Opportunities

Funded 3-year PhD in cognitive-behavioural neuropharmacology at University of Zurich, starting 01/2019

As part of the Clinical Research Priority Program (CRPP) “Synapse & Trauma” our research consortium aims to investigate the molecular basis of adverse experience and identify possible treatments for clinical interventions (http://bachlab.org/synapse-trauma). We are currently recruiting 5 PhD or MD/PhD students to start on 01. January 2019. As part of this CRPP, the student(s) will be co-supervised between a clinician and a neurobiologist. The student(s) will attend joint lab meetings, seminars and Journal club discussions between the labs based in the Department of Psychiatry (Campus Lengg) and Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology (Campus Irchel).

In this context, we invite applications for a funded PhD or MD/PhD position in cognitive-behavioural neuropharmacology and neuropsychology, based in the lab of Dominik Bach (http://bachlab.org). The candidate will conduct human behavioural studies to investigate the impact of synaptic plasticity inhibitors on memory consolidation and reconsolidation, involving psychophysiology and neuropsychological testing. Furthermore, they will perform documentation, data analysis/statistical modelling, and prepare publications. Further details on http://bachlab.org/synapse-trauma. The candidate will enroll in a PhD program at UZH. Interested MDs can apply for the structured national MD/PhD program.

We are looking for a highly motivated, communicative and diligent person who wishes to pursue a career in basic or clinical neuroscience. The position requires a strong interest in translational neuroscience, motivation to acquire experimental skills, ability to do team research in a structured environment, and excellent communication qualities to interact with human volunteers. The candidate will have experience in, or be motivated to learn, data analysis in Matlab and R. Previous experience in human experimentation, data analysis, or programming, would be useful. Applicants should have an MSc in psychology, neuroscience or biology, or be recently graduated physicians. Fluent English is mandatory, German would be useful.

E-mail your application as one PDF document to jobs@bachlab.org Enclosures: cover letter; statement of research interest; CV with publication list; B.Sc/M.Sc/MD certificates with course grades; Reference letters from two to three referees. Application deadline: Till the positions are filled.

MD/PhD or PhD position available starting 01/2019 in a cross-disciplinary topic of cognitive neuropharmacology and synaptic mechanisms.

As part of the Clinical Research Priority Program (CRPP) “Synapse & Trauma” our research consortium aims to investigate the molecular basis of adverse experience and identify possible treatments for clinical interventions (http://bachlab.org/synapse-trauma). We are currently recruiting 5 PhD or MD/PhD students to start on 01. January 2019. As part of this CRPP, the student(s) will be co-supervised between a clinician and a neurobiologist. The student(s) will attend joint lab meetings, seminars and Journal club discussions between the labs based in the Department of Psychiatry (Campus Lengg) and Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology (Campus Irchel).

The funded PhD or MD/PhD position involves both human and rodent experimental research and will be 50% based in the lab of Dominik Bach and 50% in the lab of Shiva Tyagarajan (). More details on http://bachlab.org/synapse-trauma

The candidate(s) should exhibit strong social skills in recruiting and conducting human research, and analytic skills for data analysis and interpretation. It is expected that the students have a strong knowledge in molecular biology and biochemistry. This collaborative project will (a) investigate the impact of synaptic plasticity inhibitors on memory consolidation and reconsolidation in human subjects; (b) study synapse changes after pharmacological intervention in rodents and in-vitro primary neuron systems.

The Bach and Tyagarajan labs offer a friendly, collaborative and dynamic research environment that allows for fantastic scientific training. Highly motivated individuals can learn a diverse range of cutting-edge techniques in molecular and cellular neuroscience, super-resolution microscopy, and human clinical research. All the necessary infrastructure for the project is available. The candidate will enroll in a PhD program at UZH. Interested MDs can apply for the structured national MD/PhD program.

E-mail your application as one PDF document to translational.PhD@bachlab.org Enclosures: cover letter; statement of research interest; CV with publication list; B.Sc/M.Sc/MD certificates with course grades; Reference letters from two to three referees. Application deadline: Till the positions are filled.

MSc theses and semester projects on SIROP, for internal and external students

for external students (not UZH or ETH), see additional information below.

MSc and Dr. med. for local students and MDs

  •  one-year research projects (MSc UZH), 6- and 3 month-projects (MSc ETH), Dr. med. projects
  • topics: fear conditioning/extinction, anxiety models, emergence of subjective feeling, applied statistics (pattern classification methods)
  • methods: behavioural methods, EEG, statistics & data analysis methods, pharmacology

Supervision: Prof. Dominik Bach

Please contact us with a CV (PDF) and BSc documents for further information.

MSc and research studentships for external students

We host external research students with the following restrictions:

  • minimum stay 12 weeks
  • relevant background
  • no employment, no work contract, no enrolment at local university

For further information, please contact us with a CV, study certificates, proof of enrolment, ID/passport (all in one PDF), and refer to these restrictions in your email. Due to a heavy load of informal enquiries, we cannot answer applications without these documents.