Before considering to apply for a position at the IRB, you are encouraged to read the following advice.
Having an outstanding CV is a very good start but is not sufficient to be short listed for an interview, and is definitely not enough per se to get the position your are applying for. Your motivation and career plan are crucial and will be of high impact on the success of your application.
In your motivation letter, which has to be written in English, you need to clearly demonstrate why you want to join the IRB and this group of research in particular. Your application should also contain the e-mail addresses of at least two referees.
If you intend to join the IRB, you should wonder not only what the Institute will bring to you but also what You will bring to the Institute. We ask you not only to be self-critical but also to be scientifically critical with your future team. The Institute is looking for good Scientists not for tasks executors.
Working efficiently is more expected than working hard, even if one does not exclude the other and vice versa.
If finally you have the chance to be short listed for an interview, please prepare it. Look all over our website to know the environment surrounding the research group you are applying to, read their last publications, current projects and research networks; study the core facilities available at the Institute. Even if in the job advertisement you have only a few sentences describing your future project, start to think about it, how you would approach it.
In short, applying at the IRB should not be one of the X applications you are writing and sending. Instead, it should be thoroughly prepared.
For applications to the IRB PhD Program there is no official deadline: please contact directly the head of the laboratory you would be interested in, explaining exactly why you are interested specifically in that research and in general in obtaining a PhD. Send a complete CV and names of referees.
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The laboratory of Prof. Petr Cejka at the Institute of Research in Biomedicine (Bellinzona, in the southern region of Switzerland) is looking for candidates for PhD student positions or appointments at a postdoctoral level. Our laboratory investigates mechanisms of homologous recombination using primarily biochemical approaches. The laboratory is associated with the Università della Svizzera italiana and ETH Zurich, and was recently awarded the ERC Advanced Grant.
Requirements: Interest and enthusiasm to work on competitive projects in an international team. Applicants of all nationalities can apply, but good writing and communication skills in English are necessary.
For PhD student positions: Master’s degree in molecular/cellular biology, biochemistry or equivalent, with excellent grades demonstrating a strong track record.
For Postdoc positions: PhD degree in molecular/cellular biology, biochemistry or equivalent. Excellent track record in terms of research accomplishments. At least one first author publication in a high-quality peer-reviewed journal is necessary. Preference will be given candidates competitive for international postdoctoral fellowships.
Applications: We are looking to welcome new members of the laboratory after the move of our institute to a new building (still in Bellinzona) in fall/winter of 2021. Please apply by the mid-June, 2021, by e-mail (CV, cover/motivation letter and contacts of 3 referees to email@example.com). Please limit the attachment size to 1MB.
The Cejka laboratory (link), located at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (link) in Bellinzona, Switzerland, is looking for a candidate for a PhD position. The laboratory is funded by an ERC advanced grant and grants from the Swiss National Science Foundation. The position will be fully funded. We plan to investigate mechanisms of DNA repair pathways using a biochemical approach. Please consult our website and publications to learn about our research interests. Details of the research project will be determined upon discussion with the candidate and mutual interest. Candidates should have a degree in Molecular or Cellular Biology, Biochemistry or a related discipline.
Deadline for applications: May 15, 2022, but please apply as soon as possible. Preferred start date Summer 2022.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, their Curriculum Vitae and complete contact information for at least three referees to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A post-doc position is available in the Molecular Immunology lab at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB) in Bellinzona, Switzerland (www.irb.usi.ch/molecular-immunology), to join projects aimed at understanding mechanisms of regulation of gene expression in immune-mediated processes.
Have you recently obtained a PhD degree in a field related to immunology or molecular biology? Are you fluent in spoken and written English? Are you highly motivated and excited about learning new skills and developing independent thinking? Please apply!
The research topic concerns the study of transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression in cells of the immune system. The general goal is to extend our knowledge of the mechanisms that regulate immune cell differentiation and functions. The exact project will be defined after discussion and based on mutual interests.
With access to state-of-the-art facilities and a vibrant environment that favors the exchange of knowledge and ideas through journal clubs, seminars and talks, you will have the opportunity to address mechanistic questions relevant to immune responses. The lab is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundations (SNSF) and other grants. Salaries are in line with the recommendations of the SNSF, and preferred starting date is in the Summer-Fall 2022.
Applications will be evaluated as they are received and until the position is filled. Please send a single pdf file by email to email@example.com, including the following: