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.
posted on 11.01.2021
A postdoctoral position is immediately available in the group of Dr. Silvia Monticelli 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.
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 and to disclose networks of interaction between epigenetic modifications, transcription factors, microRNAs and their targets. This project offers the opportunity to learn a wide range of techniques in cellular immunology and molecular biology, as well as to develop independent thinking. The environment at IRB also favors the exchange of knowledge and ideas through journal clubs, seminars and talks. Access to state-of-the-art research facilities will also be provided.
Selected lab publications
The successful candidate has recently obtained a PhD degree in a field related to immunology and is fluent in spoken and written English. Proven ability to successfully bring projects to completion is mandatory and shown by co-authored publications. At least basic bioinformatics skills are also required. Previous experience in working with primary immune cells is preferable, but not mandatory. Applicants should be highly motivated and ambitious, highly reliable, flexible and ready to develop independent thinking and learn new skills. At-the-bench supervision of younger students will also be requested. The position is funded initially for 1-2 years, with the possibility of extension, although the candidate is also expected to attract her/his own competitive funding.
This position is available immediately and a starting date will be discussed individually.
Interested candidates should send:
i) a motivation letter including a statement of research interests
ii) CV including degree(s) with grades of final examinations (if applicable)
iii) Publication list
iv) Two reference letters
Please send a single pdf file by email to email@example.com
Applications will be evaluated as they are received and until the position is filled.
The project aims at developing novel compounds targeting ANCA (Anti Neutrophils Cytoplasmatic Antibodies)-associated vasculitis (AAV), and will involve in vitro analysis to study the responses of different types of human cells to compounds able to modulate inflammatory conditions.
Previous experience of in vitro analysis of human cells and knowledge of chemokine biology is desirable.
Interested candidates should send:
i) curriculum vitae with publication list,
ii) motivation letter,
iii) name and e-mail address of two referees.
in a single pdf document to Dr. Mariagrazia Uguccioni by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date: 15th February 2021
posted on 26.06.2020
Looking for highly motivated PhD Students and Postdoctoral candidates for studies of the immune response and immune memory to human pathogens. A successful candidate will be comfortable working in a dynamic environment with a multi-disciplinary research team and international collaborators, and at effectively communicating results. This role involves the development of cutting-edge technologies and exposure to medically relevant research. Experience in immunological and virological assays, molecular biology, next-generation sequencing and computer programming is a plus but not required. Positions available starting as early as in August of 2020. Please send CV with name of 2 references.Contact: Davide F. Robbiani, MD, PhD, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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 (email@example.com) to the attention of Dr. Davide Robbiani (Director of IRB) and Dr. Carlo Catapano (Director of IOR).