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.
The IRB aims at creating a vibrant, collaborative and inclusive environment, where people safely and freely engage in scientific discussions and discovery. To achieve this goal, interactions among all members of the IRB community should be based at all times on mutual respect. The IRB will not tolerate any inappropriate behavior that offends personal integrity, personal dignity and hinders equal opportunities. Harassment, bullying, discrimination, threatening behaviors and violence are all unacceptable at all levels of employment and the person committing the acts will face consequences, regardless of the status or position. Retaliation against people acting in good faith will also be not tolerated.
If you experience inappropriate behavior at any time, please report it. For more information, please consult your supervisor or HR. The IRB is there for you and will support you.
There are currently no job vacancies. Please check the website at a later date for any future vacancies.
The Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB; www.irb.usi.ch) in Bellinzona, Switzerland, is an internationally recognized research center. The activities of its 13 research groups, range from human immunology to the fields of DNA repair, rare diseases, structural and cell biology. Since 2009, the IRB is affiliated with the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) and is part of the newly created Faculty of Biomedical Sciences, which started a Master of Medicine program in 2020. The IRB is also affiliated with the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB) and has a collaboration agreement with ETH Zurich.
IRB benefits from a wide international network of collaborations and provides teaching and training programs for graduate students from Swiss and foreign Universities. So far, over 100 IRB students have successfully defended their thesis and obtained excellent positions at leading institutions all over the world. The IRB is supported by grants from the European Union, the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and other agencies and foundations.
The IRB is recruiting an outstanding data scientist for our bioinformatics core facility (BCF). The BCF closely collaborates with IRB scientists and provides support for the analysis of large data sets. As a member of the BCF you will develop novel approaches at the intersection of data collection, analysis and integration. You will be working with a range of genomic and cellular data types, including single-cell RNA sequencing, B and T cell repertoires and mass spectrometry analyses, multi-omics data integration, functional analysis at systems biology level, statistical and computational support. Furthermore, you will be adding statistical rigor to experimental processes. An ideal candidate will be enthusiastic about using data science and bioinformatics to further our understanding of the immune system.
Applicants should hold a Master or a PhD degree in bioinformatics or/and life sciences, with an excellent background in NGS analysis and relevant experience in the field. Wet lab experience a plus.
Exciting work environment and a competitive salary are offered for this full-time position of strategic importance to the growth of the institute. Remote working may be possible for a portion of the time.
Please send your application to email@example.com, including a cover letter with expected availability date, CV, a complete list of publications and the contact address of at least 2 references.
Application deadline: May 15, 2021.
Earliest start: immediate.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org). Please limit the attachment size to 1MB.
posted on 26.06.2020
Positions are available for PhD Student and Postdoctoral level candidates for studies of DNA damage in B lymphocyte cancers (lymphomas). The successful candidate will be part of a small team working at the interface of immunology and cancer. The role involves development of novel techniques and mouse lymphoma models. Experience in molecular biology required, familiarity with next-generation sequencing and computer programming desired but nor required. See Robbiani et al, Cell 2015, Rommel et al, J Exp Med 2017 and Wang et al, J Exp Med 2017. Positions available starting as early as in January of 2021. Please send CV with name of 2 references.
Contact: Davide F. Robbiani, MD, PhD, email@example.com
posted on 02.10.2020
The Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB, www.irb.usi.ch) and the Institute of Oncology Research (IOR, www.ior.usi.ch), are seeking a Grant Officer to help support their research activities. The candidate is an individual with broad scientific interests and a background in either cancer biology, immunology, cell biology, microbiology or computational sciences. She/he will have excellent communication skills and the ability to work in a dynamic team. Other requirements include:
Tasks and responsibilities include:
IRB and IOR are non-profit research institutes located in Bellinzona, Switzerland, and affiliated with the Università della Svizzera italiana. Both Institutes are currently supported by grants from the European Union, the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and other agencies and foundations (overall about 8 million CHF/year for IRB and 6.5 million CHF/year for IOR).
The full-time position will be 50% at IRB and 50% at IOR. Remote working may be possible for a portion of the time. Exciting work environment and a competitive salary are offered for this position of strategic importance to the growth of the institutes.
Application deadline: November 1, 2020.
Earliest start: January 1, 2021.
Send CV with letter of motivation along with copies of educational and work certificates by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) to the attention of Dr. Davide Robbiani (Director of IRB) and Dr. Carlo Catapano (Director of IOR).