-quality corporate restaurants in each of the institution’s buildings.


Contact and application

Contact for information about the function: Dr. Federico Santoni –

Applicants can send a CV, a letter of motivation and 3 letters of recommendation


The position is open until 09/03/2018.

The application should be done through the CHUV website:

Since all our applications are processed electronically, we thank you to apply exclusively via the Internet, by clicking on the button POSTULER at the bottom of the announcement. If for technical reasons, you can not apply online, we invite you to physically visit our e-recruitment team, which will assist you with your application (contact: 021.314.85.70). We will answer you from Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 12:00 and from 14:00 to 16:30.